Recently, an independent MLA from Jammu and Kashmir, who hosted a beef party in Srinagar, was beaten up by BJP members
inside the J&K Assembly. An activist, Rahul Easwar
, was attacked in Alapuzha, Kerala, over his remarks on cow slaughter. Deepa Nishant
, an assistant professor in Kerala faced threats from Hinduvata groups after she opposed the beef ban. It seems that the food we consume has become the reason for communal tensions. Since when did the largest democracy in the world become so intolerant? Isn’t eating the type of food one’s personal decision?
To prove that eating something is a personal choice, a Muslim professor from Delhi University’s St Stephen College, Ashley Np, wants to take out five people for a pork lunch. But he himself doesn’t eat pork.
“The offer is open to all, regardless whether I know them or not. The five people will be chosen on a first-come-first-served basis. I don’t eat pork for religious, cultural and personal reasons, but that doesn’t mean others can’t eat it.”
To invite people regarding the same, he posted a post on October 5 on Facebook. He wrote:
Hi, I am Ashley, a Muslim. I don’t eat pork for religious, cultural and personal reasons. But I believe those who like… Posted by Ashley Np on Sunday, 4 October 2015
Ashley said that he came up with this idea after he heard of the beef festivals that are being held in the country in protest of the tragic lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob on the suspicion that he had slaughtered a calf in Dadri, in Uttar Pradesh.
“I know eating pork is not banned anywhere in India. Nor has anyone got beaten to death for it. But it is good to give some of these people a sample of democracy, choices and humane, friendly behaviour.
He pointed out that the society need not always militantly and cruelly insist everyone to follow what they believe in.
The St Stephen’s professor has been inundated with pork meal requests after his Facebook post. He is now trying to figure when it would be a good time to arrange the meet.