While we strongly support and believe that ahimsa is a good philosophy to adhere and maintain in our lifestyle， but nowadays certain conservative religious parties have taken up this philosophy extremely strongly and are almost forcefully imposing it on us. And these acts are unfortunately being backed by political parties and also the state and have gradually begun to dictate the diet charts of the common Indian man.
While Jains completely avoid food that is prepared from causing injury to any animal or living form, even excluding food items grown underground the earth, Hindus do not have such strict restrictions on food as per their holy scribes.
A Brahmin in Uttar Pradesh may follow a purely vegan diet, on the other hand, it is almost impossible to find a Bengali Brahmin in West Bengal who does not consume fish. But recently there have been states in India who have put a ban on processing cow meat almost creating a controversy in the country wherein Muslim population have reacted against this as they see this something against their religion.
While many may agree that is it completely undemocratic on the part of the country’s legislature to take up such a step banning only one particular meat, but pragmatists who have looked into the issue have found the real reason is to sustain the pillar of our nation’s agriculture i.e. cattle, which cows form a major part and also to maintain sustainability of water.