Beasts, murrains, and veterinary health
in Beastly encounters of the Raj
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This chapter examines whether the late colonial state was divested of the predominantly military aims that had governed its actions during the earlier phase, at least as far as veterinary health was concerned. It aims to study colonial veterinary policies in detail, and to point out the various ways in which these policies differed from those implemented in case of human health. J. H. B. Hallen, first Inspector General of the Civil Veterinary Department in 1892, became entirely preoccupied with horse-breeding issues despite his passionate and strong views on the subject of cattle murrains. In the Indian context, horses were of little or no use from an agrarian perspective and were not therefore preferred as domesticated beasts of choice, except in military situations or in situations where rapid transportation was needed. The chapter also examines whether similar influences were at work in determining the nature of veterinary training in India.

Beastly encounters of the Raj

Livelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in North India, 1790–1920


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