Over the last year, there has been tremendous outrage by a large portion of the media and pseudo-secularists over how the government is stomping on people’s‘right to eat’. Even though majority of beef ban laws were brought by Congress governments, it was as if the outrage was kept reserved by these critics for the NDA government.

This ‘Right to Eat’ brigade has been very vociferous against the Narendra Modi government and has spoken only on incidents that have occurred in BJP-ruled states.

Recently, intolerance was on display in the state of Kerala. A school, St Thomas Higher Secondary School in Erumeli village in Kottayam district, served pork curry to about 60 of its staffers, most of whom were Catholic. Muslims of the village were outraged over this and stormed the school.

The mob blocked the road outside the school for three hours, damaged school furniture and even assaulted two teachers.More people gathered at the school, which is when things got very tense.

A Muslim student who studies in the school told his parents that pork was served. The parents took up the matter with the local Jamaat Council the next day, after which protests broke out.

Some food was left over after the teachers’ party. So, staff member Rajeev Joseph, in charge of the NCC, called the students to finish it. He categorically announced that there was pork curry on the menu and that Muslims students should not consume it. For those who did not eat pork, there was fish curry and pickle.

What’s surprising is that the education department suspended headmaster Thomas Varghese and teacher Rajeev Joseph for serving pork. In fact, Joseph has also been taken into police custody.

Deputy director of education (Kottayam district) Jessy Joseph said that suspending the teacher and the headmaster was the only way to pacify themob. “It would have been better for teachers to dispose the pork curry instead of giving it to students,”he said.

If this is not intolerance and appeasement, then what is? Had Muslim students eaten pork without them being made aware of it, then the outrage was justifiable. But this truly went out of hand.

Where are those people who mock Hindus who don’t eat beef and desire a ban on it? If Muslims have an explicit right to strongly protest against pork, don’t Hindus have the same right against beef?

One more point must be highlighted here. The least that Hindus can do is unite like Muslims do when they feel something is against their religion. Hindus must introspect, and answer this question honestly – Had a group of Hindu students been served beef in this manner, would Hindus have gathered to protest? I highly doubt it.

Source – http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/tension-in-kerala-village-as-school-serves-pork/


Vinayak Jain

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