"While cow veneration and vegetarianism may be the hallmarks of Hinduism today, Mr. Jha compiles copious evidence that this has hardly always been the case." -- New York Times "This book may not please Hindu fundamentalists, but its research is impeccable." -- The Telegraph, Calcutta, India "The pen might still be, if not mightier than the nuclear arsenal, at least a weapon worth scanning for, like knives at airports, a weapon capable of subversion." -- Times Literary Supplement "A meticulously researched, strongly worded, persuasively articulated challenge to long-held religious beliefs, The Myth of The Holy Cow is a unique and iconoclastic contribution to the study of Hindu beliefs, practices, history and customs." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch "A well-argued and soundly documented study..." -- Choice "Jha draws on an amazingly wide range of material ... an enlightening endeavour, demonstrating a critical understanding of a popular misconception." -- Journal of Asian Studies
About the Author
Dwijendra Narayan Jha is Professor of History at the University of Delhi. His books include Ancient India in Historical Outline (Delhi, 1988) and Feudal Social Formation in Early India (Delhi, 1987).