Like I said in my last post, I’d be happier not saying anything about current affairs, but this is one I’m too worked up to keep quiet about.
How can they ban beef?
Clearly, this has nothing to do with the state of the slaughter-houses. They’ve banned trade, transportation, even possession of beef. How can this not be an infringement of basic freedom? In a country like India, I mean, which claims to have people of all faiths etc etc etc.
As I’ve said before on this blog, I eat beef. I’ve given beef to my kids. I don’t care if that makes me a sinner or a bad Hindu, because I don’t believe in that stuff and I don’t live my life by those rules. But I think that even if I didn’t eat beef – and it’s not like we eat it all that often; maybe once in two months, or less – I’d still be horrified by this law. Because there are so many people whose religion (or absence of religion) does allow them to eat beef and by banning beef, we’re trying to impose our Hindu ethics on them. This is just plain wrong. If we do this, how can we call ourselves a secular state?
I’m actually ashamed, right now, to be part of this state, this society. Where is that freedom and equality that we tout so proudly at every opportunity?
I’m realistic enough and honest enough to know that I’m not the one who’s going to challenge this law in court. I’m angry enough to want to, but… there’s the rest of my life to be getting on with. And I’ve had it up to here with our judicial system too! But, if there’s anyone filing a PIL out there, sign me right up, please.