Indian Union Minister Giriraj Singh has urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to consider imposing restrictions on halal food products in Bihar, following a similar move in India's Uttar Pradesh.
Singh argued that the halal industry is damaging to the nation's interests, characterizing it as a form of betrayal.
He stated, "We do not endorse the concept of halal certification." This appeal has sparked worry and apprehension among the Muslim community in India.
The call for restrictions on halal certification comes on the heels of the Yogi govt's decision in UP to impose limitations on the issuance of halal certificates earlier this month.
The latest move has stirred a debate, with some political figures asserting that such restrictions are misplaced.
Muhammad Salim, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), countered the narrative by stating, "Restrictions on halal certificates is wrong." He emphasised the need for inclusivity and understanding of diverse dietary practices.
Critics argued that the decisions by the UP and Bihar govts are indicative of rising Islamophobia.
Muhammad Salim labelled the Bihar government's move as condemnable, asserting that it reflects an unfair bias against the Muslim community.
International media has also weighed in on the matter, describing the decision as “condemnable” and raising concerns about potential discrimination against religious dietary practices.