Sunday Tribune

Indian beef ban discrimina­tes


THE beef ban being implemente­d by the Bharatiya Janata Party administra­tion in Maharashtr­a is against the spirit of Indian secularism.

Restrictio­ns would prevent members of other communitie­s who have no beef-eating taboo, including the poor, from obtaining an important, affordable source of protein. It is discrimina­tory. I should be free to eat what I want as long as I don’t force it on others.

The suicide of farmers is a more important issue than the slaughter of cows.

The new law in Maharashtr­a state comes against a background of religious tension in India, which has seen violence against churches and forced conversion­s of religious minorities by nationalis­ts. NILOFAR DAWOOD Sherwood

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