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Kerala minister says no intention to hurt religious beliefs after 'beef fry' tweet starts row

Tourism minister also said people were trying to give the issue a communal colour
Kerala tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran (in picture) said those trying to communalise the matter were the ones who were creating a controversy by saying that pictures of pork dishes should also be uploaded by the department.

The Telegraph And PTI   |   Thiruvananthapuram   |   Published 17.01.20, 08:57 AM

After a storm erupted over a 'beef fry' tweet by Kerala Tourism on Makarasankranti day, the CPI(M)-led LDF government on Friday clarified its aim was not to hurt anyone's religious beliefs.

Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran criticised those who were trying to give a communal colour to the tourism department's tweet on the Kerala delicacy -- 'Beef Ularthiyathu' and said in the southern state none links food with religion.

'Tender chunks of beef, slow-roasted with aromatic spices, coconut pieces, and curry leaves. A recipe for the most classic dish, Beef Ularthiyathu, the stuff of legends, from the land of spices, Kerala,' the tweet read along with a recipe link.

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Some Twitter users had showed their displeasure as the tweet had appeared on January 15 on Makarsankranti day, a Hindu festival celebrated as Pongal, Bihu and Lohri in other parts of the country.

Surendran said those trying to communalise the matter were the ones who were creating a controversy by saying that pictures of pork dishes should also be uploaded by the department.

Various dishes made of pork are already on the website, he pointed out.



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