A 50-year-old Indian Muslim farmer was brutally killed by a mob, while his 22-year-old son was critically injured
LAHORE: A 50-year-old Indian Muslim farmer, Mohammed Akhlaq, who lived in Dadhri, on the outskirts of Delhi, was brutally killed by a mob, while his 22-year-old son was critically injured following an announcement from a Hindu temple that he had consumed beef. It is an irony that the eldest son of this patriotic Indian family serves in the Indian Air Force and yet, this hate crime was committed by those who lived in his neighbourhood.
The Indian police have taken meat from the late Akhlaq’s refrigerator for laboratory tests to verify if the meat was beef or mutton, showing that the slaughter of cows and consumption of beef by Hindus is not only a sin, but a crime for all citizens, including those who are Muslim and Christian. If the slaughter of cows is banned in India can it explain how, according to the US Department of Agriculture, the country last year emerged as the largest exporter of beef, supplying over 2,082,000 metric tonnes, followed by Brazil and Australia. India’s top export food product is beef at $4.8 billion, followed by basmati rice at $4.5 billion, inferior quality of rice at $3.3 billion and $0.8 billion for wheat. Then why this contradiction?
How can secular, democratic India deny the basic right that its citizens live without fear, choose their faith and eat what their religion allows them to consume? If this is not religious fundamentalism, what else do we call it? This should serve as an eye-opener for those in Pakistan, who, even today, think they would have been better off if India had remained an undivided country.
Malik Tariq Ali
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2015.
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