New Delhi: To add on to the string of beef discourse, the police recently visited the Kerela house after a right wing Hindu sena personnel informed the police about beef being served in their menu. Furious Kerela house revolts against the uncalled Police intervention: Beef Barring
Baffled staff at the canteen said, the beef they served wad made of buffalo meat and not cow meat. A furious Kerala government revolted against this act by raising their voice against the violation of privacy. Kerala is one of the few Indian states where cow slaughter is legal as compared to the other states of India.
Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the sheer immaturity on the part of the government, while accusing the Police to have crossed their boundaries.
“I would like to inform you that the Kerala House staff canteen serves authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisine and the items in the menu are entirely within law,” stated the letter.
The term “Beef” in India is used for both, buffalo’s and cow’s meat. The confusion has hence sprung up mass mobilization of hate messages that has turned the crowd berserk.Right after the incident of police intervention, the institution had removed the buffalo meat from its kitchens fearing riots but had restored it later when things cooled down.
Monday evening’s incident, led to questioning of the caller who had complained the police about beef being served in the Kerala house. “We dealt with the matter with necessary alertness and took our position. The objective was to ensure that law and order is not disrupted,” said Jatin Narwal, a senior police.
However, Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy said that the police shouldn’t have stepped the premises of the canteen without any proof as the menu has been made keeping in mind the law. “The Delhi police should have shown restraint and consulted officials concerned before checking the premises for beef,” said Chandy.
This incident had led to an outrage in the virtual social space and media. An editorial in telegraph newspaper said “Kerala’s famed beef curry has been an annoying bone that got stuck in the throat of the Sangh parivar [Hindu hard-line group], especially because many Hindus in the state relish the dish.”
Arun Shourie, former BJP leader criticized the present government, by accusing them to have donned policies that were no different from the previous government. The only new element is the preoccupation with cows that has conjured more satire than healthy politics.