Monday, September 12, 2016

The Curious Case of Bakrid

The ideology behind the festival Eid-ul-Adha famously known as Bakrid in India is a stupid one but the way it is celebrated (by slaughtering animals and eating) is not! Let me explain!
It began with a dream in which an imaginary character "GOD" {Which Does Not Exist (full form of WDNE) in real} demanded the sacrifice of the child as a proof of allegiance to itself. And that fool even agreed to it even the child agreed to it! When he was about to do it apparently out of nowhere, the voice said that instead you sacrifice one of your pet animal. So, basically the sequence of Event could have been unfolded as I quote something which I saw from on a facebook page,

*God roams around the universe managing billions of galaxies*
*Gets bored*
*Visits middle East on planet Earth, solar system, Milky way galaxy in a remote cluster (old number 13, new number 4327)*
God: "Hey Abraham!"
Abraham: "Yes God?"
God: "Kill your son and prove your loyalty to me"
Abraham: "Okay God."
God: "Lol. Jk. Just kill a goat or something."
Abraham: "Okay God. I will celebrate this every year by killing a goat"
God: "Cool. Am now happy. This pleases me"
*gets back to his job of managing the universe*

And thus this tradition began, "A festival of sacrifice". In reality it is a "Festival of feast" of which I have no objection. Let's hit some microeconomics here. The meat of a bakra is a tasty one and in India it is really costly (more than 400 INR/Kg as compared to chicken 120 INR/Kg or beef Rs. 90/Kg) so eating in bulk saves you money. By bulk I mean one male goat which is "sacrificed" in bakrid costs about 4000 INR (in areas of Bihar) and it contains roughly about 25 Kgs of raw meat so obviously it is way cheaper rather than when you buy in just to consume 1 Kg in market.  Apart from that, as per the rules the total meat that is collected after the slaughter of the animal has to be distributed into three parts. The first part should be donated to the poor/helpless people. Second part should be distributed to the neighbours in the locality who could not do the "sacrifice" due to various reasons like affordability etc. The third and final part can be consumed by the family and the extended family. So, when just for a day if a poor/helpless person gets a taste of something which is a food of elite (mutton), I will be happy if that happens. Similar cases are for beef or camel meat or other animals. I am sure same kind of calculations undergo there. So, it's like cheap thrills for the poor people :) .


Now my objections to this festival comes when islamic people claim that it "teaches" you something like values and sacrifice. Yes, in life we have to sacrifice a lot when we deal with our day to day stuffs. I dont think u need any more "teachings" of sacrifices by a simple slaughter of an animal. It does not teach you sacrifice in any manner. Even if I go by the complete deeper islamic understanding which says that you should slaughter that animal which you have reared for at least an year. Even though I agree that a compassion may be created in an year by rearing the animal but doing it every year will remove it and then it will only become an act of formality. I am an ex-muslim so I have experienced it first hand. Even the family members who do this as a ritual of some sorts say that it's a bad ritual because sensitive people can't afford to do that. And these comments come from hardcore muslim theists. 
On social media as usual other religions which are equally fake as islam start doing whataboutery on the occasion of  Bakrid because many environmentalists protest their religious customs of wastage of water in holi or pollution by diwali crackers etc. So, they come up with a bad illogical stand on "innocence of animals". Humans by nature are omnivorous and not carnivores or vegetarians. Our digestive systems as well as our teeth structure is designed for consuming both the veg as well as non-veg foods. There should never be a restriction on anybody on the type of food they choose to eat unless they are eating an endangered species. Now please dont put silly question like what about eating human? There is a big difference between over-brutality and consumption of animals for the purpose of eating. An animal life can never be compared with the humans. Thats how food chain works. Otherwise all humans will become mass murderers for murdering millions of bacteria every second while breathing. So, those kind of religious whatabouteries are just an example of "Oh! my religion is better than yours"! These slaughter of animals are not harming environment in any manner and it's just maintaining the ecological food chain balance.
So basically my objection is more oriented towards the principles of the festival rather than the ritual. There is nothing wrong with the ritual only thing, it should not be forced upon anyone (the slaughtering part). What if the "almighty"(WDNE) changed his/her/its mind today and say, wait wait kill your son. So then the person would say, "Sure, every year I will have a new kid and will kill him for you" 😂 . That's why religion is such a stupid thing. All the religions are so much susceptible to fanaticism. Today, when a person goes to kill his son claiming that in his dreams god came and ordered him, the person will be behind bars. This is the basis of the entire festival. I question that basis. The entire basis of this is extremely stupid!
My suggestion is to celebrate is as "A festival of feasts" in which people from all categories like vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians can come and celebrate it. Buy a good quality fleshed animal and some 10 Kgs of Vegetarian fruits and vegetables  then distribute it into three categories as is followed culturally for fleshes only. So, this will give you about 25 Kgs of flesh and 10 Kgs of vegetables. I think in the world when we compare the vegetarians and non-veg people they are in the same proportions (2:5). Isnt it?  This can be done by both the vegetarians and  nonvegetarians. The vegetarians may not eat the flesh themselves but they certainly can help a poor family consume this elite meat. Also, there should not be discrimination on chicken/mutton/beef/sheep/camel etc. It should be based on choice of a person. If you are a chicken freak like me, you have to buy about 20 Cocks/Roosters and it will be a bit tedious as well as costly to do the slaughtering so many times. So, I will buy one of them for consuming and a male goat for distribution of flesh.
Have an enjoyable "feast". Eat and help others to eat.


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