A few days ago, Chennai Police booked Jain shop owner under sections 153 (provocation to cause riot), 153A, 505 (inciting commission of an offence against another community) and 295A (insult against a class of people) of the IPC, for advertising that they sell only Dharmik food made by Jains and employ no Muslim staff.
The overreach of Chennai Police, which booked the shop owner in unrelated charges, generated huge outrage on Twitter and other social media platforms. People started juxtaposing the advertisement by Jain shop owner with Halal certification images to point out the discrimination faced by non-Muslim community.
A private business has the right to decide who s/he employs. But as we rarely care about the rights of a private business or property, let me ask what we all understand well: Why such hounding of a person belonging to a micro minority community? https://t.co/29FI5xTsxL
— Me (@semubhatt) May 10, 2020
This has forced Subramanian Swamy, the fighter of the Hindu cause, to start a campaign to ask for Dharmik food certification on the lines of Halal certification. His protégé, Ishkaran Singh Bhandari, has written to food ministry to allow Dharmik Certificate, as Article 14 gives ‘Right to Equality’ to all citizens of the country.
“Ishkaran has written to food ministry that since HALAL CERTIFICATION is allowed, so should “Dharmik Certified” be allowed for food made Sanatan Dharma norms. We have a test case of Chennai Police sealing a Hindu shop for declaring “dharmic” food only. Art 14 case,” tweeted Swamy.
Ishkaran has written to food ministry that since HALAL CERTIFICATION is allowed, so should “Dharmik Certified” be allowed for food made Sanatan Dharma norms.
We have a test case of Chennai Police sealing a Hindu shop for declaring “dharmic” food only. Art 14 case.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 11, 2020
Bhandari did a 15 minute video, in which he argued that since the government has allowed Halal Certification, Dharmik certified food also needs to be allowed.
Halal Certified allowed by Govt. Now allow “Dharmik Certified “ for Sattvik food by Sanatan Dharmahttps://t.co/DRaWLacSVa
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) May 12, 2020
Recently, shopkeepers were arrested in Bihar and Jharkhand for displaying saffron flag and Hindu certification respectively.
Hindu fruit sellers in Jharkhand were harassed by the Police for writing on the banners fixed to their stalls, the words: Vishwa Hindu Parishad ki anumodit Hindu fal Dukan (Hindu fruit shop approved by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad). Again, they were charged frivolously by the state police.
In Bihar’s Nalanda, an FIR was lodged against Hindus for displaying saffron flags on their shops. They were charged under Sections 147 (rioting), 149 unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience), 153A (promoting enmity between religions), 295A (malicious act to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC, and Section 66 of the IT Act.
Religious certification of food products is becoming a big issue in India, as extremist Muslims are monopolizing the regulation of non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian food through Halal certification. Now even companies like Patanajali are forced to take Halal certification from various Muslims certification bodies, which charge hefty money ranging from 500 rupees to 5,000 rupees per food product.
Previously, multinational fast food chain McDonald’s was caught in a fix after the company had declared that they only serve Islamic Halal certified foods in India. This declaration coming from the food chain had unsettled consumers from several communities who either had reservation against the painful and inherently exclusionist Halal technique or had other religious compulsions.
Even then, the earlier mentioned lawyer Bhandari has served a legal notice to the multinational for this exclusionary and discriminatory practice.
Muslim community has already monopolized the non-vegetarian food industry and forced lower caste and lower class of Hindus to go unemployed. Now even vegetarian food units are being asked to get Halal certification if they want a smooth run without a boycott from Muslims, despite the fact all vegetarian food is halal (pure) as per Quran. In a country where majority of the consumers are non-Muslims, Halal food is being forced down their throat, thanks to cartelization, fundamentalism, and unity of Muslims.
Until and unless this discriminatory practice is dealt with asking for similar certification for Hindu shop owners and consumers like Dharmik certificate, the halal economy and monopolization of food industry by Muslims would not stop.