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“Eat beef in your country before visiting to India,” Says new Tourism Minster

The new tourism minister of India, KJ Alphons, has now new advice for people who are visiting to India from other parts of the world. In the new advice, the tourism minister asked the visitors to “Eat beef in their own countries” before travelling to India. The advice came just three days after asserting that there will not be any “food code” for states and beef will continue in states like Kerala and Goa.

The minister made the remark when he was confronting the questions on the tourism sector, where it is seen a major slowdown due to the cow vigilantism in the states that have banned the consumption of beef.

“They can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar,” Mr Alphons quipped while replying to reporters.

A day after incumbeting the charge of the tourism minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Mr Alphons rubbishes the concerns over beef ban as “propaganda” against the BJP and said: “I don’t think the BJP prescribes a food code for every state. Like the Chief Minister of Goa has made very clear that Goa is a beef-eating state and Goa shall continue to be a beef-eating state. Kerala is a beef-eating state and it shall continue to eat beef. That is what people eat there and BJP doesn’t have a problem.”

Both Kerala and Goa are the most visited destinations for foreign tourists.

When reporter reminded him his earlier statement, he said, “That is a cock-and-bull story…I am not the food minister, I am the minister for Tourism.”

Beef Row: BJP clarifies they won’t impose beef ban in North-East India

As BJP wants to expand their footprint in the North Eastern states of India by the means of coalition formula, a top brass leader, behind closed doors, assured the leaders of North Eastern states that the party is not in the mood to dictate what people should eat. The assurance comes a day after when the NDA government’s new tourism minister KJ Alphons called eating beef a matter of choice of Keralites.

The development came-up at the closed-door meeting of the North-East Democratic Alliance, or NEDA, a coalition formed by the BJP last year with the support of the regional political parties. At a meeting, party President Amit Shah made it clear that he wanted to see the coalition in power in all of the eight states of the North-East.

It is in the presentation by Sikkim leaders the topic came. Becoming the first state in the North-East, Sikkim has banned all kinds of cow slaughter with a punishment of minimum two year of imprisonment.

In a clarification asked by the leaders Paul Lyngdoh and PM Conrad Sangma on the matter if ban on beef is really a matter of policy. Meghalaya is among the four states in the North-East which is set to go on polls next year apart from Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland. Following the difference in the party’s belief and ideological thinking of putting a ban on beef, and not respecting local customs and food habits, many of the BJP from Meghalaya had exited the party in June.

In the meeting, Himanta Biswa Sarma, a senior BJP leader and NDA convenor, intervened when the question about food habits came up in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah. Mr Sarma is learnt to have told the gathering that the BJP did not want to interfere with the food habit or local customs of people.

He also went on to say that every state was at liberty to draft laws according to local customs and rituals.

“The party completely respects cultural diversity,” they were reportedly told. While Amit Shah did not speak on the subject, he apparently went along with that.

In the past when junior home minister Kiren Rijiju who is from Arunachal Pradesh reportedly ticked off a ministerial colleague about his right to eat beef, he had backtrack later, claiming that he was misquoted. Mr Rijiju’s remarks were then in response to Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement that those who eat beef should go to Pakistan.

After Beef Ban, Comes Another Ban. Momo Ban.

Amidst the protest that stirred the country past several months on the beef ban, beef protest and the farmer’s strike in Madhya Pradesh, another controversy has now been seen to stage the setting of the great rising in the country, the momos ban. Yes, Momos ban is a new controversy that our political leaders are setting their political field.

A BJP MLC in Jammu and Kashmir is campaigning against India’s favourite snack, momo. Because he ‘thinks’ they are ‘dangerous’ and need to be banned.

A report in the National Herald said that MLC Ramesh Arora wanted momos banned and quoted him as saying that our teenagers were getting addicted to them like drugs and it needed to be stopped.

Well, he is perhaps not wrong. Momos are one of the most popular street foods in India. They are cheap and easily available. They may be addictive because they are delicious.

But Arora is far from being happy about that.

