On the very next day of an extremely authoritarian move by the fascistic Modi government, as a befitting reply, SFI organised beef festivals in 210 centers across Kerala. The newly brought ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets is an another declaration of war on the democratic rights of the people. immedeatly after the highly condemnable rule was announced SFI stated that it will not succumb to the fascistic order which is an attack to the cultural diversity of the nation on the one hand and an assault to the small cattle traders and their livelihood on the other.
Challenging the Sangh initiated Modi diktat, in a flash response the Kerala state committee of SFI announced that they will hold Beef festivals under the banner of all area committees across the state. "How can someone decide what we should eat. Government should be concerned about whether people have enough and nutritious food to eat. Are they bringing this rule to remove poverty in Indian villages? We will not allow this fascism to invade our kitchens. We will eat whatever we want, this is just the beginning of our agitation. This is an agitation to push away the fascism. To protect the cattle in the country, farming system in the country needs to be strengthened. This ban will affect the livelihood of many people. When the Sangh Parivar brought in such restrictions earlier, but the UDF kept quiet all these years and now this new rule is the result of their silence,"” M Vijin, SFI state secretary said.
Despite all most all the campuses in Kerala are being closed for vacation, a huge participation of students and masses are seen in the beef festivals organised today. In many places, Beef was cooked openly and served to the public with holding posters against the central government's decision. 'Nobody has any authority to decide what the people should eat or how to live. Democracy is not imposing your agenda and choices over the other. If the diversity and the democratic right of choice and belief are not protected, you better take the battle to the streets. We will not surrender to these fascistic diktats. " SFI state president Jaick C Thomas stated. SFI Will organise similar programmes in more places in coming days.