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Beef fest at IIT Madras – students protest against Tuesday's attack on PhD scholar
We live in a country where even at this point of time in civilisation, we have to hold protests and public agitations for safeguarding our right of choosing what we eat and what we don't. And, I guess, India is probably the only country in the world where such protests and agitations are witnessed. Now do we realise and perhaps more than ever, the true relevance of the saying: "It happens only in India".

Now add to this the audacity of the pseudo literates or in other words, the illiterate literates of our country, who attack protesting students in institutions of the stature of IIT only because their food preferences do not match with them.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is an institute which has an unblemished reputation of being one of the most coveted institutions of the country, if one wants to pursue engineering. Getting admission into any of the IITs is not everyone's cup of tea. It takes a hell lot of effort along with oodles of luck to seek admission in IIT. However, the question here is not why the attack took place at IIT? The question here is, why the attack at all?

IIT Madras today saw massive protests outside the campus condemning Tuesday's attack on PhD scholar R Sooraj at the hostel canteen allegedly by some students who were agitating against the "beef fest" organised on the campus on Sunday.

The students held a protest march up to the Dean's office and are very rightly demanding that the attackers involved be expelled and punished for their act. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has already ordered a stay over the Centre's decision of banning slaughtering of cattle. The Left parties along with the DMK have also openly opposed the government's decision to place a ban on slaughtering.

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