When Jain Bakeries & Confectioneries, a well-known landmark in Chennai’s T Nagar shopping district put up an advertisement stating that their products are made by Rajasthani Jains on orders and there are no Muslims as staff members, the police filed a suo-moto (on its own) case and arrested the proprietor on charges of creating communal hatred. The arrest and the subsequent developments have made the establishment ‘popular’ not only in Tamil Nadu but all over the country.
But what is being ignored by a vast majority of Indians is the marketing and promotion of Halal certified products ranging from five-star residential projects to dating websites to shampoos and mascara. The Indian Standard Institute with its ISI mark and the Food Safety And Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the last words as Indian standards were concerned are things of the past while the Halal India logo and certificates rule the roost, according to Hindu Janjagruthi Samiti, an umbrella organization of various Hindu organisations in the country.
Prithviraj Sukumaran, a leading Malayalam film actor has been roped in as the brand ambassador for the Halal-certified residential projects in Kerala while there are shampoos, mascara and premium soap brands which display the Halal certificates as their unique selling proposition. A five-star apartment in Kerala has launched a media blitzkrieg stating that it is India’s first Sharia-compliant Halal certified residential project.
Love Jihad, an infamous strategy employed by the Islamic fanatics to attract Hindu girls and ladies by convincing them that the Muslim youths are the real heroes in their dreams and thereby convert them and dump them as commodities in flesh markets in West Asian countries gets purity and sanctity through Halal certified Dating Portals, they claim.
Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson of HJS says that the Arabic word Halal means “Valid according to Islam”. “Originally a demand kept in the context of meat ‘Halal’ is now demanded in many things including vegetarian food, cosmetics, medicines, hospitals, household items and even malls. For this, it has been made mandatory to obtain a ‘Halal certificate‘ from private Islamic organizations. In secular India, is it necessary to obtain a private Islamic certificate after obtaining a certificate from the government’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)?,” asked Shinde who said that the HJS would soon launch an awareness programme all over India to educate and enlighten the people about the dangers involved in the Halal scheme.
Shinde pointed out that crores of rupees earned through ‘Halal certification’ is going to Islamic organizations instead of Central and State governments. “Few Islamic organizations amongst this are providing judicial help for rescuing fanatics caught up in terrorist activities. They even oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the central government. A religion-based parallel economy in secular India is a threat to National security. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has appealed to the government to immediately stop the practice of ‘Halal certification’ and the citizens of India to boycott ‘Halal certified’ products,” said Shinde.
The Congress-led UPA Government that ruled the country for a decade (2004 to 2014) had allowed government establishments like Indian Railways, Air India and Tourism Corporation to make halal mandatory, which is still going on. “Even the pure vegetarian snacks of the well-known ‘Haldiram’ have now become ‘Halal certified’. Nuts, sweets, chocolate, grains, oils, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, mascara, lipstick; McDonald’s burgers, and Domino’s pizza are all halal certified. ‘Halal Certificate’ is mandatory on products exported to Islamic countries; But why is it needed in a Hindu-majority India? If things are going to be like this, it won’t be wrong to say that India is moving towards ‘Islamization‘,” Shinde pointed out.
The HJS spokesman threw light on some unseen and unexplained businesses happening in the name of Halal certification. “Each trader is initially charged Rs. 21,500 for issuing this Halal certificate and Rs. 15,000 for its annual renewal. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti wants to stop this parallel economy from growing further in India. For this, Samiti is creating awareness through meetings of industrialists, lectures and social media across the country on topics like ‘Futility of Halal in India‘, ‘A mine planted in India’s secularism’ and ‘Damages it is causing to the government’”, he stated.
While the Government of India has a ‘Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’ as well as a ‘Food and Drug Administration’ department in many states, why do we need so many Islamic organizations issuing ‘Halal Certificates’? Is it not the job of the Government? How many other cases has the Law and Order machinery taken suo motu and acted?