Muslims Can Stay But Must Give up Beef, Says Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Chandigarh: At a time when the ruling BJP is being criticized for incendiary statements by some of its leaders after the mob killing in Dadri of a Muslim man over beef rumours, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has hit another jarring note.

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In an interview to the Indian Express newspaper, Mr Khattar has said that Muslims in the country must give up beef.

“Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko. Yahan ki manyata hai gau (Muslims can stay, but in this country they will have to give up eating beef. The cow is an article of faith here),” Mr Khattar said.

The comment has provoked a flood of condemnation. “He has no right to remain Chief Minister,” said Congress leader Rashid Alvi.

The Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashutosh tweeted: “He is CM of Haryana. Named M L Khattar. Doesn’t know constitution, reads only RSS books. My sympathy for his knowledge.”

Mr Khattar, 61, who took charge of the BJP’s first government in Haryana a year ago, is a veteran member of the party’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

His office today said he had been misinterpreted. “He has not said that people who eat beef should go to Pakistan. He has just said the cow is considered spiritual in Hindu religion so they should not eat flesh of cow,” said Jawahar Yadav, the Chief Minister’s aide.

In the interview, Mr Khattar is also quoted as saying that the Dadri killing was the “result of a misunderstanding” in which both sides had been wrong. “It should not have happened…from both sides,” he said.

On September 28 in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, Mohammad Akhlaq, a 52-year-old blacksmith, was dragged out of his home by a mob of about 100 and beaten to death over suspicions that he had beef in his house.

Mr Khattar alleged that Akhlaq had made a “halki tippani (loose comment)” about the cow which hurt the sentiment of those who attacked him. He said the mob acted like a man would “after seeing his mother being killed or his sister getting molested,” his rage getting the better of him.

Asked whether stopping people from eating food of their choice violates a constitutional right, the Chief Minister said: “Freedom of one person is only to the extent that it is not hurting another person. They can be Muslim even if they stop eating beef, can’t they?”

6 Comments

  1. CM Kattar must resign for violating his oath of office which required him to uphold the Constitution. Politicians who take the oath of office and do not uphold the laws of a secular state but actively seek to further a communal agenda should resign for dereliction of duty.

  2. “Muslims can stay, but in this country they will have to give up eating beef. The cow is an article of faith here),” Mr Khattar.

    “THE MUSLIMS CAN STAY”? – Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, WHO ARE YOU TO PERMIT INDIAN MUSLIMS TO STAY HERE? YOU MUST KNOW THAT THEY ARE THE EQUAL CITIZENS OF INDIA.

    REGARDING THE RSS LIST OF MANDATES AND DICTATES TO MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS FOR ‘STAYING” IN INDIA:THEY MUST OBEY THE FOLLOWING:

    1. THEIR PLACES OF WORSHIPS ARE NOT HOLY OR SACROSANCT FOR THEM. BUT FOR HINDUS PLACES OF WORSHIPS ARE SACROSANCT. SO, THE RSS HAS THE RIGHT TO SHIFT MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN PLACES OF WORSHIP OR DEMOLISH THEM AS AND WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE.

    2. RSS HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL WHICH HINDU PLACES OF WORSHIP WERE DEMOLISHED TO BUILD CHURCHES AND MOSQUES IN THE LAST 2000 YEARS AND THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO DEMOLISH THEM.

    3. RSS HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL TO WHICH HINDU CASTES THE FORE-FATHERS OF THE MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS OF TODAY BELONGED TO IN THE LAST 2000 YEARS, AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECONVERT THEIR PROGENY IN INDIA BACK TO THE CASTES OF HINDU RELIGION.

    4. RAMAYANA, MAHABHARATA AND GEETHA ARE THE NATIONAL RELIGIOUS HOLY BOOKS AND THE MUSLIMS AND THE CHRISTIANS MUST ACCEPT THEM AS THEIR RELIGIOUS BOOKS, FOR INDIA IS A HINDU NATION.

