If you are a non-vegetarian, I am sure you have licked your fingers clean after having this ever-so sumptuous dish – Beef! We totally love it and cannot do without it.
But of course, how can you expect the government to approve of something we love?
Suddenly realising the importance of protecting cattle, particularly cows, President Pranab Mukherjee has given his consent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, which was first passed when the BJP Shiv-Sena was in power (1995).
Which in layman language means that you can now be jailed for having beef. Yes, you read that right. If you are caught sneaking in some beef, you will have to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000 with five years in prison.
As always, this bizarre decision invited a lot of angry and witty reactions on Twitter. Here are a few:
@rameshsrivats And the poor water Buffalo is thinking “gayi bhains paani me”— Hardik Vyas (@HardikVyas04) March 3, 2015
Dear Govt, Question: What if the cows want to fall in love with same sex cows? What about a bull saying behench** in a film? Still banned?— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 3, 2015
Too bad cows can’t tweet their point of view in response to the outrage about the #BeefBan .— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) March 3, 2015
Dear Paneer….you may have won the battle……..— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 3, 2015
I always thought that if the BJP would want to ban a food item the first thing it would ban would be – Lotus Stem! #BeefBan— Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) March 3, 2015
#BeefBan – solving pertinent issues in the state since 2015.— Priya MelodraMalik (@OMGPriyaMalik) March 3, 2015
Meanwhile, chickens go ‘Nobody loves me. And to think I needlessly kept crossing the road for these stupid ungrateful humans’ #BeefBan— Anjali Lukose (@anjali_lukose) March 3, 2015
Abandoned cows and bulls in India however continue to have the right to wander around eating plastic packets from garbage dumps. #Beefban— ranjona banerji (@ranjona) March 3, 2015
Anyone thinks that the #BeefBan could develop into a maas movement?— Babaji Ka Ulloo (@CARTRUENS) March 3, 2015