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 Varinder Bhatia , Nirupama Subramanian | 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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    shoeb
    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 solve.....so just keep your wisdom restricted to you and let others decide theirs.
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      American Muse
      Oct 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm
      In Saudi Arabia, alcohol is forbidden.
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        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!!
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          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
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            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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              Karma
              Oct 18, 2015 at 10:51 am
              If the w world eats beef, lobster and etc... This guy should really travel abroad and shout his slogan. I guranteed $400 He will be put in a mad house just for shouting thos slogans. People are more worried about job security and where i get paid or pay for mortgage.. Not worried about who is doing what or what religion you are at... like i said BJP wont come into power again.. they are making a lot of enemies.. i challenge any of the Hindus right wing party.. say this aborad and see what happens IN US or any where.. you will be sent straight to rikers island.
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                ha ha
                Oct 16, 2015 at 7:29 am
                Jo karna hai karo, bhai. Those Indians who eat beef aren't leaving this country and going any place else, just because you or your social media chaddi footsoldiers say so. Then what? You're going to send your goons to lynch us, rape us and kill us? Do that. be my guest. After all, athithi devo bhava.
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                  ha ha
                  Oct 16, 2015 at 7:55 am
                  You and your 'halki tippani'. Khattarji, you can stuff your big mouth with it.
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                    ha ha
                    Oct 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm
                    He says 'Muslims can stay Muslims...' and not 'Muslims can live in this country...'. The Indian Express needs to correct the headline as well as the content in this regard. Nevertheless, Mr Khattar, Muslims or for that matter any Indian does not need your certificate for remaining who they are and where they are. Last I checked, the Consution of India is still in force. Stop this polarization. Bring a nationwide legislation on cow meat ban or what-the-effing-so-ever ban you please. You have the majority, don't you?
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                      ha ha
                      Oct 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm
                      Muslim [Christian, Hindu, Sikh, add anything here] RAHEIN = Be/Remain Muslim [Christian, Hindu, Sikh, add anything here] It is certainly not what the headline states. Please correct it, The Indian Express.
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                        ha ha
                        Oct 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm
                        Why is the BJP bent on using the religious narrative, more specifically the Hindu narrative, to justify beef ban? Article 48 of the Consution states that “the State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.” This is a Directive Principle of State Policy. Isn't this enough by itself to push through beef prohibition?
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                          SDS
                          Oct 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm
                          I guess the honorable CM has begun taking the job of interpreting consutional articles on his own. Lawyers will be running out of jobs soon.Majority cannot impose sanctions against minority in this country .
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                            Gajen
                            Oct 16, 2015 at 6:33 pm
                            Indiscriminate and illegal construction of Mosques (e.g Hyd. City ) and loud singing of azaan in strange voices and language using 6- 7 loudspeakers for a single mosque that too outside the permissible time I.e before 6am against SC ruling and 5 times a day in a place where there are no Muslim residents around only indicate belligerence .They don't care about non believers getting disturbed . The Hindus are still tolerating it silently. No law and order maintaining authority is caring to question leave alone take action. How long can this go on ? India is not an Islamic country.
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                              hayatlives
                              Oct 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm
                              Thanks for your permission to live in the country of my forefathers! By the way no one asked for your permission.
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                                Desi Sipahi
                                Oct 16, 2015 at 9:03 am
                                Earlier Khattar said that Women are responsibel for rapes and should dress decently. Now he says this. How is he the CM ? He isnt fit to be a human being even !! Thank You BJP for destroying India
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                                  Desi Sipahi
                                  Oct 16, 2015 at 9:41 am
                                  In Rig Veda (X. 86.14) Indra says: ‘They cook for one 15 plus twenty oxen". The Rig Veda (X.91.14) says that for Agni were sacrificed horses, bulls, oxen, barren cows and rams. From the Rig Veda (X.72.6) it appears that the cow was killed with a sword or axe. - BR Ambedkar on Beef :)
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                                    INDIAN
                                    Oct 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm
                                    DAM U! I M A CHRISTIAN I ALSO USE EAT BEEF NOW TELL ME TO GO TO USA!. We Indians are 1 n if stupid comments like this against my brother's n sister's I wont keep watchng. First go n learn something. As far as my knowledge goes (btr den u) even hindus ate it(some) and in the olden days there was no belief like this. Go n study some book (Gita if u like) . If eating it (beef ) is sin then let God decide. Who are u? Don't give command as if you are any great! What where you doing for you Hindu brother(as u consinder muslim =stani if beef eater) till 61 years?
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                                      JImmy
                                      Oct 18, 2015 at 11:45 am
                                      Very true, people are more concern with Job security and basic things for livings and I'm to sure next time BJP's will not come in Power.. we have done big mistakes to vote for BJPigs. nation is fedup with communal tension.
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                                        Kamran Ahmad
                                        Oct 17, 2015 at 3:28 am
                                        In Islam Alcohal is considered to be Haraam (Intolerable). Are you going to ban Alcohal for the sake of sentiments of Muslim Community?
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                                          Kanu Patel
                                          Oct 16, 2015 at 11:22 am
                                          85% MAY BE NON VEG BUT THEY ALL ARE NOT BEEF EATING PEOPLE. THEY CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT BEEF BUT NOT WITHOUT MILK.
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                                            Guru
                                            Oct 16, 2015 at 8:00 am
                                            So if 10000 people converge into Haryana tomorrow and start eating beef to defy this moron, he will put the 10000 people in jail for 10 years? Get a life cow brigade people! We the sane people of India will overthrow each of you one by one. Watch your days in power dwindle as fast as you got it!
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