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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    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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      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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        Zakir Husaien
        Jul 16, 2017 at 12:27 am
        That's the exact truth.
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        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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          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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          undefined
          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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              Antony
              Jul 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm
              The illiiterate Sanghis in North India has managed to convince the test of the world that beef is the main god of Hinduism and Hindus will kill humans for eating their beef god ! Just see the editorials of BBC , CNN, guardian and Nikkie Japan , world is laughing at us thanks to illiiterate gober eating Sanghis for maligning Hinduism and shaming our great country just to get votes from illiiterate people of north Indian cow belt states.
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                undefined
                Jul 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                Invite Idi Amins to Kerala to eat human livers!
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                  Zakir Husaien
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 12:33 am
                  That was not to the point response to Mr. Antony.
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                Lovely
                Jul 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                Beef means only cow meat
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                  Hindu Woman
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                  But I don't understand it, and may be somebody clamouring for beef eating may help me. Our so called seuclarism is based on "equal respect for all religoins". I believe this includes respect for Hindiusm and Hidnu sensibilities also. Since cow is considered holy in modern Hindiusm, clearly, a person clamouring for beef eating is not "seuclar" by this definition. Now let us say that you claim that you have "freedom" not to respect Hidnu sensibilities. But then Hidnus should also have the same "freedom". If this is so, why the same Ramdas Athawale demanded a ban on Aurn Shuori's book on Abmedkar? Why the same beef eating crowd does not support some Kalmesh Tiawri for exercising his "freedom", and enlightening us about (un)holy deeds of ... you konw who (Resemblance with Harry Potter intended).
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                    Antony
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                    Respect to Hindus means stop eating beef ? Does you head filled with gober instead of brain? 7 billion people of the world eat beef ! That means rest of the world don't respect Hindus ? You paid RSS stooge think little bit before you comment!
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                      Lovely
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm
                      Only in India not world
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                        Hindu Woman
                        Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                        Being abusive is sign of a weak mind. Please counter my arguments on logical grounds.
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                        kranti
                        Jul 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm
                        Have you ever see a Chamar skinning hide of smelly, bacteria contaminated dead body of cow ? Have you or your inhumane cult ever felt the plights of these chamars ? No ! You call these environment cleaners " UNTOUCHABLES " !!! ??? You and your cult have no respect for humanity. Shame on you and your cult.
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                          Zakir Husaien
                          Jul 16, 2017 at 12:42 am
                          Eating beef does not disrespect Hindus! If does, the whole peoples who eat beef disrespect Hindus. If so why Mr. PM is getting blessed with the beef eaters of the western countries. And why type of you people were sleeping last almost seventy years? Just got the sense that beef eaters disrespecting the Hindus when these communal thugs are at the centre?
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                            Prerana
                            Jul 16, 2017 at 11:10 am
                            Love Shourie, Salman Rushdie and Tasleema Nasreen, none of their books should be banned. Beef or pork should not be banned simply because we are a democratic country!
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