The Politics of Food Culture: The Holy Cow and The Unholy Swine

The New Materialists

The Brahminical left in this campus (JNU) in the name of secularism supports every religion instead of critiquing it. As Marx said, "Religion is the opium of the masses": the Indian Parliamentary left comfortably forgets this for their vote banks of Majority Hindus and Minority Muslims. Secularism is not supporting all religions but not supporting any religion. It is not celebrating Durga Pooja and participating in Iftar parties, as the Indian Parliamentary left as well as the bourgeois parties do.

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The three pillars which support the caste system are Brahminism, Religion, and the concept of God, but the Indian parliamentary left is satisfied with attacking only caste atrocities and, upto an extent, attacking Brahminism for the sake of raising slogans.

Why pork is not available inside the JNU campus, even in North East Dhaba? The Brahminical left in this campus is scared of losing minority muslim vote banks in their politics. On the other hand they only bring up AFSPA and Irom Sharmila during the period of elections to show their support to North East as an eye wash and to get votes. But did they do anything literally to save the culture of North East as well as other parts of India inside this campus? Eating pork, and also beef, is one of the integral cultural practices of North East except in the brahminised regions.

If JNU campus is a multicultural campus why is only one particular culture hegemonizing the other Indian cultures with the support of the Brahminical mainstream Indian Left? The question of beef and pork eating is not only an issue of right to food but also one of an inexpensive food with high protein content for the working classes.

None of the Indian peasants want to kill their cows when it is profitable by way of giving milk. When the cow becomes old and useless, they cannot simply maintain it as it is unaffordable to them. That is when they sell it for butchering, not like in the western countries which grow cows only for their meat. Farmers, Dalits, Backward castes and the urban poor today prefer to eat inexpensive beef rather than go for vegetables, pulses and mutton at skyrocketing prices. Denying these people's right to go for cheap food is literal Fascism.

Indra, the God of Rig Veda, had eaten tons of beef according to many hymns. The author of Ramayana, Valmiki, welcomed his guests by offering beef. The four Vedas said that the cow killed in 'Goumedha yagya' is sacred and should be shared among Brahmins irrespective of their status. Brahmins can eat the meat of the cow which was killed in the Yagya for the welfare of the world. Yagnyavalkya, mouthwateringly, describes the taste of young cow meat.

So before banning the cow slaughter and the beef eating, the four Vedas, Ramayana, puranas and Manu smiriti should be banned, because of their campaigning for beef eating. Due to Brahmins who demanded cows as a sacrificial fee (dakshina) and cow slaughtering Yagyas, the agriculture in ancient India was about to fade. Thus Buddhism and Jainism came up against the Brahminic and Vedic rituals, and this is the reason for the celebration of both religions by the common people.

Both religions were anti Brahminic and argued for vegetarianism. Brahminism eventually digested not only both the religions but also stole the concept of vegetarianism. Even today Kashmiri, Bengali and Deccani Brahmins eat non-vegetarian diet. There is a reason why the Brahminical forces today oppose beef eating. The Panchamas or the outcastes who lived outside the villages were commissioned and forced to eat the dead cows and do the menial jobs. On this basis they were discriminated in the name of birth and profession.

Now brahminical forces are using beef eating as a weapon against muslim minorities also. One can say that in the politics of cow, RSS has taken more tolls of human heads than the number of cows which were killed.

In the evolution of man from animal to human being, the non-vegetarian diet helped a lot in the development of brain and body. In today's world, except the Brahmins and the upper caste Hindus, the entire world is having beef and not only beef but whatever animal available. For example camel, dog, goat, rabbit etc are eaten according to the geographical climatic conditions as well as availability. There is no hierarchy between various kinds of non-vegetarian food.

The Indian upper caste Brahmin goes to Chicago city in US for computer jobs, where everyday thousands of cows are slaughtered for beef. Can the Hindu right wing forces ban the migration of Hindus to America? When cow is sacred and holy then what about fish, cock, goat? Lord Vishnu had appeared as the incarnation of a fish, cock was the vehicle of Lord Subramanyan and goats were reared by Krishna along with cows. When beef eating is prohibited, how can caste Hindu and Brahmins wear slippers made of cow skin? Even the god himself agreed to eat the flesh of a child, in Tamil saivite legends; what is the problem in eating beef?

When there is hatred against muslims and discrimination against the dalits, progressive people, who oppose both discrimination in the name of caste and religion and aim to destroy the caste system, should develop the habit of eating and cooking beef in their homes. If the cow is so holy and 33 crore gods are supposedly living in the body of the cow, why the hell are Dalits asked to carry the dead body of cow and bury it? Why don't the gods who live on the earth (the Brahmins), the Sankaracharyas, the RSS and Sangh parivar members do it themselves?

Protest against the ban of cow slaughter and beef eating in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka!!!

There is no god. There is no god. There is no god at all. He who created god was a fool! He who propagates god is a scoundrel! He who worships god is a barbarian!! Forget God!!! Think about Man!!!

- Periyar E.V.Ramasamy

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