A tweet by the official handle of the Kerala Tourism – that was about a beef dish consumed in the state – ended up sparking a war of words on Twitter.
On Wednesday, @KeralaTourism posted a photo of popular local delicacy ‘Beef Ularthiyathu (beef fry)’, with a link to the recipe on their website. However, many people claimed the tweet ‘hurt their religious sentiments’ since it contained a photo of beef.
Here’s what the Kerala Tourism handle posted:
Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves. A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala: https://t.co/d7dbgWmlBw pic.twitter.com/aI1Y9vEXJm
— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) January 15, 2020
Some critics said the timing of the tweet on beef could have been better, given people in other states are celebrating festivals like Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu. They claimed it was a day cattle and cows were worshipped, and the timing of the tweet was in poor taste.
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Dear @KeralaTourism ; pls avoid posting abt Pork on Eid & Beef on Makara Sankranthi days
Pls be culturally sensitive abt special holy days of all faiths
Pls show case our Food diversity without offending sensitivities. https://t.co/MSEiVU2t7z
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) January 16, 2020
are you out of your mind? on Pongal and Sankranti when we revere Cows, Oxen, and Cattle for their contribution to mankind’s easy existence and culture…on one hand we have Gangireddula meLam in Telugu states, Jallikattu in TN, and Kambala races in Karnataka and you showcase this
— kaivalyam (@Telugutalli) January 16, 2020
Today is day we worship the holy cow. And this tweet is timed to outrage the Hindu belief. @narendramodi @HMOIndia to kindly take this seriously as an attack on our culture. @Twitter this is worse than abusing. Hope this account is banned forever.
— @amburravi (@amburravi) January 16, 2020
Others dared the official handle to post photos of pork dishes since they believed it would offend members of the Muslim community. However, many Malayalis pointed out that residents of the state also consume pork and there is no bar on its consumption. Others shared screenshots of pork recipes available on the website.
— सागर (@iamSagarsinha) January 16, 2020
This is nothing but provocation. You people don’t want people from North India to visit Kerala? Why this beef promotion? People visit to Kerala just to eat beef? Try promoting Pork for a change, you will get a taste of your medicine.
— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) January 15, 2020
Blatantly and shamelessly anti-Hindu Kerala should be avoided by all Hindus!
— Angsuman Chakraborty (@angsuman) January 16, 2020
Others pointed out that people in the state decide what to eat and not because there’s a law dictating their food choices. In many states, the slaughter of cows and bulls is banned.
To those who say Malayalis have an issue with pork meat, these 11 seconds should tell you how mainstream pork meat is in Kerala.
We eat what WE want to. We need no permission, no certificate from anyone. https://t.co/C44NxhgTQ2
— V (@ivivek_nambiar) January 16, 2020
Lol Pork is available in every nook and corner of Kerala sir.
— meadarsh (@meadarsh2) January 16, 2020
Pork or Beef all is a dish.
choice is for everyone which dish they want to eat.
— raaz akrishta (@raaz_akrishta) January 16, 2020
We malayalees eat pork too..and nobody will get killed for having pork or beef here u cowdung moron 😁🤗🤗
— Anagha Harithavayal (@AnaghaNr) January 16, 2020
Pork shop near Malaapparamp MES medical college in Perinthalmanna, Malappuram, Kerala.
Open 365 days pic.twitter.com/0ctHo9Q9MQ
— Advaid (@Advaidism) January 16, 2020
Bro, come to kerala you’ll get pork anywhere, pork is not banned in kerala. If pork fry is displayed in this site instead NP. Cheers.
— Anshoor Mohammed (@CAnshoor) January 16, 2020
— Aneeb Antony (@AneebAntony) January 16, 2020
Beef and pork is eaten equally in kerala u dumbo
— Proudtamilan (@Proudtamilan1) January 16, 2020
Most of the northies comments mentioning about pork….
People we ate pork also, no one banned pork here.
But beef is the best😋😋😋
— Akhil Kannampillil (@kannampilli) January 15, 2020
— Shadoun Westend (@shad_awaz) January 15, 2020