Authorities must not encourage food bigotry or harass legitimate businesses

Last week Gujarat adopted a draconian law against cow slaughter, making it punishable with a 14-year jail term. This is on the heels of a clampdown on abattoirs in UP. Over in the Jharkhand capital, licenses of mutton and chicken shops haven’t been renewed. Voices are growing from Hindutva organisations in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states for a blanket closure of meat shops. Taken together there are worrying signs of a rise in food bigotry, cow vigilantism, harassment of legitimate meat businesses and competitive fundamentalism.

It’s important to note that cow slaughter was banned in all these states even before the current NDA government took office. Gujarat for example had imposed a complete ban not just on slaughtering but also on transporting cow and progeny in 2011. Today if it were simply a matter of improving the implementation of all laws, incidentally including such bans, it wouldn’t necessarily be such an adverse development. A clampdown on illegal slaughterhouses would be welcome if it meant a more modern, compassionate and hygienic meat industry.

Unfortunately this is not the message that goes out when Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani says he wants to make Gujarat vegetarian, his government decrees veritable life sentences and Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh talks of hanging those who kill cows. Or when legitimate UP enterprises that account for over half of India’s $5 billion worth of buffalo meat exports are threatened. It’s not just precious foreign exchange but lakhs of jobs that are at stake in an economy characterised by jobless growth. Even if one wants to institute bans on cow slaughter, this cannot be equated to the taking of a human life. Such conflations amount to religious fundamentalism which will breed conflict and violence – Pakistan next door is a good example of how it plays out. The vigilantism and violence seen from Dadri to Una could now get worse, endangering social stability and harmony.

Some months ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come down heavily on such vigilantes, calling out the majority of ‘gau rakshaks’ as anti-socials who proclaim themselves cow protectors only to cover up their misdeeds. Yet, in conflicting signals, legitimate meat businesses are suffering and non-vegetarianism is facing an aggressive Hindutva attack. Both Centre and BJP-ruled states need to send a more coherent message, about respecting individual liberties and protecting legal businesses.


Muslims have realised terror is an attempt to defame Islam: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh at Parliament House. Renuka Puri Rajnath Singh at Parliament House. Renuka Puri

HOME Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the country is united against any kind of violence and Muslims have realised that terrorism is an attempt to defame Islam.

“The whole country is united against terrorism. The Muslims have realised that terrorism is an attempt to defame Islam,” he told reporters here, when asked about the violence perpetrated by militants in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the security forces were giving a befitting reply to the militants in the Kashmir Valley.

On Friday, Singh had said Pakistan was using the social media to incite youths in Kashmir to storm encounter sites and help holed-up militants. The strife-torn region had seen a “new trend” in which youths from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between security forces and terrorists and throw stones to help the militants escape, he had said.

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President at IIM-Calcutta: ‘Let there be debate, dissent … but let there not be intolerance’

Pranab Mukherjee with state education minster Partha Chatterjee at IIM-Calcutta

on Saturday. Partha Paul Pranab Mukherjee with state education minster Partha Chatterjee at IIM-Calcuttaon Saturday. Partha Paul

PRESIDENT PRANAB Mukherjee on Saturday appealed to the student community to be argumentative, but not intolerant. “Being a fellow Calcuttan and a son of the soil, I frankly express some of my views and I speak by my heart. I am ready to accept that I am argumentative but I am not ready to accept that I am intolerant. India is a land of tolerance, India is a land of Buddha, India is a land of Gandhi, India is a land of Chaitanya. We accept, we absorb, we embrace and we do not reject anybody. Please keep that in mind,” he said, speaking at the 52nd Annual Convocation of IIM-Calcutta. “Let there be debate, let there be dissentient…but let there not be confrontation, intolerance. To my mind, this is essential to reach the standard you want to achieve…,” he added.

“Indians as Professor Amartya Sen had said they are argumentative, but it can never be said that we are intolerant… particularly, the seat of our higher academic institutions, which have always been known for its liberalism, confluence of various thoughts, ideas, disciplines and views,” said the President. Urging students present at the convocation to “accept criticism of others”, he said: “Free-thinking and expression of liberal views, expression of dissent are the characteristics of the higher learning, higher education system in India… Let us commit ourselves that yes, we will accept criticism of others… but let us not be described as intolerant by others. I do hope this will be acceptable to you.”

