I don’t eat beef because I don’t like it. But I am against banning the food item, which is widely consumed all over the world. Enforcing your religious beliefs on others is, without doubt, a crime. It is akin to coercing someone to act against their will. It is worse than enticing someone to convert to a different religion. An overdose of such lopsided bans, if not nipped in the bud, will slowly make the country insanely dictatorial. Food bans without valid reasons will make India stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Muslim countries that proscribe public consumption of food during the month of fasting. Such interdicts become sensible only if the meat comes from an endangered species or for protective purposes. My humble submission to the government and the courts is that “liberty” and “equality” are not used as fancy words in the Preamble to our Constitution. In detail, liberty of belief, faith, and worship are not restricted to any one religion. Liberty is for all; all are equal; you choose your food, I choose mine.
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