New Delhi, April 6: Former chairman of the Press Council of India Markandey Katju who is known for his sensationalising comments, has said that he is against cow slaughter ban in India.
Here is crux of what Katju wrote on his blog titled "Ban on Cow Slaughter".
1. As whole world eats beef, so there is nothing wrong in eating it.
2. Citing examples of North Eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura where selling and eating beef is not a crime, he said that cow meat is source of cheap protein.
3. Katju said that he has eaten beef, but normally avoid it to respect sentiments of my family members as they are conservative Hindus . He assertively writes, there should be a freedom to eat what one wants in a free democratic country .
4. Taking a dig at BJP government for banning beef in Maharashtra, he said that it makes us a laughing stock before the whole world by displaying our backward feudal mindset.
5. Justifying his stand and swiping at BJP, Katju writes, people who make a hue and cry against cow slaughter are not at all bothered by the suffering of tens of thousands of cows which are not properly fed. He asked why these cattle are left to fend for themselves when they grows old and becomes non-productive.
Katju who recently described Mahatma Gandhi as a British agent said that he believes that recent step by BJP government to ban cow slaughter in Maharashtra was politically motivated one.
"I regret to say that such bans are nowadays more for political considerations than anything else. For instance, in Maharahshtra there was already the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, 1976 which prohibited slaughter of a cow ( which was defined to include a male or female calf ) but permitted slaughter of bulls, bullocks and buffaloes on obtaining a 'fit for slaughter' certificate. But now by a new law effective from 2.3.2015 sale and export of beef has been totally prohibited, causing loss of many jobs", he writes on blog.