Public to govts: it's a free country, let us choose what to eat
It has become a trend in BJP-ruled and co-ruled states to implement meat bans in various forms.
In Maharashtra, it has taken the form of a ban on beef and then, a blanket meat ban for eight days to honour the Jain festival of Paryushan.
This example has been followed by other states too, including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Haryana has also banned beef, like Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, in Jammu and Kashmir, ruled by the PDP-BJP coalition, the High Court has upheld a nearly century-old ban on beef, and asked the police to crack down on the trade of bovine meat.
A lot of angst has been expressed on either side of the debate. While the proponents of these bans have gone to the extent of saying if you don't want to live without meat, go to Pakistan, the opponents talk about personal choice.
In a democracy, every common person on the street's opinion ought to matter. Here's what they feel.