August 12, 2015
BJP doublespeak: India world leader in beef export under BJP rule though party bans cow slaughter in states
The country has exported 2.4 million tonnes or 24 lakh tonnes of beef, suggests the latest US Agriculture department report.
The revelations are serious as BJP that is at the helm in the country, goes with a missionary zeal to ban cow slaughter.
Its leaders openly say that those who want to consume beef should leave the country. The party supports law against consumption of beef within states in India, but the beef export is so high that India is world leader in it.
In the latest report, India has even increased its lead over Brazil, which is the second biggest exporter, compared to the previous year figures.
After Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power in Delhi, the BJP has been going tough on cow slaughter. The laws are being made tougher. In Maharashtra, beef has been banned and people are being arrested on suspicion of carrying cow meat.
In other states too the laws have been made more stern. People accused of cow slaughter don't get bail. Buffalo meat is also included in beef category. In many states, buffalo slaughter is also prohibited in India.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and vegetarian lobbies have been pushing for beef ban in India. It affects Muslims most as the butchers are mostly from the minority community. Other Muslim communities are also affected as they are linked to the trade.
However, the big companies involved in cow slaughter on a mass scale are mostly run Hindus. These groups have seen a rise in export of beef. No wonder, the American government figures put a serious question mark on the BJP's doublespeak on the issue of cow slaughter and its beef politics.
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