I eat beef and nobody can stop me, says Indian minister

Published: May 27, 2015
File photo of Kiren Rijiju. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Kiren Rijiju. PHOTO: AFP

Days after an Indian minister said that those who want to eat beef can move to Pakistan, India’s Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju lashed out at his colleague, sayingthat he eats beef and ‘nobody can stop him from doing so’.

“I eat beef. I’m from Arunachal Pradesh, can somebody stop me? So let us not be touchy about somebody’s practices,” Rijiju said.

“This is a democratic country. Sometimes, some statements are made which are not palatable,” the minister said as he lashed out at Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Read: Go to Pakistan if you can’t live without beef, says BJP minister

“If a Mizo Christian says that this is the land of Jesus, why should someone have a problem in Punjab or Haryana? We have to honour the sentiments of each place and each location,” he said.

“If Maharashtra is Hindu majority, or if Gujarat is Hindu majority, Madhya Pradesh is Hindu majority, if they are to make laws which are conducive to the Hindu faith, let them be.” Rijuju went on to say.

“But in our place, in our state where we are majority, where we feel whatever steps we take, you know, laws which are conducive to our beliefs, it should be. So they also should not have a problem with the way we live, and we also should not have a problem with the way they live,” he added.

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“This country is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-communal country. We must respect each other’s practices. There cannot be any force on anybody about your practices, your faith. So if anybody makes a statement which is forcing or imposing your belief, your faith, your practices on another community, another believer, it is not good,” Rijiju said.

Earlier last week, Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, stood firmly in support of the ban on cow slaughter in India, saying those who wish to eat beef should go to Pakistan.

Read:’Reasonable’ restriction on beef does not violate fundamental rights: Maharashtra govt

“It is not about loss or profit … it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus,” Naqvi said at “Manthan” conclave organised by TV channel Aaj Tak.

“Those who are dying without eating beef can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available,” he said.

This article originally appeared in The Indian Express.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Stranger
    May 27, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Bravo !!!! Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 27, 2015 - 6:39PM

    I am an Indian and a Hindu by birth. I eat beef and surprisingly still remain Hindu. May be the fact that I eat Pork too has helped me achieve this miracle. Recommend

  • Gireesh V(A Indian Hindu)
    May 27, 2015 - 6:57PM

    I appreciate his saying. We should accept others practices. No one should poke ones nose in others matters. We need more such public figures here in India. Indians are largely secular no one can change it. Because its in our blood.Recommend

  • G. Din
    May 27, 2015 - 7:55PM

    “There cannot be any force on anybody about your practices, your faith. ”
    We must respect each other’s faith. In the end, in a Democracy, it is the majority that prevails. It may be unfair to the minority but that is how the game is played. That applies to Muslims and pseudo-Muslims in India with respect to beef and Hindus and Christians in Pakistan with respect to pork.
    Chinese have found the best via media. They eat anything that moves – dogs, cats, snakes etc. you name it!Recommend

  • Rawalpindi Kid
    May 27, 2015 - 9:06PM

    @G. Din:
    You are sadly mistaken. Minorities should not be forced to accept and follow the majority’s religious beliefs. For your information, christians and hindus etc. are not forbidden in Pakistan from eating pork or drinking alchohol. Farmers regularly kill wild hogs in Pakistan to protect their crops and give them away to christians (mostly foreigners), and hotels are allowed to serve alchohol to non-muslims. If India claims to be a secular country then it has no right to devise and enforce one religion’s laws onto others. Decide if you are a Hindi country or a secular one. You cannot speak from both sides of yoru mouth.Recommend

  • sops
    May 27, 2015 - 9:51PM

    G.DIN there is a fundamental difference, Pakistan is a muslim state hence laws are informed by the muslim religion whereas India claims to be a secular democracy wherein a particular religion should not dictate the laws. hence restriction on eating beef ought not be dictated by hindus to large minorities such as muslims, christains etc..it should be left to choice.Recommend

  • Arun Rathore
    May 28, 2015 - 12:39AM

    I love beef. If you read the Vedas, all of them, it is clear that in those days the rich ate beef. Stop this Brahman-led edict.Recommend

  • wb
    May 28, 2015 - 2:41AM

    If beef is banned as a rule in Arunachal Pradesh, then even Kiren will not get beef to eat.

    Again, we need to use common sense here.

    According to the sensitives of majority the rules of any country is made. Just because Chinese and other East Asians eat horse, doesn’t mean USA should lift ban on Horse meat sale. And it is not curbing the rights of anyone.Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    May 28, 2015 - 6:24AM

    There are millions of Hindus who eat beef. Try looking in Kerala, Assam and NE to start with. The minister who made the anti-beef remarks is unaware of eating habits.Recommend

  • the eddy
    May 28, 2015 - 9:22AM

    Even I am a Hindu & I am dying to eat beef.Recommend

  • Lost
    May 28, 2015 - 12:49PM

    Ooohhh, going across states to eat beef, sounds exotic… That should help the businesses in availability areas Recommend

  • zaid
    May 28, 2015 - 2:46PM

    dats like a man!!Recommend

  • vijay
    May 28, 2015 - 3:34PM

    Let be clear in any islamic country u can not slghter or sell pork.Recommend

  • Beef lover
    May 29, 2015 - 1:22AM

    Hmm…To eat beef or not to eat beef? That is the fundamental question in the secular democracy of Hindustan. Recommend

  • Person
    May 29, 2015 - 1:25AM

    @vijay. Because it’s an Islamic country where Islamic laws apply. At least, they are not hypocritical like Indian state that claims to be a secular democracy. I guess it is more Hindustan than India after all. Recommend

  • Lion King
    May 29, 2015 - 11:15AM

    @vijay: Oh yeah just go to Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Albania, Bosnia for example

    and you’d find pork being sold right beside Halal beef and mutton.

    You people lack knowledge of the world and consider

    your over congested india as your little worldRecommend

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