    5. IF THE MUSLIMS MALES ARE “CIRCUMCISION-ED”, THE RSS HAS THE RIGHT TO CAUSE PLASTIC SURGERY AND RESTORE IT AND CONVERT THE MUSLIMS TO HINDUISM.

    6. HINDU RELIGION IS NATIONAL RELIGION AND THE RSS HAS THE RIGHT TO CONVERT NON-HINDUS TO HINDUISM, IF NEEDED, FORCIBLY.

    7. THIS IS THE SHORT LIST FOR THE TIME BEING AND IT COULD BE INCREASED IN SIZE AND LENGTH WHENEVER DEEMED FIT TO DO SO BY THE RSS.

    IN THE MEAN WHILE, MODI WOULD CONTINUE TO MOUTH “DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS”, “MAKE IN INDIA”, “JAN DHAN”, ‘SWACHCHA BHARA”, “YOGA”, “PUTTING 30 LAKHS RUPEES IN THE POCKETS OF EVERY VOTER WITH IN 100 DAYS FROM OUT OF REPATRIATED BLACK MONEY”, “LIVING SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE”, “SHASTRIJI’S MURDER BY INDIRA GANDHI”, “SHAMA PRASAD MUKHARJI’S MURDER BY NEHRU”, “DEEN DAYAL UPADYAY’S MURDER BY CONGRESS”, ‘INDIAN YOUTH FEELING WHY THEY WERE BORN IN INDIA, TILL MODI BECAME THE PRIME MINISTER”, ETC, ETC.

    AND MODI WOULD CONTINUE TO PRETEND TO BE BLIND AND DEAF TO RSS DEMANDS, SECRETLY ASK THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR JIBES TO MOLLIFY HINDU EXTREMIST ELEMENTS AND KEEP THE HINDU VOTE BANK INTACT, TILL ALL INDIANS ARE FORCED TO BECOME HINDUS!!!

    OVER TO DUPLICATE PAI OF USA ORIGIN !!!

  3. We were Hindus basically. Now we may be Muslims, Christians or Sikhs, our fore fathers got converted mostly due to inducement or by force. The foreign invaders who came to loot India had their own way. Along with the religion eating habits changed. There is nothing hard and fast rule that we and Sikhs must eat Pork or Muslims and we must eat Beef. If we do not eat any of them then our religion doesn’t change. If our Hindu brethren get antagonized by our killing and eating Beef or If we live in Muslim dominated or ruled countries then to antagonize Muslims we should desist from eating Pork. Believe it or not when along with my family in Srinagar we could not get Beef dish in a Muslim hotel. It is our mind set, that can be changed, but the Politicians will not allow us to change it, only to keep intact their Vote Bank. Let us not sucumb to their tantrums. Let us live peacefully amongst our Hindu or Muslim brethren. That is what our religion basically teaches us. Jai Hind.

  4. It almost sounds like an ultimatum/threat/blackmail. Why shouldn’t this clown be booked for threatening to evict legitimate citizens of India just because of their food habits? The country is going to the dogs day by day. Even when the State is run by Congres government we see so much moral policing with hint of fascism everywhere, so god only knows what will happen when both the Central and the State governments are run by majority BJP. Symptoms are rather worrying.

    I would never advocate this under normal circumstances but the people in the future may be forced to defend themselves when the ruling elite utterly and deliberately fail in upholding the rights and liberty of every citizen. Install as many CCTVs as possible and upload the videos directly to YouTube so the rest of the world can see what’s happening. I know it’s so Orwellian but unfortunately I do not see any other solution to this menace.

  5. What a great future for India if such jungle kings are ruling India? Foreign investment to Haryana would be flowing by the trillions. Mr. Modi, what is your response?

  6. Who is this Joker?

    Did India belong to his unknown pop?

    I think our Pradhana Sevaka needs to make another ‘phoreen’ trip to Yemen and ask them to build some fighter jets for us.

    Maybe our Rampa can why explain all this intolerance is happening in AKHANDA BHARATHA MATHA.

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