The Pot Simmers: Beef Politics in UP; Beef Festival in Kerala
Known for its love for beef, Kerala protested against the Dadri incident in a beefy way.
New Delhi: Even as politicians are busy adding fuel to the Dadri fire, students in Kerala have decided to 'protest' Akhlaq's lynching by holding beef festivals in college campuses in the state.
The joyous events had students sharing a hearty meal of beef curry and bread. All those present in and around the campus were invited to the occasion which had a festive air to it.
The first such event was held at Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur on October 1. Conducted by CPI-M's student wing SFI, the event later led to trouble after ABVP activists reached the scene.
Six students were suspended by the college management as the institution has a long standing rule against non-veg food inside the campus – the college is managed by the Cochin Devaswom Board.
But that was not the end of Kerala style protest on beef.
Next, students of Ernakulam's Maharaja's College took up the issue, and this time it was Congress' student wing KSU that took the lead.
The scene was similar – happy faces eating beef as a mark of protest! A bunch of girls was even seen clicking selfies with plates of beef curry in their hand.
KSU leader Mohammed Rafi said, “KSU has conducted a beef festival...it is to protest against growing fascist elements in our country.”
Referring to the killing of Akhlaq, he added that fascist elements are active not just in northern parts of the country but also in Kerala.
He also slammed the management of Thrissur's Sree Kerala Varma College for suspending students who held a 'secular' beef festival.