POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 03, 2015 AT 14:35 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 03, 2015 14:35 IST

No more soya wine chilli beef or Tappanyaki beef in Mumbai's Leopald cafe. It's time for some of the Mumbai restaurants to reprint their menus, it seems, or be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs.10,000.

President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the almost two-decade old Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) bill that bans cow slaughter in Maharashtra with restrictions on sale and possession of the meat.

Bill was originally passed in 1995 by the BJP-Shiv Sena government but has only come into effect now.

Chief minister Devender Fadnavis expressed happiness over the President's assent to the bill.

But many on Twitter didn't seem to share the CM's enthusiasm on the matter.

Outlook's Oct 20, 2014 issue carried a graphic which might shed some light on the meat-eating patterns of our nation where 60% of the population is non-vegetarian.

In an article called 'They Will Stay Short' published in the same issue, Anuradha Raman wrote:

Animal protein yields better height, stronger muscles, a fact often suggested as a solution to counter India’s malnutrition problem, especially in the light of some uncomfortable statistics. Forty-four per cent children are malnourished, of which 45 per cent have stunted growth and another 20 per cent are too thin, or ‘wasted’ as health parlance goes. Buffalo nationalism, of the kind trumpeted by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Union minister Maneka Gandhi, with the tacit support of the ruling BJP dispensation, then is not the answer. In the face of data showing a declining pulses intake (largely on account of rising prices) and dietary shifts, the poor, it would appear, would be forced out in the tirade against meat. Eggs and milk are expensive. Judged by the nutritional ratio, meat, especi­a­lly beef, is not.

Dried beef is a staple in many Dalit households, among the poor as well as in the Northeast. It accounts for nearly 70 per cent of their protein intake. A series of studies conducted by the National Nutr­ition Monitoring Bureau has come up with some astounding facts. In the last 50 years, the average height of the poor increased by just 1-3 cm as opposed to the middle class and rich who have shot up by 6-8 cm.

Also read about the beef-eating habits of ancient Hindus: A Brahmin's Cow Tales (From Outlook archives)

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 03, 2015 AT 14:35 IST, Edited At: Mar 03, 2015 14:35 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2014 AT 20:01 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 21, 2014 20:01 IST

Pravin Togadia—whose Twitter handle describes him as "Renowned Cancer Surgeon ; International Working President, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad)—has stirred up a controversy by a speech alleged to have been made on Saturday, April 19, 2014, targeting Muslims for buying properties in Hindu areas.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2014 AT 20:01 IST, Edited At: Apr 21, 2014 20:01 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 05, 2014 AT 00:57 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 04, 2014 23:57 IST


When news first broke of Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) also targeting Wendy Doniger's On Hinduism published by the Aleph Book Company, after its success with  getting Penguin Books India to withdraw her The Hindus: An Alternative History, Atul Kothari, co-convenor of SBAS, was quoted by The Sunday Express as saying, “We have been given an oral assurance by the publishers that the sales of the book will be stalled. The publishers have been given a week’s time to provide an assurance in writing, failing which, SBAS would move the judiciary.”  He had said that they would wait for a written assurance for a week, failing which the Samiti may take its next “democratic step” to ensure the book is withdrawn.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 05, 2014 AT 00:57 IST, Edited At: Mar 04, 2014 23:57 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 11, 2014 AT 18:11 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 11, 2014 18:11 IST

For those who came in late:

Today's Developments

The legal notice sent by Dina Nath Batra to Wendy Doniger, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. and Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd:

Read from Outlook archives:

This is not a case of a ban, or censorship or overt or covert governmental or judicial censorship, this is a case instead of moral policing and an abject surrender by Penguin India, in abdication of their responsibility to stand by their author and fight the legal battle.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Feb 11, 2014 AT 18:11 IST, Edited At: Feb 11, 2014 18:11 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 23:47 IST

While Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti continues to be rightly taken to task for his racist and misogynst remarks against women from Africa, his party colleague, and AAP Executive Member Kumar Vishwas is facing the flak for his remarks made in a kavi sammelan in 2008.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 22, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Jan 22, 2014 23:47 IST
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