Hypocrisy of the beef-festers

I originally posted the following on my Facebook wall. 

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Over the last few days there has been a lot of noise and heartburn among certain sections of politically motivated Indians, especially those traditionally known for their Hinduphobic positions. The reason for this round of outrage-fest is an order issued by the Union government framing the regulations under which cattle may be sold at bazaars for slaughter. This has given yet another opportunity for the above political elements to hammer in their Hinduphobic agenda by dubbing the order as an attempt to please the Hindus by regulating the food practices of non-Hindus. Never mind the fact that the order was passed in response to a direction from the judiciary and after an year long process of consultation when none of the Hinduphobes bothered to convey their disagreement.

For the sake of this argument, lets assume these regulations are indeed part of a Right wing Hindu political agenda aimed at banning cow slaughter. Why is that a problem. The argument put forth is that, in any country that claims to be a free society and a liberal democracy, people have a right to live their lives as they choose to and eat what they like. There shouldn’t be a universal ban on consumption of cow meat just because Hindus consider that animal sacred. Those who consider cow as just another animal like chicken or goat shouldn’t be forced to worship it. 

I totally agree with this sentiment. Indeed, in a free society no one should be forced to abandon their dietary choices because it doesn’t agree with someone else’s religious sentiments. But isn’t it also a hallmark of any decent liberal democracy that all it’s citizens (and their feelings) are accorded equal dignity and the laws are uniformly applicable irrespective of their social identity? Isn’t it true that in a liberal democracy, just like people have a right to eat what they like, there is also a right to speak/read/write/draw/exhibit what they feel like? So, if we want India to be a liberal society by accepting cow slaughter, there are a few other things that Indians should be allowed to do without fear of retribution from sections of the society or the state.

A little background to set up what I am going to say next. There are many such incidents but this is more recent in my memory. Sometime last year, a man called Kamalesh Tiwari expressed an opinion that a certain Prophet could be considered a paedophile. This opinion resulted in widespread protests, lakhs of faithful marched baying for his blood and he ended up spending an year in jail charged under national security act. None of the liberals advocating right to food today stood up for his right to opinion. Now, if expressing an opinion that a person might be a paedophile can be considered illegal and a threat to national security, why should killing of an animal that is considered sacred by many more be legal?

Similarly, one of the most common ways that the leftists in India protest is by burning a book called Manusmriti (and the morons call everyone else Nazi). Though it does not occupy the same principal position, would it be acceptable to burn Quran or Bible as a mark of protest, since either of those books is known to preach at least as much regressiveness as Manusmriti? In the same vein, wherever the Hinduphobes organize a “beef fest”, lets say those who are offended organize an exhibition that includes a showing of this photograph (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ) or this movie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innocence_of_Muslims) or those infamous Danish cartoons or excerpts from Charlie Hebdo. What would the consequence be? Would that be acceptable to those advocating cow slaughter as freedom of food? If not, why is it acceptable to desecrate what a Hindu considers sacred?

It is not my position that any of the above photo or movie or cartoons should be acceptable to the faithful whose religious figures are their subjects nor that the government should allow their free circulation. They are right to be offended if it is offensive to them. My only point is, don’t tell me not to be offended when you desecrate something that I consider sacred. And don’t label me a fascist or regressive if I am still offended.

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In addition to the above that I posted on Facebook, there are 2 other examples I would like to include to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the freedom of food and freedom of speech gang.

The state of Maharashtra has an active anti-superstition law, and the government of Karnataka is contemplating on enacting a similar law. What this law effectively does impose restrictions on what the citizens can think and believe. It legislates what is acceptable belief and what is not, based on the left-liberal mafia’s yardsticks to label beliefs as faith or superstition. Is the right to eat more sacrosanct than the right to think? If there can be restrictions on what one can think and believe, why can’t there be restrictions on what can be killed and eaten.

The state of Bihar has recently implemented an extremely severe law prohibiting alcohol consumption. Since its passage, thousands of people have been imprisoned under this law for no fault of theirs. One of the provisions of this law is that if even a small amount of alcohol is found in a house, everyone in that house will be arrested irrespective of their involvement in consumption or holding alcohol. Can there be anything more draconian than this? If we extrapolate this, can the entire household be imprisoned because of the members has committed theft or some other crime? Should laws like these be acceptable in a liberal democracy? Again if the government can legislate whether a person can consume alcohol or not, why can’t it prohibit slaughter of a particular animal for consumption because of its cultural significance.

The so called “liberals” in India will not ask these questions. Nor will they tolerate anyone who dares to ask these questions.

 

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