“I know we are not a predominantly agrarian economy now, and the cow is not so central to our system. Yet, it is the only emotional and religious force which can unite the nation,” said a leader decades ago.
His disciples rule the country. Beef is banned. People who are believed to be dealing in beef are lynched by mobs. Fear prevails.
A cow is screaming across the arroyo.
People around think before they help, “Whose vote banks will it boost? Somebody needs to videograph the act.”
There is a clear strategy and agenda around whipping up sentiment, but will this fit in or invite ire from some camps? The population in the nearest village belongs to a certain community. What if she is owned by one of them? Why don’t they take her home?
The cow is still screaming, but nobody knows why.