GOI, Do Not Interfere with Food Habit

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Government of India is bringing a law that will ban sale of cattle for human consumption. There are many Indians who do not eat beef. Slaughter of cow is not allowed in most states. Now government is attempting to stop slaughter of bull, bullock and buffalo. Government wants farmer selling his cattle to ensure that cattle will not be slaughtered by its buyer. Sale happens in district cattle markets. Farmers sell their unproductive cattle. In retrun they get some much needed cash. It is also important to know.

  • Tracking animal is a tall order in a country where there is no means to keep track of people. Such a tracking system of animals can be created.
  • Should creation of animal tracking system be an important priorities of government?
  • What plan government has to take care of aging animals?
  • Does government has plan to compensate farmers?
  • Unless farmers find it lucrative to be in farming business, not many will be in the profession. Indian food security will be threatened?
  • Meat industry supports many people with jobs. Leather industry associated with meat processing industry also employ a large number of people. All these people will lose their jobs.

Many poor people eat this meat as a source of protein. Yes, they can eat vegetables. Compared to meat, vegetables are more expensive. It is true BJP government is fulfilling its promised agenda.

  • How will a person with meagre income afford alternative to inexpensive meat?
  • Should creating job, looking after health of people and education be the utmost priority of any government?
  • Should ban on cattle slaughter not be way down in priority list of government?

If government is really concerned with peoples health, why not it bring in better education, create employment and improve healthcare ? I can see the move may have good intention of  providing good quality meat to consumers. An animal farm that raises animals for consumption with a vetrinary doctor present to monitor for zoonotic disease.

  • Even if it is assumed that only a small portion of Indians eat beef, is it really, government’s job to monitor eating habit of citizens?
  • Why not let people decide what they want to eat.
  • Government may put warning symbol on meat products, like on cigarette pack, to warn people of bad effects of meat eating.
  • Is banning trade of cattle and insisting on buying meat from a registered vendor,  is an attempt it to benefit a business group?
  • At the present time there are not many such animal farms in India. Should government had not created such a farm and then brought the law?
  • Will such move not increase the price of meat and make it beyond reach of poor people?

Bigger and more sinister design that many people suspect that government is working to bring in agenda of creating vegetarian Hindu Rashtra through back door in India? Several state chief ministers have said so in public. One of the first decisions that UP chief minister took was to close down illegal abattoirs operating in UP. Cattle transporters are beaten up with impunity. Pehlu Khan was killed, but he was the first person to be jailed for illegal transport of cattle.

BJP has a brute majority in the parliament and in many state assemblies. Use this opportunity to bring lasting change in India in terms of education healthcare, employment etc. Cattle slaughter may be your agenda, it should be way down in priority. Yes government can bulldoze through whatever they want to do, but this will be achieved by alienating a section of society. As honourable prime minister had said, government must run with consent of those who voted for it, and those who did not vote for it. It is imperative that this vision of prime minister must be upheld. I voted for BJP with great hope. My entreatey is please do not let people like me down. Do not tear our beautiful social fabric into pieces. I think government must educate people and let people take informed decision.

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4 thoughts on “GOI, Do Not Interfere with Food Habit

  1. Abhay May 30, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Constitution guarantees freedom of faith, practice and propagation of religion and also help us in protecting these rights if it is getting infringed, either by state or by individuals. Cow is very sacred to Hindus. They worship it as a mother. So killing of a cow is not acceptable and tolerable to many.
    It is in our directive principle of state policy to protect cow from killing.
    Liberals quotes Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals on many issues. Gandhi was also not in favor of slaughtering cows.

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  2. abhiray59 May 30, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Cow slaughter is not the issue. It is not allowed in most states. In India Buffalo, bull and bullock are slaughtered for human consumption. Now that is being stopped. It is not acceptable. India is not only cow loving states of North and Central India. In North East, goa, Jammu and Kashmir, South India cow / Buffalo meat is consumed. One cannot ignore such a large mass of people to protect belief of one set of Indians.

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    • Abhay May 30, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      I know it’s very controversial issue and can be endless debate. Hence I will desist myself from going in this cascading discussion. However I would like to say, with due respect, that your response is inconsistent and defy logic & faith, both at one go. You are contradicting your own statement.
      Your first sentence says”Cow slaughter is not the issue ” and in last sentence you endorse it. You are projecting majority belief as if they are minority.

      Your last statement ” “is in contravention to the constitutional provisions. India is a unique country where majority is always at receiving end.

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  3. abhiray59 May 30, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    All I am saying is except Kerala and West Bengal cow slaughter is not allowed in most states. Buffalo meat is used as food. That is being banned. There are vast number of people in India who fall in the category of dalit, tribes of North East, Christians of God and other places. These people eat meat. They are not Hindus. A Secular democratic nation cannot ignore them. Besides, beef eating is not banned by BJP ruled Goa. Meghlaya BJP leader promises lowering of beef price if came to power. In Naga land, Mizoram, Arunachal and Manipulate beef is a staple diet. Are we going to ban everything? Where is the issue of majority and minority? I am from majority community. I vote for BJP. I do not support cow slaughter ban. So does BJP home minister from Arunachal, Mr Rijiju. Even if one small minority has a food habit no democratic government can bulldoze their right.

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