December 22, 2006

Bull's Biltong

Satire — in the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, cinema — blasphemy in Da Vinci Code, and now the dinner — of a beef eating Brahmin!

A case was filed against former Test cricketer Ravi Shastri in a local court here for allegedly hurting the religious feelings of Hindus by reportedly eating beef during the India-South Africa Test match in Johannesburg...The case was filed [by Manoj Malpani of Bajrang Dal, Indore] under section 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief) and 298 (a) of the IPC, he said, adding the court has fixed January 5 for recording evidence in the case.

Soon, you can't breathe without offending someone's religious sentiments. If you are lucky, you'll be facing the judiciary. The less fortunate ones are forced to become fugitives running away from killer fatwas, or risk bankruptcy from their banned creations of art. If you are averse to eating anything but beef and potatoes, then you must starve to death.

The Indian Penal Code Section 295(a) may be the culprit in the Hindus' beef with Ravi Shastri, as Amit contends here. What about everything else from the Satanic Verses to Idomeneo? I am with Dawkins all the way. Religion is the scourge of humanity, and not its savior. What is worse, the fundamentalists are often the worst read in their own scriptures. Read this excerpt from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, a Hindu book of wisdom:

VI-iv-14: He who wishes that his son should be born fair, study one Veda and attain a full term of life, should have rice cooked in milk, and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then they would be able to produce such a son.

VI-iv-15: He who wishes that his son should be born tawny or brown, study two Vedas and attain a full term of life, should have rice cooked in curd, and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then they would be able to produce such a son.

VI-iv-16: He who wishes that his son should be born dark with red eyes, study three Vedas and attain a full term of life, should have rice cooked in water and he and his wife should eat with clarified butter. Then they would be able to produce such a son.

VI-iv-17: He who wishes that a daughter should be born to him who would be a scholar and attain a full term of life, should have rice cooked with sesame, and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then they would be able to produce such a daughter.

VI-iv-18: He who wishes that a son should be born to him who would be a reputed scholar, frequenting the assemblies and speaking delightful words, would study all the Vedas and attain a full term of life, should have rice cooked with the meat of a vigorous bull or one more advanced in years, and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then they would be able to produce such a son.

Who the heck is Malpani to object, if Ravi Shastri wanted to beget a scholar of all the Vedas by eating bull's biltong?

6 comments :
  1. idiots and this in a country where there are a hundred legitimate reasons for PIL and no one interested to do anything about them!

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  2. Forget about Malpani, why the eff did the court admit the case?

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  3. The moment Ravi Shastri said that he was eating beef, I knew that it was bound to build up a controversy, if not by the fundamentalists, then by the over-enthu news channels. Anyways these people are just trying to hog the limelight which is becoming more and more common in the country nowadays.

    The BDs wouldn't even know what biltong is if Shastri hadn't described it.

    I'm just hoping that the Jains of the country don't go up in arms. Eating potatoes, onions, garlic etc is forbidden in their religion. And by chance, if someone is seen eating a juicy vada pau on television, god help him. Mr. Ramadoss, are u listening. how about a blanket ban on these vegetables too?

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  4. To eat or not to eat beef, whether Hindu or not is an individual's choice. Only expectation is such person shall not preach vegetarianism or say that cow is sacred.
    www.mahabhagavatayb.blogspot.com

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  5. So people shitting in open, people smoking, people drinking, people eve~morning~night teasing girls/ladies, all of these things are not hurting anyone's any type of sentiments, I guess and they are behind the bulls and the pink chaddies :D
    May be my not bathing everyday will hurt someone's sentiments :D

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