After opposing beef, Jairam Ramesh finds ally in VHP

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS): Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has found an unlikely ally in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The VHP has thrown its weight behind Ramesh after he blamed consumption of beef as a reason behind global warming.

VHP Spokesperson Vinod Bansal tweeted: "Wish Congress and its allies listened to this important advice of Shri Jairam Ramesh. Then, both Gaumata and the country would have been safe!!"

Backing Ramesh, VHP's Bansal claimed: "He had raised the same voice in a UN forum in 2009 too. He said that 'The solution to cut emissions is to stop eating beef'."

This statement comes against the backdrop of the former Union Environment Minister advocating a turn to becoming vegetarian in order to check global warming. Ramesh warned: "If you want to do something for global warming, become a vegetarian. Because I think the beef industry has been a huge culprit in global warming."

He argued that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is lower than that of a non-vegetarian diet.

The Congress has never taken such a strong anti-beef stand in public. In fact, in 2017, Youth Congress leader Rijil Makkutty, along with two others, were alleged to have caught slaughtering an ox in public view in Kerala. It was a mark of protest against the Centre banning sales of cattle for slaughter.



Comment on this article

  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    Hindu liberals using science selectively to back their cultural prejudices gives aid to the Sanghis. The spectrum runs from the Hindu liberal to the cow vigilante.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Why only beef, include chicken and mutton as well! Will my hindu brothers give up their chicken kabab, kori rotti, butter chicken, mutton masala, biryani, and chicken sukka? Probably

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Plant saplings and grow trees and reduce global warming. Forget all this beef and mutton nonsense. The government should make it mandatory to grow trees. Cutting down of trees should be stopped.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Beef and other animals flesh eating as food is older than the civilization itself. Global warming is a normal natural phenomenon but it has been accelerated by burning fossil fuel and emission from factories, untreated sewage and vehicles burning fuel. But eating beef alone can not be significant rise in global warming rather it is natural than synthetic and chemical wastage, emissions and disposal.

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  • Abdul Rafiq, Dubai

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    Question is how will our politicians control lions, tigers, crocodiles, pythons etc from stop eating wild animals including beef. How will the VHP make them purely vegetarian ...and please their upper caste masters.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Jairam Ramesh is free to join BJP as he was only a piece of Furniture ...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    You mean to say if he is in congress should talk only to satisfy family????

    Or in congress no freedom of speech????

    Or bein in congress means u cant tell truth?

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    India exported 1.63 million metric tons of beef and stands at 2nd highest exported in the world.
    Shouldn't this be banned by saffron ruling party ???????????
    Do Bajrangdal, VHP dare to protest against such massive killings of cattle each and every day ????

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  • smr, Karkala

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    If consumption of beef as a reason behind global warming, then Vishwa Hindu Parishad should immediately write PM Modi and Ministry of trade to seize all exports from India which makes largest 'beef exporter' of the world.
    If won't be much difficult for VHP that is a sister organisation of the parent RSS of the ruling BJP.

    Let's see the voice of Congress ex-minister implemented by PM Mod's center government.

    Jai Hind

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Old slogans are repeating to divert the CAA NRC NPR issue.
    Beef cow
    After someday Ram Mandir

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  • John, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    PM should inform this important findings with Trump when he visits India

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