Sunday, October 18, 2015

Beef row an ‘artificial crisis’, Indian Muslims don’t eat cow meat: Mark Tully

Arvind Chauhan,TNN

Agra: Renowned veteran journalist Mark Tully today called the controversy over beef that has taken centrestage in the country a "manufactured" issue and an "artificial crisis", adding that very few Indian Muslims ate cow meat in any case.

Tully, who has covered major landmarks in Indian history during his stint with the BBC, from Indo-Pak conflicts to the Bhopal gas tragedy and Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi's assassination and its aftermath, said, "I have been living in the Nizamuddin area in Delhi for more than a decade, in what is the national capital's most densely populated Muslim area, but never came across any Muslim who preferred to eat cow meat."

Commenting on the peace-loving nature of Indians, Tully said, "There are communities who eat the flesh of canines, but they respect the sentiments of people like me, who are animal or dog lovers. Similarly, Muslims in India too respect the sentiments of other communities and avoid food cultures which may hurt others."

Condemning the Dadri lynching incident, Tully said, "The entire incident was based on a rumour and the Indian government should bring justice to the victims, while media should bring nothing more than truth."

Tully was in Agra for the SAARC Nations ​Summit organized by Folklore Research Academy (Amritsar) to give a lecture on challenges before South Asia and the role of India and Pakistan. Speaking to the audience of nearly 600 in which Steve Jacob, Pankaj Pachauri, Bangladeshi journalist Munni Shah, Suba Rao, Qamar Agha,​ Jatin Desai and many more writers, journalists and activists from SAARC nations were present, Tully said, "Conflicts between two nations can only be solved ​by ​public diplomacy, in which citizens are given the right to decide."

Responding to a question on the recent incident in Mumbai, in which members of the Shiv Sena attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni and smeared his face with black ink, Tully said, "It was a disgraceful act ​and brought shame to a country which is known for its tolerance and unity in diversity."

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He added that the post-Emergency period, after the 1977 elections, was the best period for India and Morarji Desai was one of the many good prime ministers he had come across.

1 comment:

Brave Girl said...

Shameful incident Agra College Agra
A girl who was suffering from chicken pox she dare to give exam on 20th May 2016. We all appreciate this, but knowing this you all feel shame that a teacher of Agra College, Agra refused her to give exam and told her if you give exam he will burn her exam copy. After insisting him a lot of time he allowed her to give an exam at outside of the classroom. The girl gave the exam at outside of the classroom, but she did not get even a single glass of water. What is going on Agra college Agra, where is there humanities. If that girl belongs to your sister or daughter does he do this.

A very shameful incide