The President emphasised that the academic environment should be free from physical and mental violence, particularly in the seats of higher learning. “On several occasions in the last two months, whenever I get the opportunity, I express my views before the sensitive minds of students, teachers and faculty members… all academic environment and institutional atmosphere should be free from violence. Not only free of physical violence but also of mental violence.” During the convocation, Mukherjee awarded diplomas to 434 students. He also inaugurated a new amphitheatre of IIM-Calcutta. While 68 students were awarded diploma in Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEX), 40 were awarded diploma in Post Graduate Programme for Executive for Visionary Leadership in Manufacturing (PGPEX-VLM). The institute also conferred 13 students with the Fellowship Programme diploma. State education minister Partha Chatterjee was also present at the event.

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Woman Survives Vicious Attack by Her Husband

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10 million men and women are abused by their intimate partners every year in America. Audrey was one of them. Her husband, Chris, was never physically violent or threatening to her – until Audrey tried to leave. Then he attacked her face with a hammer and set her on fire.

“Chris was very charming, romantic, the ‘sweep you off your feet’ kind of guy,” she says. However, he was also a liar. Soon after the birth of their first child Audrey learned that Chris had been married to another woman all along.

Even so, she says, “There was no violence in our relationship whatsoever, until I separated from him.” That changed one morning when Audrey stopped by Chris’ house on the way to work and found him waiting for her with a butcher knife. He manhandled into the garage and tried to sexually assault her.

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“I had no idea how I was going to get out of there, but I began saying anything I could to pacify him and get him to stop,” she tells us. Chris then struck her in the face four times with a hammer. When he doused her in gasoline and picked up a candle, “I felt I was peering straight into the devil’s eyes – I knew exactly what he was going to do to me.”

Audrey burned over 80 percent of her body, and lay in a medically induced coma for six weeks. However, even from the beginning, she says, she was determined that “He robbed my physically, but he is not going to rob me spiritually and he’s not going to rob me emotionally.”

Deborah Alessi and her husband, Plastic Surgeon David Alessi, stepped forward to help Audrey. Deborah is CEO and founder of a nonprofit organization called Face Forward, which provides reconstructive surgery for women and children who have been the victims of violent crimes.

David was able to reduce the appearance of Audrey’s facial burn scars – and even more crucially, he released the scar tissue that was painfully pulling her chin down toward her chest. She couldn’t raise her head, and eating and drinking were extremely difficult.

Watch: How You Can Help Victims of Domestic Violence

“I feel like I have my sexy back, and I feel ready to take on the world,” Audrey tells The Doctors. “As a victim, you tend to lose your faith. When the community and people that give back rally around you, it helps to restore your faith in humanity.”

Chris was sentenced to life plus 60 years, but Audrey says that “It was very important for me to forgive him, even before the trial occurred.” Audrey now travels around the country to share her story and help others who may be at risk.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233


Patan collector terms Vadavali violence as ‘Hindu-Muslim riot’

AFTER a preliminary enquiry, the Patan district administration has termed the recent clash at Vadavali village as a ‘Hindu-Muslim riot’. In its report to the Gujarat revenue department, the district administration has also sought compensation for the family of the man killed in the violence, those injured, and for loss and damage to property. The report that was submitted on Monday included an entire narration of the sequence of events. “The report on the Vadavali incident putting it under the Hindu-Muslim riot category has been submitted to the revenue department with a proposal of an estimate of damage and compensation to the victims,”said Patan collector K K Nirala.

Nirala told The Indian Express: “We are awaiting confirmation from the relief commissioner under the revenue department, the office that will take a final decision. Also, there are some variations in claims as some houses were completely damaged, while some partial, and so an estimate cannot be provided at the moment.” On the other hand, on Wednesday, a group of representatives of non-governmental organisations visited Vadavali village and held meetings with police authorities. They said 142 houses were ransacked, including 100 houses which were set ablaze. The NGOs rubbished an estimate of loss of property worth Rs 10 crore in the violence as stated by revenue officials after a survey on March 26.

Members of the Thakore community from Sunsar and adjoining villages had attacked the Muslim residents of Vajipara area of Vadavali last Saturday, leaving one man — Ibrahimkhan Lalkhan Belim — dead and 20 injured. Though the actual reason for the violence was yet to be ascertained, cross FIRs had been registered on March 25. While Vadavali residents blamed the Thakores for the violence, Sunsar villagers accused Muslim school students of beating a group of Hindu students and them being attacked by Vadavali villagers when they reached there.

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Mehbooba Mufti says only talks solution to prevent incident like Budgam

Every year thousands of militants, civilians, security forces and police officials die due to these attacks,?

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said nothing can be achieved through violence adding that the state must realize this and accept that only talks are the way forward.

Mufti asserted that thousands of militants, civilians and have died in attacks and encounters.

?Nothing can be achieved through war and violence. Every year thousands of militants, civilians, security forces and police officials die due to these attacks,? she told media.

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