— Falah Faisal (@falah619) September 21, 2015
After #MeatBan on Jain festival, this Bengaluru filmmaker launches petition to ban vegetables on Bakr-Eid
By Charnamrit Sachdeva
| Friday, September 25, 2015 - 17:10
BENGALURU: Meat ban in different parts of the country during a Jain festival this month has rattled many Muslims in India. To give a befitting response to the move, a Bengaluru based fillmaker Falal Faisal has launched an online petition that has created a stir on social media. Just ahead of Bakr-Eid, Falah has grabbed eyeballs by his petition where he has demanded to ban vegetables on the Muslim festival.
“I’d like to call for a ban across the country on vegetables of all kinds of Bakr-Eid. Because plants have feelings too,” Falah was quoted saying in a media report.
The filmmaker further argued that if Muslims were able to fast for a month during the month of Ramazan, then it should not be a big deal for the vegetarians to do it for a day.
“If you are someone who is a vegetarian who doesn’t eat anything but the offshoot of plants, I bet you can starve for a day. Fasting is good for you. We do it for a month every year,” he said, adding, “If the demand of banning vegetable consumption is unreasonable my alternative demand is that everyone in the country, irrespective of religious beliefs partakes in the consumption of mutton (biryani) on that day. You can come over to my house. I don't mind sharing. We have lots.”
As of now, 1, 444 people have supported the move and the man is just 56 more signs away from his goal.
What has actually caught the attention of the people is that a big number of vegetarian people have also endorsed the move initiated by Faisal as they feel that the beef ban that was imposed by the government is against the spirit of democracy.
Here is the complete text of the petition:
With the meat ban being enforced on us due to various religious reason, I think it is only rightful for us minorities to have a say. As a Muslim, I'd like to call for a ban across the country on vegetables of all kinds of Bakr-Eid (September 25,2015). Because plants have feelings too.
The prophet, Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his own son. I hope we all can give up eating vegetables for a day. Recent reports state that the levels of pesticide present in vegetables is on the rise, which means they are actually harmful for us.
If you are someone who is a vegetarian who doesn't eat anything but the offshoot of plants, I bet you can starve for a day. Fasting is good for you. We do it for a month every year.
You might ask what we might cook our meat with if not vegetables? Or that I might need mashed potatoes on the side of my steak. But it is only a day guys. I bet we can pull through. And think about it. If we don't eat vegetables for a day, we just have more on the next day. The ban provides for itself. It also gives the hardworking Indian farmers a day of much deserves rest.
Although, unlike other ban-chods I am willing to be reasonable and willing to make a compromise. If the demand of banning vegetable consumption is unreasonable my alternative demand is that everyone in the country, irrespective of religious beliefs partakes in the consumption of mutton (biryani) on that day. You can come over to my house. I don't mind sharing. We have lots."
The petition has been lodged on Change.org. This platform is a 'petition website' which is operated by Change.org, Inc, an American certified B Corporation. Change.org entertains petitions related to some important social topics like - economic and criminal justice, human rights, education, environmental protection, animals rights, health, and sustainable food.
Even as the filmmaker on Twitter maintained that this petition is a ‘political mischief’. Faisal has managed to capture major attention of the people.