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The Hidden Agenda Behind Beef Ban Which Is Constantly Missed

Two years after the Narendra Modi government came to power, the vehement approach towards the countries minority have seen a potential rise. The recent proposal of mulling over the issue to enact a law that can nationalize the ban as suggested to the agriculture ministry, has flared a chain of ramifications that has resulted in a sense of phobia among the minority community. The infamous case of the Dadri lynching, where a communally stable region turning into a precariously hostile environment will be seen more often.

Excluding few unnoticed events in the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Haryana, the recent mandate to close all unlicensed abattoirs in the state of Uttar Pradesh, by the newly elected CM Yogi Adityanath has sent a strong message throughout the subcontinent. Restaurants and hotel owners who were selling beef, are finding it hard to digest as their business will be at stake. Many owners have resorted to closing down their business, owing to the disturbed atmosphere and the potential risk of beef procurement.

As reported India is one of the largest exporters of beef to the world market, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has extended its lead over the next highest exporter, Brazil. According to the data, India exported 2.4 million tonnes of beef and veal in FY 2015, compared to 2 million tonnes by Brazil and 1.5 million by Australia. These three countries account for 58.7 per cent of all the beef exports in the world. India itself accounts for 23.5 per cent of global beef exports. The data clearly reflects that India has been generating substantial revenue from its beef export.

The Modi govt. has to think that an indecisive approach in nationalizing the ban, only to push forward their nationalistic propaganda of hard-lining Hindutva will not only affect the sentiments of the minority but also hit the economy on multiple levels.


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