Biryani Fest Controversy: After months of controversy over the non-inclusion of beef in the Biryani festival held in Ambur, Tamil Nadu, the State SC/ST Commission has given a big statement. The commission said that ignoring the delicacy in the government program is tantamount to ‘discrimination’. The Tamil Nadu Commission for Adi Dravidar and Scheduled Tribes said that there should be no discrimination of any kind in the programs organized by the government.
The commission said that they were met by representatives of the local Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Shramik Morcha and alleged that non-inclusion of ‘beef biryani’ in the event was against a significant scheduled caste population living in and around Ambur. There is ‘Food Discrimination’. The commission said in a press release on Monday that the district collector had announced that ‘beef biryani’ would not be included in the ‘food festival’.
In May last, ‘Ambur Biryani Thiruvizha 2022’ was proposed to be organized with the aim of getting Geographical Indication (GI tag) for the popular dish of Ambur, about 186 km from here. However, the district administration then postponed the event due to a dispute citing the forecast of rain.
Commission issued show cause notice
The commission then issued a show-cause notice to Tirupathur Collector Amar Kushwaha, saying his announcement was “official discrimination” against two lakh SC-ST members of the Ambur region. The commission asked the collector why action should not be taken against him.
The officer made this claim in response to the notice of the commission
According to the press release, after postponing the program, the collector reportedly said that the action of the commission would not be applicable to him, as the program has been postponed. Responding to the commission’s notice, the official claimed that pork was not used in the biryani, which looked like an attempt to ‘get the support of local Muslims’.