Thiruvananthapuram/Bengaluru, January 17: A war of words has erupted on Twitter after Kerala Tourism promoted a beef dish and Karnataka Minister CT Ravi reacted to the post. While a section of Twitter users criticised Kerala Tourism for promoting beef, the other group took swipe at CT Ravi for denigrating who eat it. When Ravi invited people to Karnataka for "bringing out vegetarian" in them, many named dishes made of beef in the state. Dilip Ghosh, West Bengal BJP Chief, Sparks Controversy For Asking Beef Eaters to 'Consume Dog Meat at Home'.
It all started with a tweet by Kerala Tourism on Wednesday. The department shared the recipe for making Beef Ularthiyathu in the tweet. "Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves. A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala (sic)," read the tweet. Reacting to it, Ravi first wrote: "Welcome to Karnataka (sic)". Tamil Nadu Man Posts Picture Consuming Beef Soup on Facebook, Gets Attacked by Mob In Nagapattinam.
As Ravi's tweet caused confusion, he posted another tweet which read, "Welcome to Karnataka to bring out the Vegetarian in you. Enjoy the flavors of Tulu Nadu – Pathrode, Kotte Kadubu, Halasina Hannina Gatti, Avalakki Upkari, Badanekayi Mosaru Gojju and a whole lot of authentic food to hit Your tastebuds (sic)." To those who thought Ravi was promoting beef with his first tweet, the Karnataka minister said it was against his faith.
"Come on Friends, how can You even think that I will support Beef. It is against my belief and faith. I realized that many of You were hurt with the Kerala Tourism tweet. My tweet was a sarcastic and silent form of protest against it. Hence, I welcomed You to visit Karnataka (sic)," Ravi tweeted. Kerala Tourism's tweet and Ravi's responses triggered a Twitter war over the choice of food.
Here Are Tweets Criticising Kerala Tourism For Sharing Beef Ularthiyathu Recipe:
Try promoting Pork also. you will get a taste of your medicine.
— प्रशान्त पटेल उमराव (@ippatel) January 16, 2020
Beef is the biggest reason for climate change, stop promoting it
— Abhishek Sharma (@AbhiFour) January 15, 2020
Kabhi ye Pork khaake dekho,mast lagta hai pic.twitter.com/7Jnj8iHfr7
— Akhanda Tripathi (@AkhandaTripath1) January 16, 2020
— Poornima Chouhan (@PoornimaChouha6) January 16, 2020
Here Are Tweets Taking Digs at CT Ravi:
I am disappointed, I thought to taste sea foods in my next visit to Tulu Nadu. But this Tourism minister suggesting as if entire Tulu Nadu eats only Vegetarian food. No Non-veg 🤤 @LavanyaBallal @SoansShine
— Lokesh (@lokesh_169) January 16, 2020
beef and pork too is widely available and eaten - so stop spreading lies pic.twitter.com/vDnOjLwoQY
— suvarna veerappa (@SuvarnaVeerappa) January 16, 2020
Welcome to Karnataka to bring out the foodie in you 💐.
Enjoy the flavors of Tulu Nadu –
Chicken ghee roast, chicken gassi, crab meat soup, fish curry, Surmai fry, kori rotti and a whole lot of authentic food to hit Your tastebuds.
There, fixed it for you :)
— jai kumari ಅನುಷಾ 🌈 (@anusha_bhat1) January 16, 2020
Vegetarianism, veganism, eating beef, pork, fish, chicken, mutton, etc., are all part of the diverse food cultures of Karnataka. It will be nice if you also ensured all foods and food cultures prospered here. Pl organise a food fest where such diverse cuisines can be served.
— Leo Saldanha (@leofsaldanha) January 16, 2020
While many Indians irrespective of their faiths consume beef, a large section of Hindus don't eat it. For them, the cow is a sacred animal, hence, its meat is prohibited for them.