Here Charitable Individualism is the key!… nothing less.

The bill placed on the floor of the House of the Karnataka Legislature bans  sale & possession of “beef”within the state of Karnataka. The ostensible reason is giving effect to Article 48 of the Constitution of India, which falls within the head of Directive Principles of State Policy.

Article 48. Organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry.—The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.

Now this is the provision of the Constitution of India. Note the wordings “……..prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.” To the best of my understanding of this provision, slaughtering of COWS, CALVES and DRAUGHT CATTLE are to be prohibited as the Cows give milk which instead of nourishing its calf is appropriated by man, the calf is too young and the draught cattle have spent the best years in serving man in physical labour, this being the case of the cows, calves and draught cattle, it would be inhuman to further extract their meat for food. The reasoning seems humane and logical. However the state of Karnataka has chosen to BAN SLAUGHTER of all beef yielding animals, including buffalo (may be the Karnataka Legislature is colour neutral!)

What beats me is that in the neighbouring state of Kerala (Proposed KERALAM), beef is one of the staple food of the non-vegetarians from Central Kerala upwards, where there is a higher percentage of Christians and Muslims. As per the Wikipedia’s demographics of Karnataka, 83% of the population are Hindu, 11% are Muslim, 4% are Christian, 0.78% are Jains, 0.73% are Buddhist, and with the remainder belonging to other religions. Which means 15% of the population , by their religious belief need not subscribe to the prohibition of eating BEEF.  Yet ignoring the LIBERTIES  of the minorities, the Karnataka legislature seems to have passed the bill.

Further, this bill is being presented as an agenda of the strident Hindu organizations, ignoring the fact that the rural poor in the non-coastal areas have no better form of protein in their food except through beef.

Firstly, a reference made in the Non Justiciable Directive Principles of State Policy is mis-applied to the whole genus of cattle instead of confining the prohibition to milch cattle, draught cattle and the young ones.

Secondly, the Karnataka Legislature is trying to be more loyal than the states which have fewer  Muslim and Christian population like Madhya Pradesh, Chatisgarh and Rajasthan, and thereby subscribing to the ostensible prejudices of the bigoted religious persons, who are keen on enforcing their beliefs on others.

Thirdly, the minority opinion has been ignored and the bill has been bulldozed giving the go by to democratic modesty!

Hope some one takes up the issue with the High Court/ Supreme court and gets the ACT reviewed, in case the Governor gives his assent, which i think is very unlikely!

Comments on: "COW SLAUGHTER & BEEF." (3)

  1. Dear Sir ,

    While we have to appreciate that India is one of the greatest secular countries notwithstanding its cultural and religious diversities there have still been some vested interests from a political perspective to advocate Hinduism and Hindutva speciallly the BJP . Further what i would like to submit is that the political parties should not try to draw any kind of mileage out of the religious sentiments of the majority hindus for political or personal gains .

    However Article 48 has been constituted keeping in mind the religious perspective as Cows have since time immemorial been connected to the Hindu religion.

    Therefore if you go thru the below statistics some form of meat has been restricted in every religion be it Hindu , Mus,im or Christian or Jews for that matter.

    So the other way of looking at it may be is to not allow the slaughter of cows but of other animals which are against each religious sentiment, This way it might make India a predominantly vegetarian country.


    Details Given below :

    Type of religion Practice or restriction Rationale
    Buddhism • Refrain from meat, vegetarian diet is desirable • Moderation in all foods • Fasting required of monks • Natural foods of the earth are considered most pure • Monks avoid all solid food after noon
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity • Restrictions on Meat and Fish • Fasting Selectively • Observance of Holy Days includes fasting and restrictions to increase spiritual progress
    Hinduism • Beef prohibited • All other meat and fish restricted or avoided • Alcohol avoided • Numerous fasting days • Cow is sacred and can’t be eaten, but products of the “sacred” cow are pure and desirable • Fasting promotes spiritual growth
    Islam • Pork and certain birds prohibited • Alcohol prohibited • Coffee/tea/stimulants avoided • Fasting from all food and drink during specific periods • Eating is for good health • Failure to eat correctly minimizes spiritual awareness • Fasting has a cleansing effect of evil elements
    Judaism • Pork and shellfish prohibited • Meat and dairy at same meal prohibited • Leavened food restricted • Fasting practiced • Land animals that do not have cloven hooves and that do not chew their cud are forbidden as unclean (e.g., hare, pig, camel) • Kosher process is based upon the Torah
    Mormonism • Alcohol and beverages containing caffeine prohibited • Moderation in all foods • Fasting practiced • Caffeine is addictive and leads to poor physical and emotional health • Fasting is the discipline of self-control and honoring to God
    Protestants • Few restrictions of food or fasting observations • Moderation in eating, drinking, and exercise is promoted • God made all animal and natural products for humans’ enjoyment • Gluttony and drunkenness are sins to be controlled
    Rastafarianism • Meat and fish restricted • Vegetarian diets only, with salts, preservatives, and condiments prohibited • Herbal drinks permitted; alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks prohibited • Marijuana used extensively for religious and medicinal purposes • Pigs and shellfish are scavengers and are unclean • Foods grown with chemicals are unnatural and prohibited • Biblical texts support use of herbs (marijuana and other herbs)
    Roman Catholicism • Meat restricted on certain days • Fasting practiced • Restrictions are consistent with specified days of the church year
    Seventh-day Adventist • Pork prohibited and meat and fish avoided • Vegetarian diet is encouraged • Alcohol, coffee, and tea prohibited • Diet satisfies practice to “honor and glorify God”

    Read more: Religion and Dietary Practices – effects, food, nutrition, body, diet, health, fat, nutrients, eating, acids, water, habits, Religious Belief Expressed as Food Customs


  2. movid said:

    Hi Sridhar,
    I love the fallacy in your point of view.
    In Hinduism COWS are worshipped and therefore REVERED. Hence the prohibition. But the CONSTITUTION being a secular document could not consider these factors and therefore on HUMANE grounds had given the state the directive principles to legislate on such issues reg 3- slaughter of cows, draught animals and calves.
    As regards the prohibitions in Judaism and Islam, the proscribed meats are not because those animals are revered, but because they are “unclean”.
    Christians have no law on that. They eat jutka/halal. pork etc.
    The point is not to LEGISLATE wholesale on such matters, clubbing bulls and buffaloes with cows, calves and draught animals.
    Thanks for yr comment.
    The latest studies show that plants have NERVES and do communicate the pain felt through their NERVES. Seems even vegetarianism is also being found to be less humane!!lol


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