The report said he not only was wary of ‘Burmese and Bangladeshi’ people selling it, he said, “Momo is a killer and we cannot allow a killer to grow in a civilised society. Ajinomoto is dangerous for health.”

While Ajinomoto or MSG (monosodium glutamate) was said to have been bad for health. Several reports suggest (read here, here and here) that it may not be as bad it has been portrayed to be.

Another report in the State Times quoted a statement circulated by the BJP media cell as saying, “MLC Adv Ramesh Arora met with Chief Secretary and Municipal officials and apprised them about uncontrolled growth of Momo shops, meat Reharis (mobile carts) and encroachment in Jammu city without any control.”

Momos are native to Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese culture and are even part of the diet of people in many areas of India.

Momos have become a part of mainstream Indian street food and have found different variations in different cities, like the Tandoori momo in Delhi.

And while Arora is waging a war against them, it may be difficult for him to make people stop eating these delicious and ‘addictive’ dumplings.

(The report was published in The Huffington Post)

BJP’s Resolution Of Gau Raksha Reaches A New Height. Have To Pay ‘Cow Cess’ If You Rent A House In Rajasthan.

BJP government has always been finding new innovative ideas for cow protection and their dedication is seen in their will to bring cow protection legislature in Gujarat.

Nowadays Rajasthan is being in news for the killing of Muslim men accused of cow slaughter. Those men were beaten up by the mob in the middle of the road mercilessly even though they produced papers that they bought those cattle for dairy farming.

But the dedication for the protection of cow in Rajasthan state government has been taken to another level. Rajasthan government has imposed a 10% cess as the surcharge on stamp duty for protection and propagation of cow protection in the state.

This surcharge will be applicable on all non–judicial instruments like rent – agreement, mortgage deed or lease deeds. But judicial instruments, insurance stamps or revenue tickets are excluded from it.

 

The Rajasthan government has released the order for the imposing of cow cess from 31st March.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by the Rajasthan Stamp Act, 1998 and in supersession of this department’s notification, state government hereby orders surcharge at the rate of 10 per cent on stamp duty payable on all instruments for the purposes of conservation and propagation of cow and its progeny,” states the order.

Not even this the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has said in her budget that the surcharge that was proposed will be used for the protection and well – being of cows.

Ironically, Rajasthan is the only state which has its own Cow ministry. The government last year had said that it need at least 200 to 500 crores for the welfare and protection of cows.

11% of the total share of the entire registration revenue is allotted to the Rajasthan cow ministry.

Following them, other states BJP led government have come forward for the imposition of such surcharge. Punjab government has also given a nod for such cess in some cities.

The Haryana Gau Sewa Ayog had proposed to the government that it should levy a Rs 2,100 tax on booking of a banquet hall, a 5 per cent cess on the collection of entertainment tax, and Re 1 per bag of food grain. It also sought that 50 per cent collections of donations from state-managed temples for the creation of funds for the upkeep of cows in the state.

#NLCExclusive: Lion and Tigers Starving in Lucknow Zoo Due to Meat Shortage.

After taking oath Yogi Adityanath has given priority for the beef ban and the illegal slaughter houses are shut down. On one hand CM is taking such step and on the other hand, there is some sad news coming from Lucknow.

“Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan Zoo” Lucknow has been going through a food shortage for animals. The situation arose due to the negligence of zoo officials. The contractor hired for the meat supply refused to deliver and the situation is getting worse for the animals present in the zoo.

 

This is not the first time situation like that have arisen. A few years back the same problem occurred but after the media chaos, the situation was taken under control. The situation is not limited to just Lucknow zoo but in Lion Safari Etawah, too there are reports of food shortage.

 

Mr Anupam Gupta, the director of Lucknow Zoo while talking to NLC revealed that the information received is totally false and refused to acknowledge the fact.

In Lucknow zoo, there is a need of 12-kilo meat for lions. There are around 8 lions, 7 Tigers, 8 Panthers in the zoo. Yogi Adityanath has just become a chief minister of UP and the animal welfare should also be his priority. The situation like this should not be repeated and the government should take strict action against the people responsible.

By – Parul Kulshrestha