Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla Monday defended BJP governments’ predilection to ban beef, saying the sentiments of the majority community too should be respected.
“I have one principle, I should not hurt anybody’s sentiments. You are talking about sentiments of the minority community. Shouldn’t we also think of the sentiments of the majority community? What is there, after all, in food? You can eat anything. But if you are prohibited to eat one thing, why should you feel so hurt,” Heptulla said, when asked about beef ban.
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“By hurting some other people’s sentiments you eat it, it is not fair. I am of that view. Unfortunately, the previous government had always talked of the sentiments of the minority. But we should also look at the sentiments of my neighbour,” she added.
Earlier, MoS Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said all those who cannot live without beef should go to Pakistan.