Referring to “beef fests” in Kerala , Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said he did not understand why groups, who claimed to champion the cause of secularism, remained silent when it came to respecting others’ sentiments. Earlier in the day, Kerala witnessed many “beef fests” where beef was cooked and served in protest against the Centre’s decision to ban trade of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.
He called the “fests” unfortunate.
“Mujhe lagta hai is desh ke andar ek dusre ke bhavnaon ke samman ki baat hoti hai… bahut sare sangathan secularism ke naam par iss prakar ki maang karte hain. Lekin Kerala ki is durbhagyapurna ghatna par unke muh kyun band hain mujhe yeh baat kabhi samajh mein nahin aati… ve log is mudde par maun hain (I feel that there is a lot of talk on respecting each others’ sentiments in the name of secularism… But in Kerala, there is silence over this unfortunate incident…),” the CM said addressing the national executive council members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Lucknow. The ABVP’s three-day national executive meeting begins Monday.
CM said that the ABVP was the only student organisation that protested when such “mischiefs” were done on campuses sucha as the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi and Hyderabad Central University.
CM said that nationalism was “basic tradition” of the country before which everything else was subordinate. CM said that this campaign could be seen in the country in various programmes run by the Narendra Modi government and working of other BJP led state governments.
CM said that it was unfortunate that after freedom no efforts were made to link education with nationalism and efforts were made to divide the education system on the lines of caste, region, faith and religion.
Yogi said that education could be the best tool to counter conspiracies to divide the nation and social inequality could also be removed by removing inequality in education.
“Equality in education is the first requirement at present. It could resolve various problems of the country,” CM said.