Days after Mukhtar Hussain Naqvi, an Indian Minister, asked beef eaters to move to Pakistan, India’s Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju flared-up at his colleague saying that he eats beef and ‘nobody can stop him from doing so.’
“I eat beef. I’m from Arunachal Pradesh, can somebody stop me? So, let us not be touchy about somebody’s practices,” said Rijiju.
He justified his statement by saying that India is a democratic state. ‘Sometimes, some statements are made which are not palatable,’ he said referring to the statements made by Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Hussain Naqvi.
He was of the view that if a Mizo Christian says that this is the land of Jesus, ‘why should someone have a problem in Punjab or Haryana?’ He stressed that they have to respect the sentiments of each place and each locations.
Raising questions, Rijiju said that if Maharashtra is Hindu majority, or if Gujarat is Hindu majority, Madhya Pradesh is Hindu majority, if they are to make laws which are conducive to the Hindu faith, let them be.
“But in our place, in our state where we are majority, where we feel whatever steps we take, you know, laws which are conducive to our beliefs, it should be. So, they also should not have a problem with the way we live, and we also should not have a problem with the way they live,” he went on saying.
Justifying his statement, he said that India is a multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-communal state, and that ‘we must respect each other’s practices.’
Meanwhile, his statement is a sort of reaction for the statement made by Naqvi asking every beef lover to leave India.