There is no dispute about the sacred nature the animal called the cow. We need to look into all these aspects if we need to be effective. Beef is considered an affordable source of protein for the poor man, not just those belonging to the minority communities. Food habits cannot be dictated, more so in a democratic country. As the debate unfolded on these lines, the issue appeared to have multiple layers.
However, Punjab and Himachal have lighter penalties for violating the law than Haryana. Some Dalit student associations in the region state that beef preparations, such as beef biriyani, is the traditional food of low-castes. Purchasers will also have to provide identity papers and ensure that they don't sell the cattle for 6 months. The extent of overall vegetarianism is much less than common claims and stereotypes suggest; survey estimates show that between 23% and 37% of the population of India is vegetarian. Thus a group of Hindus in India are driven by three things towards self definition of their identity which is a nostalgia for a golden past for the loss of which they lay the blame on the doorstep of the Muslim invasion by the Mughals, for which they hate them, along with a fear of the presence of an increasing population and migrants, rightly or wrongly, and a desire for a restoration of an imaginary past of glory where the nation-state is purged of the other that Muslims are first. At a time when food has provided so much grist for the identitarian and nativist mill, it is important to infuse into public discourse a modicum of reason through facts.
Now, it is clear that the proper way to see a meat-free India would not involve punishing innocent people who have grown up with a tradition nor those who cannot find a better job, however demeaning their current one is. In the same way irrigation practices began to be deeply affected soon after 1800. The had a tremendous role in skillfully converting this sentiment into a national movement. Non-Violence in Indian Tradition, London: Rider, , pp. On closer examination we may be surprised to find only a small section amongst the Muslims and a still smaller number amongst those currently termed scheduled-caste Hindus partaking of cow flesh.
I have found that often the upkeep of these animals is dismal, either because of lack of funds and infrastructure to provide adequate care or because of apathy towards to the plight of these animals. Cow slaughter in contemporary India has triggered riots and violent vigilante groups. Considering the contentious issue at present, the beef ban bill in Maharashtra had moped the dust since 1995 and on a landslide victory in both the centre and state, this bill immediately received assent from the President with alacrity. If the predicaments for the nutrition demand and the excess supply of cattle coexist, why ban? This growing trend of identifying, scapegoating, and punishing those who are only alleged to have eaten beef or slaughtered cows is not restricted by state boundaries, or by time. On festive and religious occasions especially on the feast of Bakr-Id which happened once a year Islamic tradition had prescribed the sacrifice, killing and eating of a sheep, or a goat, and when there were seven or more to share the feast, then a camel could be sacrificed.
The presence of carcass of a cow too was considered valuable and the person who touches or is in midst of such a scene is considered untouchables. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. They eat no flesh, but live by roots and rice and milk. In 1966, Indian independence activist wrote a letter to then Prime Minister calling for a ban on cow slaughter. As a sign of dissent, ample public interest litigations have been filed by activists and advocates to lift this present blank ban. The main reason behind this is, beef is much cheap as compare to other meats.
Photo: India Today 7 Illegal slaughterhouses are bad Nobody knows the correct number, but there may be tens of thousands of illegal slaughterhouses in India. Pet dog owners consider the animal as part of their family and many in India even have a problem with stray dogs being culled legally by the government. The move is expected to hit the meat export industry. I am of the opinion that while India as a nation does not profit off beef bans, Dalits and Muslims do not profit from the animal industry. That way at least banning the slaughter of all cows is a good beginning.
With the Muslim's holy month of Ramzan beginning from Sunday the move is seen as a step closer to a national beef ban. We have also gone for large scale mixing up of Indian cows and foreign cows etc. No — A large number of people associated with the Beef industry will be unemployed. Since it costs less, beef is the best source of protein to the poor. Furthermore, Beef serves as a poor man's source of protein. But the commission needs to appreciate that its appointment, in the first place, is a manifestation of the yearning of the Indian people for the past 150 years to restore the paramparic sense of sacredness and the inviolate stature of the cow in the Indian society.
Thousands of people employed in the meat industry, including members of majority community, will lose their source of livelihood. In fact during the debates in the Constituent Assembly 1946-1949 , the Muslim members offered to support an outright ban on cow slaughter. During the Sikh reign, cow slaughter was a capital offence, for which perpetrators were even executed. When Islam settled into India it continued to sacrifice the sheep, the goat, the camel on the Bakr-Id and such occasions. Would the beef ban actually help the cattle? So much so, that a deity who is supposed to be black Krishna, the name literally translates to black is always depicted in colour blue, perhaps because people are too embarrassed to depict him as his original colour. Clearly, the new law will have an impact on the export business as well. With the exception of Bihar and Rajasthan, where age of a calf is given as below 3 years, the other States have not defined the age of a calf.
Jacques Lacan was the psychologist who spoke of the Other. According to the Maharashtra government, anyone caught possessing, selling or eating red meat will land in trouble. These bans do not even represent a somehow rationalized argument for protecting only cows in a nation when they are abandoned if not slaughtered once they are no longer able to produce milk. Although some members were keen on including the provision in the chapter on but, later as a compromise and on the basis of an assurance given by , the amendment was moved for inclusion as a Directive Principle of State Policy. Article 48 of the prescribes the state to prohibit the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle. The question of belief should be restricted within the scope of the constitutional guarantees.