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Maharashtra is Butchering Democracy with its Meat Bans (DailyO)

People of this great state are evidently being asked to give up their freedom quite systematically, one animal at a time…..

It was serendipitous that I turned vegetarian earlier this year. I did not know then that in months to follow the Devendra Fadnavis government would thrust a vegetarian diet on me anyway.

This was a good decision in hindsight because I prefer renouncing things willingly of my own volition rather than have them taken away from me. My “born again” vegetarian self watched the right to eat or sell beef within the state revoked with a feeling that at best be described as a yeasty combination of irritation and mild contempt.

Recently when the sceptre of meat ban, out of consideration for the Jain community during Paryushan threatened to cast its shadow on my non-vegetarian brethren in the state, I realised that the road from here was only downhill. People of this great state of Maharashtra were evidently being asked to give up their freedom quite systematically, one animal at a time.

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