Hindu devotees worship a sacred cow on the eve of Gopastami in Hyderabad on November 3, 2011. The cow is regarded by Hindus as gau mata, or maternal figure, and has had a long-standing central role in India's religious rituals.
Nadeem Qureshi, 37, in his butchers shop in Nizamuddin, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Delhi, India on March 12. Qureshi, whose family has been in the meat industry for generations, said the bulk of Indian beef is being exported to China, Russia and the Middle East.
The cashier at Qureshi's butchery looks out his window in Nizamudin, Delhi, on March 12.
Beef hangs from meat hooks in the butcher's quarter of Nizamuddin, Delhi, on March 12. This year, India will displace the United States as the world's third largest beef exporter.
A sacred cow strolls down a dusty road in Burari, a suburb of Delhi on March 13.