I know this post is coming super-late, but I had to vent out my feelings on the subject. And thankfully, heartranjan (link) has already done the needful so I am just going to share his post - It's hilarious and brilliant:
Emphasis mine below:
// In the continuing absurdity that is Indian politics, another chapter was written two weeks ago when the Maharashtra government banned the sale, consumption and possession of beef.
And this has confirmed my staunch belief that religion mixed with politics is a recipe for disaster. As with every stupid government decision, behind every decision, is a hollow, fuck-all logic. The most common reason stated was that it is hurtful to Hindu sentiments, as the cow is a sacred animal for millions of Hindus.
1. In response to 'Why the Wendy Doniger episode is not a free speech issue' - link