MUMBAI: Different communities live together in this ‘cosmopolitan city’. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, boasts of diverse cultures and communities united, however, going by the recent decision announced by civic body of the city, a case of communal discrimination can still be sensed. 
 
Giving in to the demands raised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and Jain organizations, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned meat in Mumbai for four days during the Jain fasting season of Paryushan. While the BMC usually restricts slaughter and sale of meat for two days during Paryushan, this year it enforced the four-day ban across Mumbai.  
 
The ban comes days after the BJP ruled Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation banned the sale of meat for eight days at the time of the fasting season and months after the ban on cow slaughter and subsequently on beef products.
 
Speaking on the same, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “Jains are a backbone of our Hindu society and there is no harm in getting vegetarian for them for few days. In my opinion, non-vegetarian food is unhealthy and brings a lot of diseases. We obviously cannot force anyone to turn vegetarian but certainly can suggest people to be one.”
 
Even though it is only for few days (specific dates from September 11 – 18), the move is being criticized majorly in many circles for its religious drive. The decision was sure to not go too well with the Indian Twitterati, be it meat lovers or not.  
 
Soon after the decision as announced, #meatban was trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter across the country and was amongst the top trends in India on Tuesday. 
 
Let’s take a look on how people are responding to the latest decision on #meatban:
 

First Published | 8 September 2015 12:24 PM
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