If you thought the hue and cry over the meat ban in Uttar Pradesh are over, looks like the controversy is far from over. In a shocking announcement, Narendra Modi’s government has put a ban on leading Pizza brands including Domino’s and Pizza Hut and other local pizza chains on selling non-vegetarian pizzas during Navratri festival this year. Chaitra Navaratri 2017, the traditional nine-day Hindu festival which began on 28th March and continues till 5th April follows a strict vegetarian diet apart from Navratri fasting. Earlier, in the week protestors claiming to be from Shiv Sena shut more than 300 meat shops in Gurgaon’s Sector 14 including fast food chain KFC. The pizza chains have filed a petition before Supreme Court with the petition terming the Navratri 2017 ban imposed as “illegal and bad in law and perverse.”
This shocking ban on pizza joints like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, etc. comes right before the weekend and will disappoint many foodies who looked forward to enjoying some relishing cheese filled non-veg pizza. The most bizarre part of this ruling is the fact that Chaitra Navratri is not celebrated all over India at all. Infact, the festival, which is hugely popular and religiously followed in the north has hardly any presence in the south. In other words, the entire country has been forced to give up meat for a festival that is not even celebrated by half the population.
What is even more disturbing is that while Hindu festivals get such special treatment from the government, there are no rules around the fasting festivals of other religions like Ramadan in Muslims or Padhyushan in Jains. Our country needs its supply of juicy and delicious meat when the minority religion starves in the name of God, however, every time a Hindu festival is celebrated it becomes a mandate to to have special rules and regulations prioritizing the festival and create a buzz around it.
This ban on meat at pizzerias comes as a shock to not just people of other religion like Muslims, Christians, Parsis, but also to meat eating Hindus who enjoyed their chicken wings and pepperoni pizza at these places. While there have been instances of Pizza joints willingly avoiding serving meat during Navratri, this new ruling has angered the masses who cannot help but see through the hypocrisy. India is said to be a secular country, however, the rules and regulations that are being made often end up oppressing the minority religions. Be it the meat ban that was inflicted in Uttar Pradesh last year or the recent ban on slaughterhouses, eating non-veg of any kind has become a task of its own in out country.
Disclaimer: This article is 100% fake news. The sole purpose of this article was to make you a fool and we did not wish to hurt the sentiments of any Pizza lovers. Yes, you are now an April fool, but remember at least you have the pizza!