Political row as meat banned in Mumbai

Mumbai, Sep 8 (IANS) A political row has erupted over the ban on sale of meat for four days during the upcoming ‘Paryushan’ Jain holy festival here.

The ban, imposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be implemented on September 10, 13, 17 and 18 when slaughter of meat will be stopped in the Deonar abattoir and sale will not be permitted in the city.


The Paryushan is scheduled between September 10-17, with the 10-day Ganeshotsav starting from September 17, and Bakri Eid falling on September 22-23.

The decision to ban meat sale – following a demand by the Ahimsa Sangh’s Vishwamaitri Trust, besides Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians like Raj Purohit and Atul Shah – was promptly passed by the BMC on Monday.

However, the Shiv Sena, senior ruling partner in the BMC coalition with BJP, distanced itself from the ban, though it respected Jain religious sentiments.

Besides the ban on slaughter of all animals, meat and poultry shops and fish markets shall remain shut on these four days, raising the heckles of the traders, businessmen and retailers of these fast-moving items in the city.

The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the AIMIM, Samajwadi Party have joined the Shiv Sena in opposing the ban.

“This has come soon after a similar eight-day ban on meat in entire townships of Bhayander and Mira Road in Thane district for the Paryushan festival, and barely months after the people have been forced to stop beef consumption in the state last May onwards,” said AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan.

The BJP-controlled Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation last week imposed the ban on meat during Paryushan on the nearly million-strong population comprising significant chunks of Christians, Muslims and other Hindu meat-lovers, sparking off outrage.

It is is still not clear whether bringing meat from outside the ban areas would be permitted, and whether hotels and restaurants would be permitted to serve it within their premises.

Shiv Sena MP and executive editor of Saamana Sanjay Raut stoutly opposed the ban, and said: “You cannot decide what we should eat or not…”

MNS outspoken corporator Sandeep Deshpande said that the BJP is going against even the eating habits of the Marathi-speaking population who are meat-eaters.

“During our period of fasting or the holy month of Shravan, don’t ask for ban on meat everywhere… Then why is (the BJP) favouring one particular community,” Deshpande asked.

“This nothing but vote-bank politics played by the BJP and trying to please one section of people by bowing to such demands… We strongly condemn this move,” said SP legislator Rais Shaikh.

Congress leader of opposition in the BMC Devendra Amberkar pointed out that Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and since ages, people have been living peacefully and celebrating all festivals without encroaching on each others’ eating habits.

“Why are they favouring one community and depriving all others from eating meat,” Amberkar said.

Interestingly, the Vishwamaitri Trust has given a memorandum to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta demanding a full eight-day ban, but it was approved for four days.

The first such ban was permitted way back in 1964, then in 1994, later in 2004, in 2013 there was a two-day ban on meat during the Jain festival.

Strong reactions have poured out even on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp on the meat-ban moves by the MBMC and now the BMC.


  1. The decision to ban meat sale – following a demand by the Ahimsa Sangh’s Vishwamaitri Trust, besides Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians like Raj Purohit and Atul Shah-Reports

    Dear readers,

    Will pubs,dance bar and red light districts will remain open? Beef consignment will be exported on those days?

    On this Ahimsa day will abortion centers will continue to support baby girl dropping and help widened the sex ratio?

    Lastly,Did BJP in ruling in Center,state and corporation respect the Article 25 given to the minority in the constitution?

    Jai Hind

  2. The government should be required to compensate businesses for loss of sales. A tax should be imposed on Jains in Bombay for the lost business and distributed to businesses for lost income.

  3. In the 21st century, there is no other country like India, which is called as the largest citadel of democracy totally filled with paradoxes and contrasts; since the BJP came into power, the whole nation was pushed backward as an international stage of pure insanity show.

    Using the food which is the mere survival object of the humanity has been systematically used by the politicians for their political mileage is nothing but total savagery. Those people who don’t want to eat meat, let them do so, but imposing their anti-meat religious fever upon other people is too harsh to understand, and that is totally a forest culture.

    Is there any democratic nation on earth like India with varying rule of law infringing the fundamental rights of the citizens to eat their food choice and religious faith? The same political party ruling in Goa where the people can consume beef, whereas the next wonderful State, which is the financial capital of India, in the State of Maharastra, the beef handling will send them to 5 years in jail along with monetary penalty. I am a very religious person, and the law of the nature is the law of the Creator. I am waiting to see the extra economic and social miracles to take place in the State of Maharastra through the special blessings of the “cattle blessings”. while people are dying and committing suicides. In India, the human lives of the poor have no value, but like ant’s life. The RSS and other Hindu fanatical parties are bothering many defenseless people all across India in the issue of beef eating and religious freedom, but the State of Gujrat is the leading State in the nation in the beef export business from where the chief Patron of the RSS now ruling India.

  4. Well, I like the idea of banning meat as it is probably the easiest way to significantly reduce animal suffering on this planet!! Trust me – nobody will go hungry. In this modern age where we have plenty of plant based diet, there is no justification to continue the immoral, barbaric act of animal slaughtering purely to satisfy ‘naalige chapala’.

    Now, I am also aware of challenges in our society where so much of economy is built around animal exploitation and suffering. In highly populated urban areas, there are thousands of families involved in animal slaughtering and meat trade. Remember – overwhelming majority of these guys are uneducated and very poor. It’s going to be a huge challenge for these guys to handle a forced vacation of 4 days with no income. Any solution to current madness of meat consumption has to include a holistic approach involving education, media campaigns, political leadership, focus on sustainable living and promotion of ethical living. This will take time. One day in future, human race would look back in disgust and shame at all the atrocious treatment meted out to poor animals as we did to our fellow human beings during slavery or colonization. If you get a chance, listen to latest podcast by Sam Harris where he talks about meat consumption in addition to many other social issues.

