मेरे खाने की स्वतंत्रता के साथ आपकी क्या परेशानी है?

बीफ और पोर्क खाने की रोक के विरुद्ध में भारत में लड़ाई लड़ी जा रही हैं। मानव भूषण चर्चा करते हैं कि क्यों यह जातिगत भेदभाव का मुद्दा है और अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता पर प्रतिबंध के रूप में देखा जा सकता है।

हिंदुओं का मानना है कि गायें पवित्र है और मुसलमान सूअर के मांस को “हराम” (निषिद्ध) मानते है। दोनों भारत के निम्न जाति दलितों के लिए मुख्य खाद्य पदार्थ हैं, जो हाल ही में कुछ राज्यों में गोमांस पर रोक लगाये जाने को जाति पूर्वाग्रह और अपने स्वतंत्र अभिव्यक्ति के मौलिक अधिकार पर प्रतिबंध समझते थे। अप्रैल 2012 में हैदराबाद के उस्मानिया विश्वविद्यालय में कुछ छात्रों ने अपने विश्वविद्यालय कैंटीन में गोमांस परोसा जाने की अनुमति के लिए एक अभियान शुरू किया। दक्षिणपंथी छात्र समूहों के सदस्यों ने कड़े विरोध और हिंसाके साथ इस पहल की मुलाकात की। फिर भी यह दलित अभियान जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय, जो लेफ्ट विङ्ग छात्र राजनीति के लिये दशकों से एक गढ़ रहा है, तक फैल गया।

कुछ वर्षों से दोनों राजनीतिक राय और अदालत के फैसलों ने गाय और गोजातीय वध के विषय पर तलगातार रूढ़िवादी दृष्टिकोण लिया है। मुख्यधारा के राजनीतिक दलों ने और यहां तक कि भारत के सर्वोच्च न्यायालय ने भी राज्य सरकारों द्वारा लगाए गए प्रतिबंध के फैसले का स्वागत किया है और उन्हें बरकरार रखा है। जाति और धर्म के साथ साथ, गोहत्या की बहस में वर्ग आयाम है। प्रसिद्ध शैक्षिक प्रफुल्ल बिद्वाई ने तर्क दिया है कि: “गोमांस का अभाव वंचितों के लिए खाने का बिल बढ़ा देगा”। अपनी मर्ज़ी का खाना खाने की स्वतंत्रता बहुत ही संवेदनशील है, और इसका भविष्य पहले से कहीं अधिक अनिश्चित प्रकट होता है।

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Google अनुवाद द्वारा स्वचालित मशीन अनुवाद प्रदान किया जाता हैं. यह आपको बताता है की योगदानकर्ता क्या कहना चाहता हैं, लेकिन इसका एक सटीक, सूक्ष्म अनुवाद की तरह भरोसा न करें.

  1. I, for one, have no problem with ban on cow slaughter. Infact, I might even support the reasoning behind the ban only because a significant section of Hindu society considers it sacred and if banning sustains the cultural and religious kaleidoscope, which India is, then so be it. Having said that, cow slaughter was already banned by many state governments long ago and it is not a new issue. However, this ban doesn’t, shouldn’t, mean ban on slaughtering of bulls and bullock (which were included in the slaughter ban in Maharashtra recently) as they are not considered sacred and thus shouldn’t offend anyone. Another point which should be noted is that beef in India traditionally has been buffalo’s, bull’s and bullock’s meat and is known as poor man’s meat. It serves as a protein source for less privileged section of the society which can’t afford mutton or poultry. By a blanket ban, one of the very few sources of protein for malnourished in India would dry up reducing the already insufficient per capita nutrition intake of the poor.
    Another social/economical aspect which one must consider before committing ourselves’ to the blanket ban is that only old bulls , which were unfit for farming, were sold by farmers to the slaughterers. Farmer in India, who are usually under tremendous financial strain, simply can’t afford to take care of the old bulls till they die and it was a source of a small income to them. Now, after the beef ban, they would be forced to leave the beast in open and these stray cattle would further obstruct the traffic in already congested Indian roads. For tackling this, the government will have to make many shelter houses which would again cost the exchequer a fair bit.

  2. Why does a community have to eat a particular animal? Is it only about taste or is it about their right to offend the other religion?

    Why is it almost always the case that in India an overwhelming majority of those who want to protect their right to eat beef always get violent when someone talks about his right to eat pork? Both are just animals with four legs.

    There are certain Indian cities like Haridwar that are strictly vegetarian. It has been so for centuries and no one complained about it ever. There are certain Indian cities like Deoghar where mouse traps are not sold because the little creature is supposed to be the carrier of Lord Ganesha !!!

    Why in the name of freedom do you want to hurt millions of people’s religious sentiments, as long as it is not hurting anyone in any significant way?

  3. I think to kill any species of the world for our test is not a natural way.For Example – If a lion kill any antelope then it is a natural way and then he eat it. By this way, there is no any disturbance in life cycle. But when we kill any species of the world which is not any natural way then it increases the disturbance in the natural system. Now when we are talking about Humanity, we know that human is most intelligent species of the world , then it is our responsibility to think about every species and their protection so that there is no disturbance in the nature. Now if i am talking about beef ,Killing any species for beef will generate a great disturbance in the natural system for humanity.
    Thank You!

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      I have to objections: firstly, whatever is natural is not necessarily ethical or preferable. In some denominations and religions, blood injection is prohibited because it is assumed as non-natural against the god’s will. However, is it ethically acceptable to leave a child to die in the basis of such belief? Piercing is another example. Men and women in most of the communities had used piercing throughout the history. But is piercing really natural? Then the second question will come up: what is natural and what is non-natural. While in some societies, circumcision is assumed as necessary for sexual pleasure of men and women – which is a natural desire- in some others it is defined non-natural and even brutal in case of infants. All in all, defining ‘natural’ and ‘non-natural’ not only doesn’t help us to solve the dilemma but also it leads us to more complicated dilemmas.

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