Aizawl : Beef fests’ were held in various parts of Mizoram on Monday to protest the Central government’s decision of banning sale or purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. Beef is widely consumed in Mizoram, and is considered to be part of the Mizo’s culture.
Zolife member Remruata Varte, who was reportedly one of the key organisers of a ‘Beef Festival’ said that the first beef festival in Mizoram was held at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl.
“The people of Mizoram were very much upset with the new laws which is directly against the Mizo’s culture and traditions” he said, adding that the Central government has no rights under the Indian Constitution, to impose anything on what citizen’s should eat or drink.
Remruata Varte also said the people of Mizoram would fight for their rights through the state government led by Congress leader Lal Thanhawla.
According to reports from the organising committee, about two quintals of beef had been prepared for the fest where more than 1500 people across the city gathered to cook and enjoy a hearty beef meal as a mark of protest against “attack on the food habit”.Posters with statements like,”For god’s sake, let’s eat beef”, ‘We have our delicious beef, don’t force on us your belief’, ‘Beef Ban : Religious Arrogance, Historical Ignorance, Cultural Fascism’ were seen hanging at the festival ground at Vanapa Hall, just 200 metres from the Raj Bhavan where Union Minister Rajnath Singh presided over a high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of four Northeastern states.
One poster quoted what Mahatma Gandhi was saying about Beef “How can i force anyone not to slaughter cows unless he is himself so disposed? It is not as if there were only Hindus in the Indian Union. There are Muslims, Parsis, Christians and other religious groups here”