New Delhi: The government of Assam submitted the Cow Protection Act to the State Assembly. According to the Act, it is illegal to buy and sell beef within 5 kilometers of a temple. If the bill is passed, violators will be sentenced to 3 to 8 years in prison and may be fined up to 500,000 rupees. Opposition parties are now protesting the proposed law, saying the move is aimed at Muslims in the state. Sudhir Chaudhary, editor-in-chief of
Zee News, discussed on Tuesday (July 13) how the opposition party played politics with the new bill in the name of secularism.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took into account the religious sentiments of Hindus and proposed a bill to protect cows. However, some political parties are turning it into a public issue.
According to a 2015 survey by the National Sample Survey Office, 40% of Muslims in India eat beef, while 26% of Christians and 2% of Hindus eat beef. The number of meat-eating Hindus in India is rapidly declining, and Assam is the only state where the number of meat-eating Hindus has increased.
The question is, can’t Muslims, who make up 34% of Assam’s population, accept the law and respect the religious sentiments of the Hindu community? Another question is why politicians should be allowed to make it a public issue.
It is illegal to buy, sell and eat pork in many Islamic countries, including Pakistan. In countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, people who eat horse meat are not welcome. Horse meat is completely prohibited in many states of the United States. In Singapore, even chewing gum is banned.
In other words, all countries in the world have enacted laws on the eating habits of their citizens. But in our country, some politicians play dirty politics in the name of secularism.
The government of Assam does not intend to ban beef. The bill only aims to stop its trading near religious sites. Secularism allows everyone to practice their religion in their own way. But it should not hurt the feelings of others. Just like selling pork near the mosque is not good, selling beef near the temple is not good either.