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Trending in India: Stay hungry, stay foolish

Here I am not talking about Rashmi Bansal’s book highlighting the stories of 25 entrepreneurs who left their lucrative job options after IIM and opted for entrepreneurship but ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ broadly defines the political state of the country right now. Last evening Jammu & Kashmir’s High Court announced an order to strictly enforce a ban on beef in the state.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra was struggling with ban on meat in view of the Jain festival Paryushan in the state. The Bhartiya Janata Party was looking for a four-day ban but then Shiv Sena also joined the #meatban mumbo-jumbo in the state and made it a two-day ban. You can decide for yourself who will be left hungry and which political parties will continue to play foolish whenever a controversial issue marks the nation.

Media reports also suggest that as a symbolic protest Raj Thackeray-led MNS will set stalls on the streets to sell chicken during the ban period. The eight-day fasting period for Jains has fuelled large scale controversy in the state while BJP and Shiv Sena are pursuing political motives behind the ban. Social media platform Twitter is abuzz with trends such as #BanTheBan, #meatban, #BJPInMyKitchen running and driving conversations since the announcement. The government is expected to have a tough time answering the question, “What’s for dinner, tonight?.”

More than a year ago, the Narendra Modi-led BJP acclaimed its seat at the centre and the nation applauded its ambitious targets but over the year the euphoria has cooled off and enthusiasm has died as the party failed to impress on several occasions. Events such as delayed announcement on OROP (One Rank, One Pension) for the Defence forces and the recent ban on meat has raised questions if the BJP rule can keep everyone happy or not.