Friday, September 11, 2015

It's not about meat ban silly...

Recent controversy about meat ban in Maharashtra is an ideal example of how appeasement politics works in India. Actually this not the first time anything is banned in India, we have a long history of banning books, movies, authors, different type of meats, etc. This is all done by different governments in name of not hurting sentiments of particular community or religion. Some times it is about sentiments attached with some animal like cow, sometimes it is about insult of some revered historical figure like Shivaji, sometimes it is about insult of some religious icons like Mohammad or Jesus or some goddess and sometimes it is about some religious festivals or rituals. In current case it is about respecting Jain ritual called 'Paryushan', as they are vegetarians and are against any type of violence some municipal corporations in Mumbai imposed ban on butchering of animals and selling meat for few days during Paryushan time to respect their sentiments. Surprisingly killing and selling of fish is not included in this ban, so I wonder if Jains consider fish as living thing or not, or is there any different logic which allows fish killing but not of chicken or goat? Actually one can find many technical mistakes in these types of ban orders but this is not the main point, this particular incident along with many other similar incidents in past expose the ultimate hypocrisy of Indian political class and society. 

Same political parties who were supporting beef ban to its core are now on roads opposing this particular meat ban, they are so adamant in their opposition that they are going to an extent of selling meat on their own on streets to register their protest against this ban. Now just imagine what would have reaction of same people if beef eaters who are again a minority in India would have done same thing. But we can ignore this for the time being as I already said this is not about meat ban at all, people who think the issue is about meat or religious sentiments are living in fools paradise. There is already a freedom to practice any religion guaranteed by constitution in India, this is all about appeasement politics not about any meat or book or any movie. Every political party has played this game and shamelessly say that they don't play any appeasement politics. Each one of them make huge hue and cry if someone else is playing this game for political gains but again shamelessly justify their own similar acts that too by citing instances in past which they themselves opposed. NDTV anchor Ravish has coined very proper term 'is equal to theory' for all these actions where every political outfit tries to justify their acts by claiming that in past also so and so party has also done this. Sad part is that supporters of all these parties participate in this drama without even realizing that they are becoming a part of a deeply hypocritical and regressive culture.

These type of bans set up another dangerous precedence, if you ban one book to appease certain section of society then what is going to stop some other community to ask ban some another book or attack another author for hurting their sentiments? If you agree to one unreasonable or stupid demand  to ban anything then automatically you give legitimacy to many other similar demands. If you offer reservation to one community then what is going to stop other communities from demanding similar privilege? This drama is going on from last so many years without any interruption. India is already facing so many problems because of appeasement politics but still people are refusing to learn from their past mistakes, rather they are very much adamant to commit same mistakes just because someone did it and got away with it. Every time it is expected from courts to bring some sense in such matters and unfortunately they are also not very consistent on these type of sensitive issues. But I have to agree that they are doing much better job than all political parties who are only interested in making things more complicated rather than solving it.

Divide and rule politics is not new, Britishers used it to create rift between Hindus and Muslims as well as between different castes of Hindus for their own benefit. All these bans are part of same legacy and mindset, the intention is to appease certain section by doling out certain unreasonable favors which in turn creates polarization of opinions and believe me all political parties love this polarized atmosphere. There is no exception, literally all political parties are guilty of playing appeasement politics. Only common people, if at all they want can stop this nonsense, if they are OK with it then this stupid drama will continue endlessly. This is not at all about any book or meat or movie this is about liberty, freedom and appeasement. Religion is very personal matter and everyone is free to practice their own faith but no one has right to impose their own beliefs or lifestyle on others. This is a simple fact which everyone should understand and practice in any tolerant and progressive society. If they can't stop this nonsense then at least please stop claiming that you are a tolerant nation or society. There are Islamic countries in world where there is a ban on eating food in public place during the month of Ramadan, this is very regressive thing to impose but if people think this is wrong then please explain me on what basis this meat ban or beef ban can be justified? and please don't offer any 'is equal to' explanations.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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