In an extremely sad move, inching closer to complete Hinduization of this country, Karnataka government headed by the Hindu right wing political party BJP, has passed a bill to ban cow slaughter, making sale, consumption and possession of beef a punishable offense up to seven years.
India was never a secular country. It has been including many elements of bowing down to blind and irrational religious sentiments and made them laws to impose it onto everyone. India is becoming more and more of a Hindu country much to the celebration of Hindutva supporters. With these moves India is moving away from ideal of becoming a safe place for practice of one’s faith without intervention of state as protected in Article 25 of Indian Constitution.
This is clear case of a Hindu majority, dominated by upper caste version of Hinduism where cow is a sacred animal, imposing its will on other religions and lower caste Hindus. Beef is a food to many people just like chicken or mutton. State has no right to impose what people of this country can eat or not eat, unless the animal species under consideration is deemed a protected species. Making an animal sacred is not the domain of a secular country.