Richa Chadda

Actress Richa Chadda called the Indian government’s ban on beef in Maharashtra “communal politics.” (IANS photo)

Mumbai — A host of Bollywood celebrities including Farhan Akhtar, Ayushmann Khurrana and Richa Chadda Mar. 3 criticized the ban on beef in Maharashtra, saying it is a “violation of human rights.”

The bill banning cow slaughter in the state, pending for the past several years, received President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent Mar. 2

“#BeefBan is a violation of human rights. The government cannot dictate what I eat. Seems like the ‘democratic’ constitution of India does not guarantee diversity. #BeefBan is a sad reflection of that,” tweeted director Onir.

Chadda said, “I am a vegetarian. And banning beef is communal politics.”

Standup comedian-actor Vir Das, while taking a dig at Indian politicians, said, “Dear government with beef, let’s ban teeth. We can live on vegetable smoothies and this way your politicians can’t make hate speeches anymore.”

“Stop banning food. And stop passing off bank accounts to be money. Thanks,” wrote actor Ranvir Shorey.

Akhtar tweeted, “So now in Maharashtra you can have a beef with someone but you can’t have beef with someone.”

Director Shirish Kunder joked, “Do not be surprised if the cows are given voting rights in the next election. #BeefBan.”

“Beef faal baad! #kaminey,” Khurrana wrote, taking a cue from Vishal Bhardwaj’s film “Kaminey,” where the lead character pronounced “s” as “f.” 

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