The cow circuit: the tourism culture that is India

The Union government is exploring a new tourism opportunity — a cow circuit. To promote cow-based tourism economy, the newly formed Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog has decided to carve out a route that will wind through places in the country which breed indigenous cows.

The board has identified states like Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa for this circuit.

Tourists, especially from foreign countries, students and researchers, will be told about Indian cows, which will also help them in research…

“We have so far focussed on religious, recreational, and adventurous tourism, but if we can link our cow tourism with tourist hotspots, we will be able to promote our indigenous breeds like Gir from Gujurat, Gangatiri from UP, or Ongole from Andrha Pradesh…this will also help in promoting cow-based economy as products made from cow ghee, cow urine and cow dung will be sold at tourist places…”

Here is the full story from Times of India, via Rayman Mohamed.


India should make a new grade of beef this side of Kobe. Obviously in the parts that are ok with it. Like how Spain has its jamon, Italy has its parmesan, India could have its special graded regional export.

Just to play along, aren't the parts of India that are OK with beef as a product called Pakistan and Bangladesh?

"Kerala, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and West Bengal are the states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter"

22% of Hindus eat beef. That's more than Buddhists, Jainists, and Sikhs but less than Muslims and Christians.

Interesting. I wonder how that goes along with this - 'In India, where cows are venerated by a large segment of the population, cow vigilante violence involving mob attacks in the name of "cow protection" targeting mostly illegal cow smugglers, but in some cases even licensed cow traders, has allegedly swelled since 2014.'

And a bit more detail - 'Cattle slaughter is banned in most states of India. Recently emerged cow vigilante groups, claiming to be protecting cattle, have been violent leading to a number of deaths. Cow-protection groups see themselves as preventing theft, protecting the cow or upholding the law in an Indian state which bans cow slaughter. According to a Reuters report, a total of 63 cow vigilante attacks had occurred in India between 2010 and mid 2017, mostly since the Modi government came to power in 2014. In these attacks between 2010 and June 2017, "28 Indians – 24 of them Muslims – were killed and 124 injured", states the Reuter's report.'

What is interesting is that your link means that hoping for an export market along the lines of Patanka's suggestion is unrealistic - 'As per existing meat export policy in India, the export of beef (meat of cow, oxen and calf) is prohibited.'

Most of the states anon99 are majority tribal. They are only “Hindu” in the sense of “not Abrahamic.” Kerala and West Bengal have in the past been dominated by Communists who can’t be expected to cater to Hindu sentiments.

22% of Hindus would not vomit at the thought of eating beef but that doesn’t mean they eat it regularly or wouldn’t prefer to itself. Historically given the choice between scavenging or starving there would have been people who preferred the former but the idea that there ever were Hindu communities with a tradition of eating beef is concocted by the usual suspects in reaction to the obvious mainstream veneration of cows.

Ugh “wouldn’t prefer to eat something else.”

Let us be blunt: we are talking about a savage regime.

Kerala has active and popular communist party but is in no way dominated by them. And that is not an explanation for its love for beef.
Kerala has a tribal population but it's not "majority tribal" state. Ignorance!
All I can say is Kerala is a secular state. religious chauvinism doesn't have much traction there.

The Indian government intends to milk this for all it's worth.

Spain has denominación de origen controlada (DOC) and Italy has Denominazione di origine controllata to protect the quality of jamón ibérico and parmiggiano-reggiano, respectively.

Sadly, our hosts are against appellations of origin. Maybe an appellation of origin for Indian products make them reconsider.

PS. if you like jamón ibérico, try once secreto ibérico. It's the same pork used for jamón but the cut is skirt steak. It's perfect for the grill, medium rare or even rare. It's more juicy than the ham, it has more flavors and they are more is beyond good and evil =)

Do I want to know what cow ghee is?

I was also afraid to look for it, but it's some kind of butter.

Wait a's bradbutter, nothing to worry about, it's delicious =)

Wow. I guess they don't care about global warming!

I'm a frayed knot. Get it? Frayed. Knot.

we reckon yale medical school tuition ($60k/yr) is a pretty good deal if they can diagnose and exorcise demons!
but wouldnt that sorta stuff
be peer reviewed?
we reckon yale psychiatrists could be over reading brain scans, again

Tourists are a special breed. Stupid might be more accurate. I grew up at a tourist attraction, where my parents worked and I played. Tourists everywhere, who would come by the thousands, millions, in cars from places far away to gawk at, what exactly? To gawk at what I would see every day. I was even treated as something of a celebrity because I lived there, the tourists taking my picture for reasons unknown to me. The absurdity of it all was captured when a family of tourists asked the desk clerk at our motel for directions to New Jersey. "That way", she responded, pointing north.

Sadly, the many breeds of domestic dairy cattle produced through the centuries in Europe are becoming more and more rare as the commercial focus on milk volume produced per cow is now the primary importance. Once common breeds like the Ayrshire, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and others can't hold their own against the milk production of the black and white spotted Holsteins in industrial dairies. Additionally, nearly all of these cows are conceived through artificial insemination using the sperm of particularly desirable bulls. Thus dairy cows are becoming more and more closely related.

In a way, we're seeing a kind of "racism" in the dairy industry, where only breeds of cows that produce enormous amounts of milk are deemed worthy of reproduction and further life.

Appreciate the attempt. Dairy cows live at the leisure of their owners. They would be extinct otherwise. This isn’t true of people, with exception of invalids.

A closer analogy may be that of slavery, but even then, the humans involved all were capable of surviving on their own, outside that institution.

The plight of the enslaved Jersey and blight of their speciesist owners!

The cows that gave birth to the US beef industry were the feral descendants of those brought to the New World by the conquistadors. They not only didn't become extinct for lack of the leisure of their owners, they reproduced so effectively as to become a nuisance that developed into an industry that spurred the western expansion of the railroads, the Chicago and Kansas City packing houses, and the ranching culture of the Great Plains.

And what is the worth of a non-leaning Tower of Pisa?

Do they give them a free Brahma Bull Cookie for a souvenir?

Call Mr. Cow
That's my name
That name again
is Mr. Cow.

I would never patronize devil-worshiping business and I ask the readers to not patronize it either. I think we could take a page from Brazil, whose President has vowed to nominate an Evangelical to the country's Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal).

My new sockpuppet. I am not a crank.

Cow tourism, eh? Because of my family's relatives in Nebraska and my wife's in Oklahoma, I've criss-crossed America's Cow Belt plenty of times. Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana, etc. Seen plenty of cows, though it never occurred to me to stop the car and observe them. Maybe I was missing out. Although the times I've found myself on foot and near a cow they didn't seem too interesting. Not a lot going on behind those big, brown, roll-y eyes.

"Seen plenty of cows, though it never occurred to me to stop the car and observe them. Maybe I was missing out. Although the times I've found myself on foot and near a cow they didn't seem too interesting. Not a lot going on behind those big, brown, roll-y eyes."

Don't you see devil-worshipers are fooling gullible tourists?!

was in india years ago and saw a brahmin cow with two adolescent legs growing out of its upper back hump (Puri area south of Caluctta). some sort of crazy deformity. at the hotel i was staying at there was a fairly prominant national geographic photographer staying at it so i directed him to the said cow, unfortunately, he never found it.

i have lots of great cow stories from india.

I live 7,000 miles from the Taj Mahal. I am not likely to make the trip to look at cows. A tiger in the wild would be different.

Will this work?

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