“Welcome to Mumbai, capital of Ban-istan”

After the controversial ban against beef, it is time for more meaty omissions in the menu for Mumbaikars as the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) recently announced a meat ban during the religious festival of Paryushan celebrated by the Jain community this month.

This decision evoked some strong reactions from the public, with social media users demanding an environment bereft of ‘vote bank politics’, ‘religious fanaticism’ and ‘dictatorial’ regimes.

“How can a cosmopolitan city in a secular republic ban meat on certain days decided by a particular religion?” tweeted well-known author Chetan Bhagat.

MBMC has banned the sale of meat for eight days during the fasting period observed by the Jain community from Sep 11-18.

“#MeatBan; it’s fishy!” tweeted Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha.

BJP leader Shaina NC, quoted by a media source referring to the cause of 1.5 lakh Jain ‘voters’, sparked further debate against vote-bank politics.

“Pandering to one community reeks of vote-bank politics. Minority appeasement knows no bounds these days,” tweeted one Nikhil Kulkarni.

“We don’t care about hospitals, toilets, good roads, railways or safety. We are interested in what you watch and eat. — BJP,” wrote one Lindsay Pereira.

People openly questioned the government&’s curbing of ‘religious freedom’ of other communities in order to accommodate certain religious sentiments.

Rohit Pradhan: “When the moral righteousness of vegetarians meets religious absolutism, true fanaticism is created. #Jains #MeatBan.”

Ravinder Singh: “Respecting sentiments of one religious community doesn’t mean snatching away other communities’ freedom (to eat what they want to).”

In fact, some social media users even suggested a revision of such hypocritical policies, by letting the sentiments of meat eaters and other religions rule the roost for once.

A tweet by one Raghav Chopra read:  “If due to one community’s belief others should leave meat, will due to other’s beliefs veggies eat meat?”

“I’m awaiting liquor ban, food ban etc by Mumbai govt. during Ramadan,” said one of the twitteratti.

The fact that the Maharashtra government recently classified the act of criticism of the government as ‘sedition’ did not help matters.

Many felt that ‘mayanagri’ Mumbai is gradually becoming a Dystopian world using expressions like “Welcome to #Mumbai, capital of Ban-istan #meatban”; “If the state starts taking undue interest in people’s diet too, what are we, if not a Banana Republic?”; and “Soon, we won’t be allowed to use the word ‘Chicken’ during Paryushan. We’ll have to refer to it as ‘Chicks’, and end up offending feminists” to criticize the ban.

However, there are people who have reacted positively to the decision of banning meat and written: “How can we kill a helpless to feed ourself. Ban it forever and everywhere. #meatban.”

“Such an irony that asking not to kill or eat a living being is considered offensive #jains,” tweeted another supporter.

But the online community criticized such arguments, even alleging that those who defended the meat ban in the name of respecting religious sensibilities are more dangerous than fanatics.

Surprisingly, the people who were meant to benefit from the ban are not so happy with the ban.

“Even though I’m a vegetarian, I find #meatban to be a dictatorial decision> Why can’t it b (be) challenged in court instead of crying here?,” said one of the twitteratti.

Another reacted to it saying: “I am a #Jain I don’t eat meat. I DON’T support #meatban.”

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