Cattle slaughter row: Centre won’t impose any restrictions on choice of food, says Venkaiah Naidu

M Venkaiah Naidu said that food is a personal choice and cannot be imposed on any one, amid a raging debate on beef ban in the country.

PTI June 17, 2017 13:03:09 IST
Cattle slaughter row: Centre won’t impose any restrictions on choice of food, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: "I am a strict non-vegetarian and nobody told me what to eat or what not", Information and Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday, stressing that food is a personal choice, amid a raging debate on beef ban in the country.

 

Cattle slaughter row Centre wont impose any restrictions on choice of food says Venkaiah Naidu

File image of Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Without naming any channel, Naidu alleged that some of the news broadcasters are showing debates on the "non-existing beef ban". He said they are holding discussions on whether India is going to be converted into a vegetarian country.

"I am a strict non-vegetarian and nobody told me what to eat and what not to eat. There is so much misinformation. Food is a personal choice. Why is there a debate?" he asked while addressing 'Akashvani Annual Award Ceremony' in Delhi.

Referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation raids at homes and offices of NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy, the information and broadcasting minister said nobody can claim "immunity" just because he is a media person.

"What we want is that you just follow the rule", he said.

Naidu's comments come days after hundreds of journalists came together to protest against the CBI raids, saying the investigation against Roy in an alleged bank fraud was reminiscent of the attack on press freedom during the Emergency.

"The only time the media was gagged was during Emergency in 1975 when people were put into jails without any fault. What has happened now is nothing to do with freedom of speech. The government believes in total freedom of press and freedom of expression", Naidu said.

Referring to unrest in Kashmir and alleged anti-India slogans in educational institutions, Naidu said "certain forces" in India are engaged in anti-India propaganda in the garb of anti-government campaign which, he said, will not be allowed.

"Dissent is understandable" but disintegration is not "acceptable at all", Naidu said.

Meanwhile, speaking about the media scenario, particularly the news channels, Naidu said there is breaking news every now and then.

"What we want is not breaking news but constructive news. We don't want obstructive and destructive news. We want real news, news that is without views", he said.

Naidu said "information with confirmation" is power ammunition against social evils of the society.

He also pitched for encouraging regional languages and making children "more familiar" with their mother tongue rather than English.

However, Naidu asserted that he is "not against English" but feels that children are more comfortable in their mother tongue.

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