A Malayali cultural organisation based in Germany’s Frankfurt was allegedly asked to take down beef curry from its menu prepared for a food festival after some Hindu groups raised objections against serving cow meat.
The Kerala Samajam Frankfurt (KSF) was asked by the Consulate General of India to revise their menu for the festival called ‘Indien Fest - Unity in Diversity’ so that the “event could be held without any incidents”.
Indien Fest - Unity in Diversity was organised by the Consulate General of India in Frankfurt, along with Indian associations representing different Indian states on Saturday, 31 August.
During the fest, a few people raised objection over beef curry on KSF’s menu. In a Facebook post, the organisation said they complied with CGI’s request to revise their menu “to maintain peace and harmony and above all, to uplift the core value of INDIA -- UNITY IN DIVERSITY”.
The fest which witnessed participation from nearly 20,000 people including members of the Indian community as well as local Germans and expats, had asked organisations to present common delicacies of each state.
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According to the post, KSF prepared the menu “based on the common food interests of Kerala and its people”.
The cultural organisation said “when some people with vested interests raised objection and threatened to make ruckus during the event, CGI Frankfurt kindly requested us to revise our menu so that the event could be held without any incidents”.
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A petition “Save Culture of COW PROTECTION in Indian NRI Circles & Festivities” was also started on change.org was started by a Sima Hindu.
BACKLASH ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Although the official page of KSF said the menu was revised to maintain peace and harmony, many have taken to social media platforms to express their discontent over the incident.
Donny George, one of participants from KSF group, in a Facebook post, alleged that the objections were raised by the members of Viswa Hindu Parishad.
The KSF and George clarified that there was no ruckus and the group simply staged a silent protest after they agreed to revise the menu on CGI’s request.
പടരുന്ന അസഹ്ഷ്ണുത ... ഇന്ത്യൻ കോൺസുലേറ്റ് ഫ്രാങ്ക്ഫുർട് സംഘടിപ്പിച്ച ഇന്ത്യൻ ഫെസ്റ്റിനോടനുബന്ധിച്ചു വലതു പക്ഷ തീവ്ര...Posted by Donny George on Sunday, September 1, 2019
A report by The New Indian Express also alleged Vishva Hindu Parishad members objected to the beef curry in KSF menu.
Plato Pathrose, a member of the Malayali community in Germany wrote in a Facebook post that “Hindu religion teaches to accept other people and to live together in peace. It is not allowing to create division in the name of caste or religion or the food you eat.” He also condemned the petition.
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PRESSURE TO REVISE MENU?
According to The New Indian Express report, one of the members of the Samajam confessed that they were forced to revise their menu.
"KSF was vehemently put under pressure to alter our already published food Menu and was asked to remove beef from this list. Ultimately, we succumbed to the pressure to avoid a law and order situation in the city. The reason stated was that the sale of meat of holy cow is a direct attack against Indian culture," he told The New Indian Express on condition of anonymity.
Following the removal of the dish, a section of Samajam members boycotted the event and protested with placards about unity in diversity and freedom to eat the food of one's choosing.
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