Beef ban: Food a personal choice, nobody tells me what to eat, says Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu said "information with confirmation" is powerful ammunition against social evils of the society.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2018 10:14:35 am
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“I am a strict non-vegetarian and nobody told me what to eat or what not”, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said, stressing that food is a personal choice, amid a raging debate on beef ban in the country.

Without naming any channel, Naidu alleged that some of the news broadcasters are showing debates on the “non-existing beef ban.” He said they are holding discussions on whether India is going to be converted into a vegetarian country.

“I am a strict non-vegetarian and nobody told me what to eat and what not to eat. There is so much misinformation. Food is a personal choice. Why is there a debate?” he asked while addressing ‘Akashvani Annual Award Ceremony’ here. Referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation raids at homes and offices of NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy, the information and broadcasting minister said nobody can claim “immunity” just because he is a media person.

“What we want is that you just follow the rule,” he said. Naidu’s comments come days after hundreds of journalists came together to protest against the CBI raids, saying the investigation against Roy in an alleged bank fraud was reminiscent of the attack on press freedom during the Emergency.

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