Round Table India
Akunuri Murali, District Collector of Bhupalpally in Telangana, echoed the views of a major section of the Bahujans when he critiqued the dietary practices imposed by Brahminical culture, at a public meeting organised on the occasion of World TB day in the district, saying they led to a deterioration in the health of the people, especially the SC/STs. He was particularly harsh on those who take up Ayyappa and Anjaneya (Hanuman) malas (ritual vows) and follow Brahminical rules of avoiding meat. The Brahminical media and civil society were quick to take offense, called the speech 'controversial', and launched a protest campaign against the collector. The following is a transcript of key parts of his speech:
If you feel that meat is becoming expensive, there are forests nearby to you, you can happily catch the wild boars and eat them. It is very important.
SCs, STs – we are all those who eat 'big' meat (beef). But in recent times, this disgusting culture called Brahminical culture has descended upon us – I am saying this because it is the reality – telling us that we should not eat beef, and all sorts of other cock and bull stories, and making us stop.