Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Thursday said that Muslims have to stop eating beef if they wanted to live in India, a media report said. Commenting on the lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob in Dadri village of Uttar Pradesh, Khattar told Indian Express newspaper that “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef” because “the cow is an article of faith here”. Khattar also blamed Mohammd Ikhlaq who was lynched by the mob after false rumours that he had eaten beef. “Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko. Yahan ki manyata hai gau (Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef. The cow is an article of faith here),” Khattar said. 61-year-old Khattar, who has had a nearly four-decade association with the RSS, described the Dadri incident as the “result of a misunderstanding” and said “both sides” had committed wrongs. “It should not have happened – from both sides. The victim made a “halki tippani (loose comment) about the cow which hurt the sentiments of people who subsequently attacked him. But I say that attacking and killing the person was also wrong,” Khattar said. He said that Muslims and Christians wouldn’t be going against their faith if they don’t eat beef. “They can be Muslim even after they stop eating beef, can’t they? It is written nowhere that Muslims have to eat beef, not is it written anywhere in Christianity that they have to eat beef,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch