Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
You know what I was reminded of when I read this question? I was reminded of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Remember the hullabaloo when he was elected as president? It seemed like all of America had lost their minds. Everyone seemed to be hating him big time. Everyone seemed to be out on the streets protesting against him. It seemed like he was some kinda conqueror who had usurped the ‘throne’ and that the people of America were rising up in arms against him. But we all know that he was elected. Who elected him? America did. So this means that a majority (however small the margin may be) of the country elected him as President. And those people are simply maintaining a dignified silence. Those who are protesting are ONLY the ones who didn’t vote for him. This isn’t rocket science. I’m not going into the backstage politics that people talk about. At the end of the day, he’s ‘President Trump’ and that’s about it.
Now if you look at the uproar in Kerala against the beef ban, there’s a similar scenario. The ones who are creating mayhem are only those who want to eat beef. It looks like ‘all of Kerala’ is united in the matter of beef. But that’s not so. There are just as many who don’t agree to all this. But instead of coming out on the streets and shouting slogans saying that ‘we won’t allow cow slaughter’, like any typical Malayali, they prefer to sit in the comfort of their homes and just watch the fiasco unfold on TV. They’d be like so…
(Only Malayalis would ‘get’ what this image means 😛 )
They don’t see the need to announce to the world what they are going to do. Yeah, you can actually do stuff without announcing it to the world, you see. If they don’t eat beef, that’s their business. What’s the point in advertising it? It’s really none of anyone’s business. Are they affected by the issue? Nope. Should they protest against something that is not affecting them directly? Nope. Do they consider themselves as the ambassadors of the Hindu faith? Nope. Why? Because they have enough problems and issues to sort out at their own homes rather than go around moral policing society. They have a family to feed. They have professional issues. Their car needs repairing. The telephone bills need to be settled. The kids need to go to good colleges. Will they be bothered about all these things, or will they be bothered about what another person is eating or not eating? Duh!