MUMBAI: The BJP government immediately after coming to power in states of UP and Maharashtra , imposed beef ban rendering thousands of people connected to Beef and allied trade jobless within 24 hours .Although the Beef policy of BJP is not consistent , as this is contradictory in states like Goa , Meghalaya and some North – Eastern states , but after such beef ban , the so called Gau Raksha Dal which were defunct for the last few decades became active .They have unleashed a reign of terror through their violent acts during the incidents of mob lynching .
Many hard core Hindu organizations are openly supporting these unruly Cow – Bhakts who are taking law into their hands .
Famous Dalit activist Prof. Kancha Illaiah described in an interview that the Beef ban is nothing but imposition of higher – caste – Hindu – culture not only on Muslims and Christians but also on Dalits , backward classes and tribals .There is a wrong impression generally created among the public that only Muslims are beef eating community .But this is not the fact .Many people from various communities eat beef so beef ban is not an act aimed at Muslims only .
Another fact which is generally omitted is that Beef is not only the source of trade and employment for Muslims ( Butchers ) but also for so many Non-Muslims , including Indian farmers , cattle trader , cattle transporters , those connected to skin trade and other allied businesses .A large number of them happen to be from Dalit , OBS ,SC ,ST classes , along with Muslims .
But experts say that in the name of protection of cow , rural economy is being destroyed and a particular culture is being imposed .This is nothing but atrocity being committed on beef eating citizens as well as on those who depend on beef trade for their bread and butter .This is cultural imposition on other sections of society by a particular community which is against the secular tradition of the country . .