Industrialist Adi Godrej said that the measures such as prohibition and beef ban are hurting the economy, and presented his concern over controversial issues that have become political flashpoints.
The comments by the chairman of the Godrej group of companies come after the right-wing Hindu groups forcing for a beef ban in the entire country, for which critics are saying that this attack on freedom of choice is discriminate against communities who consume the low-cost meat.
In an interview to Indian Express, “Some of the things are affecting growth, for example, the ban on beef in some states. (This) is clearly affecting agriculture, affecting rural growth. Because, what do you do with all these extra cows? It is also affecting business, because this was a good source of income for many farmers. So that’s a negative.”
Godrej further stated that Indians were beef-eaters in Vedic times and Hinduism is nothing against cow meat.
“It is a practice that evolved over years of drought, and the elders said don’t slaughter cows, preserve them for milk for children. That has turned into a religious belief. This is ridiculous,” Godrej added.
He termed “good judgment” to the verdict of Bombay high court over beef eating in Maharastra.
“It’s silly to say that possession of meat, which is eaten all over the world, is a crime,” he said.
Over the prohibition issue, he said “In order to win elections and get women’s votes, some states are doing that. Bihar has brought prohibition. Kerala has brought prohibition. Prohibition is bad for the economy. It’s bad for social structure, for drinking doesn’t reduce. It gives rise to bad liquor, and then mafia.”