HYDERABAD: With the holy month of Ramzan set to begin tomorrow, all roads in Hyderabad literally lead to the Old City, which is house to sumptuous non-vegetarian delicacies, especially that made of mutton and beef.
Youngsters flock pockets of Old City in the evenings, most of the time, only to munch some boti kebabs and seek kebabs. The craze for kalyani biriyani, which is beef biriyani, is something that is alive throughout the year in Hyderabad.
Not only the Old City but Mallepally, near Nampally, could boast of a line of more than 20 restaurants selling beef delicacies in its menu. “There are about 100 people employed here and serve several dishes including beef shawarma.
The government rules will just leave all of us unemployed. First, they oppose reservation for us and then they want us to remain jobless, this is absurd,” rued Md Amair, owner of Al-Arabiya, a beef serving restaurant.
Small time butcheries and restaurant owners, while expressing concern over the future of trade, are mostly impassive. Many people consume beef as it is one of the cheapest meat available. A kg of it is around `260, sold without bones, while meat of goat or sheep costs `600. “We are buying meat from markets as usual, I don’t think there would be any problems. But the government does what it wants, they don’t care about minority section of the society like us,” said Mujib Qureshi, a butcher at Subhan Allah beef shop.
The ban is also set to affect the holy month of Ramazan where many crave for the protein rich food.
“If the government wants to regulate illegal cow trade and eventually make our lives miserable, they should first close down the biggest slaughter houses in India which are run by their own people. This is a mutual loss,” said a consumer.