Everyone has right to eat beef: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

Athawale, who heads the Republican Party of India, also warned that his party would be forced to take to the streets in protest if the “gau rakshaks” continue to indulge in violence.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: July 15, 2017 8:32 am
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Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Friday said that every individual has the right to eat beef, and that it is “not right to become a nar-bhakshak in the name of being a gau-rakshak”. Athawale, who heads the Republican Party of India, also warned that his party would be forced to take to the streets in protest if the “gau rakshaks” continue to indulge in violence.

“Every individual has the right to decide what they should eat. If anybody wants to eat beef, it is their individual right. Today, cow vigilantes in the name of cow protection are stopping vehicles carrying meat or animals and beating people. Many innocent people have lost their lives, which cannot be justified or overlooked,” he told reporters here.

Referring to a recent incident in which a man was beaten up on the suspicion that he was carrying beef, he said, “Everyone has the right to eat beef. Since goat meat is expensive, people eat beef. I condemn the Nagpur incident. It is not right to become a nar-bhakshak (cannibal) in the name of being a gau-rakshak (cow protector).”

The RPI leader alleged that there appeared to be a larger plan to undermine PM Narendra Modi, who had expressed concern over violence in the name of cow protection. “The increasing incidents of violence in the name of the cow could be a strategy to undermine Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Opposition leaders have alleged the role of a section of the BJP working to undermine the rising status of Modi,” he said.

Athawale also demanded loan waiver for Dalits, OBCs and tribal corporations. The total loans of all backward organisations works out to Rs 635.99 crore, he said. Regarding the explosives found in the UP Assembly, Athawale said it was a “very serious matter”. “This incident is similar to the attack on Parliament,” he said. “There is no conspiracy to kill Yogi (Adityanath), but there should be an investigation into the matter. The possible terror links should also be probed.”

On the NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is scheduled to visit Mumbai on Saturday, Athawale said, “He should visit Matoshree and meet (Shiv Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray. Pranab Mukherjee had also visited Matoshree when his candidature was announced (for the post of President).” Sources in BJP had earlier said Kovind was not scheduled to visit Thackeray’s residence during his Mumbai visit.

—With PTI inputs

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  1. Peter Desouza
    Jul 16, 2017 at 2:31 am
    I can't believe this, a Hindu Minister speaking about eating beef. He is a Muslim in guise of a Hindu for sure.
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      Prerana
      Jul 16, 2017 at 10:45 am
      Peter, I am a devout Hindu and I believe while I don't like to eat any kind of meat, anyone else who wants to eat beef, including Hindus should be free to do so. By banning beef , we are denying people a source of protein. From an economic standpoint, prices of daals, eggs, and other meats will go up and the entire nation will suffer as a result of this ill conceived, short sighted policy.
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    2. Logic Induction
      Jul 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm
      Is this even a topic of discussion ? Disussion or Enforcement of food habits is a sign of backward ness, insecurity and passive aggressive behaviour !
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      1. Zakir Husaien
        Jul 16, 2017 at 12:27 am
        That's the exact truth.
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      2. Dandy CoolMe
        Jul 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm
        Duh! Same way as you can't force anybody to eat something you can't force somebody to Not eat something. Its like taking Free will from somebody, I myself don't eat beef I can't believe we have such crappy law in our country, we are the only democracy in world with such lame law. Does that mean we are in a dictatorship now? (rhetorical question
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        1. Zakir Husaien
          Jul 16, 2017 at 12:30 am
          If in a democracy you are forbidden to do what you want (without disturbing other in any mean), then you know its a dictatorship! Be aware!
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          Jul 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm
          Funny! In USA, few weeks ago a Chinese man was arrested for shipping frozen cats to restaurants! No riots by Chinese!
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            Mdm
            Jul 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm
            Ask our PM and this government to cut all the ties with beef eating countries if he's really serious of this issue and if it's really a sentimental issue. And more over you must cut ties with all need eaters means you have to read Ramayana where Mani characters in that story love to eat beef.. Pls read. I was shocked when I read it.
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