KJ Alphons, the new Tourism Minister, has come up with a new food rule for the foreigners visiting India. Just three days after stating that there is “no food code” for states and beef will continue in states like Kerala and Goa, he has advised visitors to “eat beef in their own countries” before travelling to India.
The minister recently talked about cow vigilantism and the tight restrictions on beef in several states. He told the reporters, “They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar.”
A day after he was sworn in as the new tourism minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Alphons had dismissed the concerns over beef restrictions as “propaganda” against the BJP. He said, “I don’t think the BJP prescribes a food code for every state… like the Chief Minister of Goa has made very clear that Goa is a beef-eating state and Goa shall continue to be a beef-eating state… Kerala is a beef-eating state and it shall continue to eat beef… that is what people eat there and BJP doesn’t have a problem.”
We wonder what happened in just 3 days, that he took a sharp U-turn in his statements. When reporters pointed out his previous statement and questioned him about this contradictory statement, he said, “That is a cock-and-bull story…I am not the food minister, I am the minister for Tourism.”
Goa and Kerala are one of the favourite destinations of tourists. But our country is too sentimental about beef. We wonder that the air tickets now will come with a term and condition mentioning about the same.
The 64 year old minister is excited about his new responsibility, and says that his ministry has called for innovative ideas to promote tourism.