Indian society at crossroads

Beef fest at Osmania University

Only 3% of India's 1 billion population, India's Brahmin, who claim Aryan descent, have switched from their Vedic culture to not only ban consumption of Beef for their community, but through socio-religious propaganda has forced all other communities to follow their food habits and shun beef. Only another minority Jain, abstain from meat consumption and in furtherance of their non-violent belief system, have been overtly and covertly funding in a big way, to see that all kinds of impediments, legal as well as illegal impediments are placed in lifestyle of those whose food habits focus on meat and beef products. Now rest of the people of India are slowly reacting to this undemocratic and fascist imposition on their food habits. In the first such reaction that has hit the headlines, Dalits have taken up cudgel against such arbitrary ban on their traditional food habits. This is in essence a new manifestation of class war. However, New India is poised to give equal weightage to all in its pluralist milieu and as such a process of readjustment of ground reality is clearly emerging. The teething troubles are bound to attend all such social changes, but justice in the longer term will have to prevail.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2012 on page no. 2

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