Jugaad and informality as drivers of India’s cow slaughter economy

  title={Jugaad and informality as drivers of India’s cow slaughter economy},
  author={Yamini Narayanan},
  journal={Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space},
  pages={1516 - 1535}
  • Y. Narayanan
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space
India’s status as the world’s leading milk producer is significantly sustained by cow slaughter, a criminal act in most Indian states. The paper argues that jugaad, a complex Indian sociological phenomenon of corruption and innovation, is vital in enabling the illegal slaughter of cows on an industrial scale in the informal economy. Jugaad is enacted through ingenious alterations to social processes and material products in two ‘grey’ and informal spaces that are rendered exceptional to formal… Expand
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