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.
Thanks a lot Hon President Sir for the assent on MaharashtraAnimalPreservationBill.Our dream of ban on cow slaughter becomes a reality now.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 2, 2015
But many on Twitter didn't seem to share the CM's enthusiasm on the matter.
Congratulations Maharashtra: it is now safer to be a cow than a woman, Dalit or Muslim in the state.— RushdieExplainsIndia (@RushdieExplains) March 3, 2015
So now in Maharashtra you can have a beef with someone but you can't have beef with someone.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 3, 2015
In Maharashtra, all chicken, goats and sheep are currently thinking - Why do gais have all the fun? #BeefBan— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 3, 2015
Things that should be banned before beef: 1. Paneer 2. Lauki 3. Jain biryani. 4. Chocolate paan. 5. Poha without peanuts. 6. Jain chaat.— Shree (@whyrus_) March 3, 2015
Where farmers commit suicide daily & kids die hungry, they want to build a massive statue and ban beef! What a solution-oriented government!— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) March 3, 2015
#BeefBan has 5 years jail, 10K for possession. You haven't banned beef, you've turned it into a drug! "Bro, screw hash, you want a burger?"— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 3, 2015
On one hand you claim ancient Brahmins used to eat beef, then you say banning beef is imposing Brahminism. Make up your mind, for Cow's sake— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita) March 3, 2015
BJP banned beef in Maharashtra? Tsk. They forgot that they were voted in to raise the stakes, not to erase the steaks.— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) March 3, 2015
I don't think you should stop at banning beef, Maharashtra. I think you should actually let cows run the state.— samit basu (@samitbasu) March 3, 2015
Now instead of buying beef, people in Maharashtra would be 'scoring' beef :)— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) March 3, 2015
Hindus don't eat beef so no one else should, Hindus dont have gay marriage so no one else should, Hindus have "no polygamy" no one else shud— Je Suis Kisaan (@brownbrumby) March 3, 2015
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)