do south indian hindu eat beef

Some scholars state that the Hindu views on cattle slaughter and beef eating is caste-based, while other scholars disagree. Dalit Hindus who eat beef state the former, while those who don’t state that the position of Dalit Hindus on cattle slaughter is ambiguous.

‘Beef season’ has become an annual event in India’s calendar in recent times. Every time our liberals/rationalists/humanists/activists imagine or perceive a slight from the Union government regarding their dietary preferences, they proceed to slaughter cows, calves, bulls, oxes wholesale. Beef festivals are organized and attempts made to convince the world that beef is an integral part of regional dietary customs. Congress goons took ‘Beef season’ to another level when they slaughtered a hapless calf before a crowd composed of men, women and even children. Once the calf had been butchered in cold blood, its meat was cooked and distributed. Once again, plans are afoot to organize Beef festivals in different parts of the country. There is a concerted attempt to show that the cow carries no sentimental or religious attachments in the Southern part of the country as against the North, where Cow is worshipped as a mother. The latest Beef agitations are over a Union government order that seeks to regulate sale of cattle. There is a clear attempt by demonstrators to pit the cow as a North vs South issue. Breaking India forces at work have already let loose #dravidnadu on Twitter.

Dravida Nadu or Dravidistan is not a new word in India’s lexicon. Periyar and his Dravidar Kazhgam and later on the DMK harboured ideas on breaking free from India under a supposed Dravida identity. The so-called Dravida Nadu was to be composed of the modern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh-Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Some proponents believed Maharashtra and even Odisha should be a part of Dravida Nadu. The movement turned out to be a damp squib. There are several reasons for its failure. firstly, the other South Indian states were afraid of Tamil hegemony in the name of Dravida Nadu. Secondly, the Kannada/Telugu/Malayalam speakers did not share Periyar’s enthusiasm for anti-Brahminism and his anti-Hindi agitations. Thirdly, in the aftermath of 1962 Indo-China war, Nehru had made secessionism illegal and lastly because the DMK realized that the lesser it touted its Dravidistan credentials, the more political acceptance it gained. Other than this brief attempt to force Dravida Nadu upon the Southern parts of India, historically, there has never been an mutually exclusive/hostile South/North Indian divide.

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Kerala beef fry. Photo by the author. Beef fry dosa. Photo by the author.

It now seems that anti-nationals in the South want to create a Dravida Nadu to satisfy their dietary preferences.

Hindus in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh/Telangana do not have a history of beef consumption and their culinary preferences and taboos mirror those of the North closely. In fact, Kerala followed the same trend till the 80s and 90s, when influences from Gulf trickled down in Kerala and gradually erased the taboo around beef consumption. This combined with long spells of Communist rule that viciously attacked Hindu beliefs as superstitions and pandering to minority votebanks created an aura of acceptability around cow slaughter and beef consumption. A lot of this also has to do with demographics. Hindus in Kerala are a small majority over Muslims and Christians who do not share the Hindu sensibilities on cows. That having been said, the jury is still out whether beef is a staple food item in Kerala. It is fair to say that far from mobilizing masses in favour of Dravida Nadu, beef parties serve to help political parties burnish their credentials and consolidate their vote banks.

A North India vs South India narrative has in the past been wildly successful in Tamil Nadu, where the DMK owes its popularity to the Aryan-Dravidian clash myth. That the myth has been repeatedly debunked is of no importance to those beating their chests about it because it is a Goeblessian lie that serves its purpose well.

Some scholars state that the Hindu views on cattle slaughter and beef eating is caste-based, while other scholars disagree. Dalit Hindus who eat beef state the former, while those who don’t state that the position of Dalit Hindus on cattle slaughter is ambiguous.


Is beef allowed in South India?

There is no state ban on beef in West Bengal, Kerala, and North-Eastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim. In most states, cow slaughtering is declared illegal; for example, in Tamil Nadu, cow slaughtering is banned by up to 3 years in jail and a Rs.

Is it OK for a Hindu to eat beef?

All of India’s most widely practiced religions have dietary laws and traditions. For example, Hindu texts often praise vegetarianism, and Hindus may also avoid eating beef because cows are traditionally viewed as sacred. Muslim teachings, meanwhile, prohibit pork.

Does South India eat meat?

South Indian Ingredients With tons of fruits, vegetables, and seafood to choose from, you’ll notice South Indian cuisines are more often vegetarian or pescatarian-based. You can still find many meat dishes, but if you’re dining on the coast, we recommend you indulge in the rich seafood that surrounds you.

Do they eat beef in Kerala?

Kerala beef fry is most commonly eaten with kerala porotta, whereas in some parts such as Thrippunithura, the dish has been combined with pazham pori and has become a very popular combo in the region.

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