Akhilesh Yadav dares Modi govt to ban export of beef

When silence and display of tolerance are the only medicines that can heal the wound of Gautam Buddha Nagar’s Bisara village, the lawmakers are doing nothing to ensure the return of normalcy.

Surprisingly, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a blanket ban on export of beef.

“A rumour may pass unnoticed. But it can also play havoc. They are taking up this issue. They also talk about pink revolution. We want to ask why they don’t ban its export?” he asked in a public meeting in Lucknow.

“They have come to power with a majority. He is roaming across the world and marketing the country. He must think what the people of those countries eat from morning to evening. I don’t want to make any comment. But he should take up this issue with the world community and ban its export completely,” Akhilesh further said without mentioning the name of the PM, with whom his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav has recently developed political proximity.

Beef Ban Akhilesh Yadav Ikhlaq Uttar Pradesh Murder
Pic Courtesy: Huffington Post. Ikhlaq’s Family

Akhilesh added saying India is a country of 125 crore population where people have liberty to lead their lives according to their wish and nobody should try to interfere into it.

But the chief minister, who had come to power in 2012 with the vote of over 19 percent Muslim population in the state, remained silent on the demand of the family of Mohammad Ikhlaq to order a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation. Ikhlaq was lynched to death by a mob alleging that he had sacrificed a cow and his family consumed it for dinner. His injured son Mohammad Danish (21) is on ventilator in Noida’s Kailash Hospital.

Cow butchery and sale of beef are cognisable and non-bailable offence in UP under Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act 1955. However, this act doesn’t cover flesh imported in the state in sealed containers and sold in open market. The act also allows bull slaughter after obtaining a “fit-for-slaughter” certificate which is given if the cattle are over the age of 15 and not fit for agricultural works and breeding.

The CM was apparently trying to remind Modi how he had targeted the previous Congress-led UPA government during 2014 election campaign, blaming them for encouraging pink revolution-expansion meat export to other countries.

Stretching it a bit further, Azam Khan, urban development and minority affairs minister of UP said, “It is written in the menu of five star hotels that they serve the meat of cow and pig. It should be banned immediately by those who want to punish the Muslims because they didn’t desert the country and went Pakistan. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to push the state in communal frenzy before 2017 Assembly elections. They want to do so because their 2013 Muzaffarnagar experiment succeeded in 2014 election.”

Courtesy: India Today

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Why is Azaan (Adhan) not a Noise Pollution?

Answer by Adnan Zafer: Come on man! Firstly it’s just the azzan and not the prayer that is recited on loudspeaker. It hardly lasts for 3 minutes or so. And you have to admit that the only time at which you would expect one to get disturbed is in the morning at 5 am. More so it’s not like they play some hard metal that it’s so annoying to you? Trust me I have to concentrate hard to listen to the azaan, unless obviously your house is ridiculously close to the mosque.

You can’t simply just bring up rules for mosques being close to hospitals and parks. I have seen numerous temples being there right in the middle of a society playing bhajans on loudspeakers every day. I myself live in Non-Muslim majority area with a Hanuman Mandir in the society playing bhajans (Bollywood songs with changed lyrics in my case) twice a day (at sunrise and sunset). Even the churches ring their bells three times a day.

The point is every religion has its own beliefs and traditions. When you live in a country like India, which propagandizes secularism and it’s vastly diverse cultural heritage as a unique selling proposition, you can’t complain about these things.

You’re not wrong to say that azzan in the morning is disturbing for some but so are the bhajans and church bells. It’s just a difference of perspective. Some might even find the sound of birds chirping in the morning annoying while some may find it peaceful.

As far as your last question is concerned, if you read it again, you might find a possible reason why your question was pegged to be biased. Interestingly you picked three nations which are worse in terms of their treatment to not only Non-Muslims but even to the people of different sects within Islam and even ethnicity in places like Saudi Arabia. But there are other Muslim Majority Nations which allow freedom of religion adhering to democratic principles.
Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia are allowed to practice their religions, build places of worship and even have missionary schools and organizations. Some Muslim countries nationally observe Hindu, Christian and Buddhist holidays like Durga Puja, Maghi Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Ashari Purnima, Christmas, etc.

In Syria, there are about 2.2 million Christians (10-12% of the population) from about 15 different religious and ethnic sects as well as a few dozen Jews. The freedom of religion is well observed by the state law. Christmas and Easter days are official holidays for both the Catholic or Orthodox calendar

All this is when they don’t call themselves secular or connoisseurs of diverse cultural heritage unlike India. If we started suppressing religious freedom like the Muslim dominated countries you mentioned, then there would be no difference between them and us. That is the answer to the last question: We are not them!