The Beef Ban: A Symbol of Hindutva and a Threat to Indian Democracy

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  1. Brian says:

    As someone lacking known Indian heritage, I can only hope that my comment will not be too ignorant. I am of the opinion that while India as a nation does not profit off beef bans, Dalits and Muslims do not profit from the animal industry. Through the Qur’an and hadiths, it is clear that Islamic tradition holds respect for animals and their communities and their prayers and emphasizes compassion. As for Dalits, note that the great Ambedkar converted to Buddhism, a Dharma which in many practices is strictly vegetarian, and in all traditions emphasizes compassion to all sentient beings. For these reasons, I believe that traditions of vegetarianism should be used to unite rather than divide.

    Nowadays, rejection of vegetarianism often arises through the pressure of white culture, the same community the resistance to which united India, a stronger force than any religion or tradition. The animal industry, whether it’s leather or flesh, employs the same senseless power structure left in place by Britain. Any mention of the animal industry must take note of its exploitation and its detriment to the climate, where India is greatly impacted.

    Now, it is clear that the proper way to see a meat-free India would not involve punishing innocent people who have grown up with a tradition nor those who cannot find a better job, however demeaning their current one is. I hope this is not too idealist, but what if an increasing tax is imposed on the owners of companies involved in the animal industry, and this money goes to create meatless jobs?

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