Modi's Cattle Politics: BJP's Social and Political Ambitions

June 02, 2017


This blog is written within the fortnight of Modi's recent ban on Cattle consumption. Is this a political move or a socially devastating move? The answer to this question depends on the state we live. Indeed, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala have a 30.44 % and 25.28 % beef eating population compared to the national average of 7.53%. Paradoxically, Chhattisgarh and Punjab have a exiguous 0.07% and 0.11% beef eating population. With these diverse conditions is it constitutionally viable to enforce a blanket ban on beef eating? The plain answer would be "NO". I am totally in favour of Jallikattu or be Kambala or even other famous sports. But, total Beef Ban is against the constitutional viability which indeed suppresses the freedom Religion.
              From a Different Perspective, I do support the Move for cultural reasons. Cows should be prevented from slaughter, for it is enshrined in article 48 that the state shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle. This simply means that Beef Ban is not wrong. Yes, again it is an ubiquitous fact that articles 35 to 51A belonging to the Directive Principles of State Policy(DPSP) cannot be enforced by the court of Law. 

                 Article 25 which promotes freedom of Religion is incongruous in comparison to Article 48. This proves the fact that this issue is a hot potato for the most of us. But, Modi has proved to be an intrepid leader to distinctly win over this hot potato issue. This is an apolitical move according to the government . But, this argument is simply rejected on the basis that the Modi government wants to perpetuate into states like Kerala, Tamil nadu where only a small portion eat beef. The party is trying out for Hindu consolidation to win over votes of the people. I would be envied if the government doesn't reconsider this total ban. It would be better of for the government to allow Buffalo slaughter or other bovine slaughter when the cattle is not able to milch. This will be in accordance to both the articles and it can satisfy both parties i.e the Hindus and the Muslims.   

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