    @ Sharia Shaikh: Please do not compare pubs and prostitution to meat eating. One is victim-less crime while meat consumption involves slaughtering animals. Two consenting adults should have the freedom to do whatever they want in privacy. When you slaughter an unsuspecting, innocent animal, it is against the will of an animal. Try a little bit of knife on your own finger and see how it feels!!

    @ Roy: You seem to have a point. There is an economic impact to thousands of families and it should be kept in mind.

    @ AS Mathew : If the current immigration trend continues, your European masters soon may have to give up on pork!! It may be too late to wake up by then! smiles…

    • Well, I like the idea of banning meat as it is probably the easiest way to significantly reduce animal suffering on this planet!! Trust me – nobody will go hungry. – RampaNNA

      Lol! “trust” and that too YOU? Sure ya Rampa.

      As things stand, India is home to about 195 million hungry people. Worldwide, the figure stands at about 820 “chronically hungry” people! AND that too, when meat is not banned!

      Any more brilliant ideas, dear Rampa? And, TRUST ME, if EVER people believe in your – “Trust me – nobody will go hungry” dialogue, I can bet you that many more millions will have their relatives singing – ‘Just a Closer Walk With Thee’ or chant the ಲಲಿತಾ ಸಹಸ್ರನಾಮ as the ಅಂತಿಮ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರ are done.

      What a ಕಿಲ್ಲ್ ಜಾಯ್ (Killjoy) you can be, ರಾಂಪ! 🙁

  5. One is victim-less crime while meat consumption involves slaughtering animals.-Atheist Mr.Original

    Sir, How does someone’s sister and daughter helplessly offering slavery in terms human skin is less crime? Why can’t those saffron thugs doing free moral police offer hand get marry to one and liberate those from shameful slavery?

    According to your rights if two consenting adults should have the freedom to do whatever they want in privacy,why can’t it be extended to those who want to practice beef eating?If porn ban can be lifted to support once individual right why Beef eating is exempted?

    Is pushing some lady to brothel or killing female feticide is less crime than killing of cow for consumption?

    Why can’t Moral police stop the shame of female honor used in brothels?

    Jai Hind

  6. “Sir, How does someone’s sister and daughter helplessly offering slavery in terms human skin is less crime? ” – Sharia Siakh

    Dear Sharia Pandita,
    You need to read my posts carefully before making idiotic conclusions. I was referring to ‘consenting adults’, not a forced act or slaves. See, that’s what ISIS did to poor christian Yazidi women in Iraq area!! I totally oppose it. An act is ‘victim-less’ only when it involves consenting parties. I hope it makes it clear to you now.

    By the way, what do you think of preacher Hamza Tzortzis who was busted for using Ashley Madison for cheating on his wife?? LOL LOL

    • See, that’s what ISIS did to poor christian Yazidi women in Iraq area!! – Mr. RampaNNA

      ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ರಾಂಪಣ್ಣ’ಅವ್ರೆ

      See, this is EXACTLY what happens when you watch our ಪ್ರದಾನ ಸೇವಕನ ಮನ್ನ್ ಕೀ ಬಾತ್ 24 x 7 on ಯೂಟ್ಯೂಬ್.

      While I have no soft-corner for the ISIS and I deeply sympathize and empathize with the plight of the Yazidis, facts should be put in perspective. In your ಕೂಪ ಮಂಡುಕ mentality, you have referred to the Yazidis as Christian.

      So, dear Rampa, if you don’t mind putting off your blessed ಯೂಟ್ಯೂಬ್ for a whole week/fortnight -or, as long as it takes for you to read through the following AND further comprehend it, if not anybody, YOU would definitely stand to be a tad wiser! Or, am I presuming that such an event could never occur? 😉 ONLY you can answer that ya Rampa. Anyway, please read on:

      Due in part to its secrecy, there have been misunderstandings that the complex Yazidi faith is linked to Zoroastrianism with a light/dark duality and even sun worship. Recent scholarship, however, has shown that although their shrines are often decorated with the sun and that graves point east towards the sunrise, they share many elements with Christianity and Islam.

      Their own name for themselves is Daasin (plural Dawaaseen), which is taken from the name of an old Nestorian – the Ancient Church of the East – diocese, for many of their beliefs are derived from Christianity. They revere both the Bible and the Koran, but much of their own tradition is oral.

      Their supreme being is known as Yasdan. He is considered to be on such an elevated level that he cannot be worshipped directly. He is considered a passive force, the Creator of the world, not the preserver. Seven great spirits emanate from him of which the greatest is the Peacock Angel known as Malak Taus – active executor of the divine will. The peacock in early Christianity was a symbol of immortality, because its flesh does not appear to decay. Malak Taus is considered God’s alter ego, inseparable from Him, and to that extent Yazidism is monotheistic.

      Yazidis pray to Malak Taus five times a day. His other name is Shaytan, which is Arabic for devil, and this has led to the Yazidis being mislabelled as “devil-worshippers”. The Yazidis believe that souls pass into successive bodily forms (transmigration) and that gradual purification is possible through continual rebirth, making Hell redundant.

      So, does the name Malak Taus sound like Jesus Christ, or God the father, or the Holy Spirit or Mother Mary to you?

      ವಾಟ್ ಆನ್ ಅರ್ತ್ ಆರ್ ಯೂ ಟ್ರಿಪಿಂಗ್ ಆನ್ ದೀಸ್ ಡೇಸ್? Smiles… 🙂

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