A post on Facebook fuelled a 'protest beef party' that greeted BJP president Amit Shah during his maiden visit to Meghalaya's capital Shillong on Wednesday.
The party--dubbed a "feast for rights"--was held in front of the Raj Bhavan amid a 12-hour shutdown called by a outlawed rebel group to protest the Sangh Parivar's atrocities against Christians. The main religion in tribal-dominated Meghalaya is Christianity.
"Our simple message was for the BJP and its affiliates not to impose their ideas on people whose food and cultural habits are different," Angela Rangad, one of the organisers, told Hindustan Times from Shillong. Ironically, she is related to former BJP leader and state home minister Thrang Hok Rangad.
The beef party, the outcome of a "casual call" on Facebook, was organised by Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), a pressure group opposed to cultural policing and policies that are anti-tribal and anti-farmers.
"People from diverse backgrounds came together to defend our rights and freedom by singing songs and partaking of local delicacies such as doh masi (beef curry) and doh shain (dumplings made with powdered beef). They also displayed placards seeking Amit Shah's arrest for genocide," said TUR member Tarun Bhartiya.