Himachal Pradesh State Committee of CPM has demanded resignation of the Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi Prof. Lakshmidhar Behera for linking meat eating habits of people of the state with natural disasters.
In a letter written to the IIT Director, copies of which have been sent to Union Human Resource Minister and HP Chief Minister, CPM secretary Dr Onkar Shad said, “The views on meat eating narrated to students of the IIT Mandi by the Director are unscientific, contradictory to professional values and ethics of leadership of a prestigious technology institute, besides mandate of the institute.”
CPM leader said, “It has been widely reported in the press, wherein Prof. Behera has been exhorting students to take a pledge not to eat meat claiming the incidents of landslides and cloud bursts in Himachal are occurring due to cruelty to animals and if people keep doing this the situation will deteriorate.”
Dr Shad questioned, “ Why did not cloudbursts and landslides of the present magnitude happen for centuries and why only now?; the Director has willfully skirted the issue of climate change, unimaginable rainfall, fragile nature of the Himalayas, anthropogenic causes behind this recent disaster, ignoring carrying capacity of towns, besides reckless cutting of hills for building four- lanes”, he added.
The CPM has accused Prof. Behera, “For hurting the feelings of people of the state since the majority of them have been eating meat for centuries, especially from those who have lost houses and property in landslides, flash floods and asked him to seek unconditional apology from the people.”