Chandigarh: Adding yet another controversy to the beef row, Devyani Singh, the editor of the Haryana education department’s magazine, Shiksha Sarthi, was fired by the Haryana government, on Thursday for carrying a positive article on the benefits of beef.
The state government, which has banned beef in all its forms, got rid of the editor despite being told by experts that there is enough evidence to show that both the author and the editor had only stated a scientific fact.
“Such an article should not have been published in a Haryana magazine. The editor of the magazine has given a justification that the article was based on scientific research and recommendations. We have relieved the editor from the post and further action would be taken in this concern,” said State education minister Ram Bilas Sharma, who is also a patron of the periodical. ?He said the cow has the ‘status of mother in India’ and Haryana has a stringent law against cow slaughter and related offences.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is the magazine’s chief patron, had earlier said in an interview that Muslims would have to give up beef if they wanted to live in India. Haryana is the first state to pass a law mandating a 10-year jail term for cow slaughter.
(Inputs from TOI)