Arab Today, arab today india asks festival organisers to drop beef film
Last Updated : GMT 00:26:17
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

India asks festival organisers to drop beef film

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today India asks festival organisers to drop beef film

Documentary on the beef industry
New Delhi - AFP

The organisers of an Indian film festival said Friday the government had pressured them to drop a documentary on the beef industry, amid a heated debate about beef eating in the majority-Hindu country.

Officially secular India is the world's biggest exporter of beef, but the slaughter of cows -- which Hindus consider holy -- has long been contentious.

Organisers said the documentary, called "Caste on the Menu Card", was the sole film of 35 submitted to the Information and Broadcasting ministry they did not clear, ahead of the Friday opening of the Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival in New Delhi.

"They told us verbally to drop it as it's a controversial issue. The other 34 documentaries were granted certificates," said Avinash Chandra, one of the annual festival's organisers.

"When we asked them to provide a reason for not granting permission they said the documentary is on a contentious topic."

The beef issue has become particularly divisive in recent months, with one Muslim man lynched over false rumours that he had killed a calf for food.

Chandra said there was "nothing controversial" about the film, which looked at the beef industry in the western city of Mumbai -- home to a large Muslim community.

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra state, which recently toughened its laws on beef, in a move that hit the city's mainly Muslim-run slaughterhouses hard.

A ministry official contacted by AFP refused to comment on the move.

Most Indian states already ban the slaughter of cows, although many allow the killing of buffaloes -- whose meat Indians also call beef.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government has made no secret of its desire for a nationwide ban on beef.

But that would be unpopular with many Muslims and Christians as well as some lower-caste Hindus, for whom it is a relatively cheap source of protein.

The issue has become hugely divisive in india.

This week the editor of the government magazine in the northern state of Haryana was reportedly fired for publishing an article on the health benefits of beef.

And in New Delhi, police were called to investigate a canteen run by the state government of Kerala after a member of a Hindu group complained that it served beef.

The meat turned out to be buffalo, which is legal in the Indian capital.

Critics say that Hindu extremists have been emboldened by Modi's failure to speak out against violent incidents such as the murder last month of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was beaten to death last month over unsubstantiated rumours he had eaten beef.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today india asks festival organisers to drop beef film Arab Today, arab today india asks festival organisers to drop beef film

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'

GMT 11:59 2017 Friday ,24 March

Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes

GMT 08:35 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes

GMT 08:34 2017 Tuesday ,07 March

'Logan' claws way to top of box office

GMT 17:45 2017 Monday ,06 March

Raging against a dying light

GMT 17:40 2017 Monday ,06 March

‘Commando 2: The Black Money Trail’

GMT 14:48 2017 Monday ,06 March

'Logan' claws way to top of box office

GMT 11:39 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

'Lego Batman' spanks 'Fifty Shades Darker' at box office
View News in Arabic - Culture: أفلام عربية
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Renault Trezor wins design award

GMT 11:56 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Renault Trezor wins design award
Arab Today, arab today Merna Waleed praises her work with Soad Hosni

GMT 07:03 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

Merna Waleed praises her work with Soad Hosni
Arab Today, arab today 2017 already marked

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 07:12 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Donia Abdel Aziz participates in "Game of Silence"

GMT 22:00 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Number of unwedded girls amounts to 2.5m

GMT 10:34 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 07:38 2017 Friday ,24 March

Pass health bill Friday or he'll move on

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

US, Britain ban laptops on flights

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday