New Delhi (Sputnik) — India's newly appointed Minister for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam has said that the Indian government does not intend to lift the ban on consumption of beef in many states of the federation. The statement has sparked a fresh debate over whether it is right on the government's part to dictate food habits in the multi-ethnic country. India receives close to eight million foreign tourists every year. "They [tourists] can eat beef in their own country and come here. This is a cock-and-bull story," said the tourism minister when asked by a journalist whether restrictions on beef consumption would affect India's tourism sector. #BREAKING — Tourism Minister remains defiant over beef remark, speaking to News18 he said, “People don’t come to India to eat beef” pic.twitter.com/0LFMyw2kj9 — News18 (@CNNnews18) September 8, 2017 Ironically, the newly inducted minister of Narendra Modi led government is a resident of the southern state of Kerala where beef is consumed by non-Hindu and well as the Hindu community. Moreover, on the day of assuming charge as tourism minister, Kannanthanam had strongly advocated people's right to choose food. "The people of each place will decide what they want to eat," he had said. © AP Photo / Rajesh Kumar Singh Muslims Beaten to Death by Hindu Mob Over Alleged Cow Theft Certain Indian states including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh… Read full this story
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