AUDIO: Muslims can live in this country, but will have to give up eating beef, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

‘Democracy has freedoms, but those freedoms have limitation... can’t hurt another’, Manohar Lal Khattar said.

Written by Nirupama Subramanian , Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: October 16, 2015 5:32 pm
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Describing the Dadri lynching incident as “wrong” and the “result of a misunderstanding”, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Thursday “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef” because “the cow is an article of faith here”.

Khattar, who completes one year in office later this month as the head of a BJP government, told The Indian Express in an interview that the cow, the Gita and Saraswati were articles of faith for the majority in the country, and that Muslims would not be violating their religious beliefs by giving up beef.

Listen to Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar saying Muslims have to give up beef

“Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko. Yahan ki manyata hai gau (Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef. The cow is an article of faith here),” Khattar said, responding to questions on how he viewed the Dadri incident and whether or not such incidents would communally polarise the country.

An outsider in Haryana politics and a virtual unknown until his emergence in the elections last year, 61-year-old Khattar has had a nearly four-decade association with the RSS. He counts the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan legislation, adopted by the Haryana Assembly banning cow slaughter, as one of the achievements of his government. Violation is punishable with a 10-year jail term, and beef-eating can land an offender in prison for five years.

He described the Dadri incident as the “result of a misunderstanding” and said “both sides” had committed wrongs. “It should not have happened – from both sides.” He claimed that the victim made a “halki tippani (loose comment) about the cow which hurt the sentiments of people who subsequently attacked him.

“But I say that attacking and killing the person was also wrong,” Khattar said, adding that those who were responsible for it could be  prosecuted under several sections of the law.

But he went on to compare the incident with a man who sees his mother being killed or his sister getting molested, and his anger against the perpetrator getting the better of him.

He said even if the person was committing an offence under the law for which he should be punishable, “we have to go behind the incident and examine his manyata. We have to understand why he did what he did”.

“Culturally, we are democratic. Democracy has freedoms, but those freedoms have a limitation. Freedom of one person is only to the extent that it is not hurting another person,” he said.

“Eating beef hurts the sentiments of another community, even constitutionally you cannot do this. The Constitution says you cannot do something that offends me, I cannot do something that offends you,” he said in response to the observation that preventing people from eating food of their choice was an infringement of their constitutional right.

“They can be Muslim even after they stop eating beef, can’t they? It is written nowhere that Muslims have to eat beef, not is it written anywhere in Christianity that they have to eat beef,” he said.

Hindi version: यह खबर हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें 


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  1. S
    Oct 16, 2015 at 10:31 am
    is this a suitable comment to a CM.... Mr. CM please go and study the Indian Consution and not the RSS consution. We all are Indians and our consution is sufficient to instruct and guide us we don't need any kind of suggestions coated with poison of communal hatred . your sentiments should be hurt when you poison Rats and kill snakes ...don't let the country to indulge in debate over nonsense issues....we have dozens of other important problems to just keep your wisdom restricted to you and let others decide theirs.
    1. American Muse
      Oct 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm
      In Saudi Arabia, alcohol is forbidden.
      1. Bahmanshah Sanjana
        Oct 16, 2015 at 7:35 am
        Mr. Khattar. Please STOP Dictating to Indian People. Do Not Underestimate The Power of a Common Man! Who gave you this Right to speak Nonsense( Bakwas?)??Just because you are a Chief Minister of a small state of Haryana does NOT automatically give you any authority whatsoever to dictate any Indian citizen, what to eat and Not to eat! Mind your Own Business of Governing your state. May Mazda Ahura give you some Sadbuddhi!! Amin!!
        1. R
          Ram Yadav
          Oct 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm
          We are with you sir what you said is 101% right Muslims living in the country must respect HINDUS values otherwise no place for them . In stan can Muslims allow HINDUS to live on there own we have seen number of VIDEOS how they torcher and convert or kill HINDUS there. Remember one thing MAJORITY MUST HAVE AUTHORITY Proud to be be HINDU Jai sree ram
          1. J
            Joe Mama
            Oct 16, 2015 at 9:41 am
            I wonder if he out of nowhere started saying "Muslims can...." or was his statement an answer to a question like 'Should Muslims be not allowed to live in India'. Not defending Khattar or anything but there has to be more to this. Any politician who can become a Chief Minister surely knows how to choose his words. He might think that Muslims should not live but he surely wouldn't say something like this out of om that too on record.
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