In the Austral-Asia area the Maggi company has a flavor of seasoning mix for a Beef and Blackbean dish. It might possibly taste good. However the packaging strikes me as somewhat odd. We have an image of the Buddha presiding over a gigantic plate of cooked beef.
The Constitution of India prohibits the slaughter of any cattle. This includes cows and buffalos.
48. The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture
and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines
and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and
improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of
cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.
Although the actual laws for this are under the purview of the states, cow slaughter is illegal in all but two of India’s 28 states and 7 federally administered territories.
In the old days (a couple of thousand years ago) many Hindus did eat beef. And many still do today, particularly in the south and east areas of India. Some in the north now still do but it is done very discreetly. Many Tibetans and Muslims eat beef in India and despite prohibitions I have been offered and eaten beef in states where it is illegal.
Being a firengi barbarian it was expected that I would enjoy this delicacy and by accepting and eating it this gives an overt acceptance of the practice and assuages some of the shame people would feel if it got out into the community that beef eating had taken place. If such a thing can be blamed on a foreigner with their disgusting habits then the fault is mitigated.
The problem locally though, is that if people are caught with slaughtered cattle they can get lynched-literally. In a town not far from where I live a couple of guys were sneaking a couple of carcasses into a shop in the middle of the night when an insomnia-ridden neighbor spotted them. Police were called and other neighbors were summoned. By the time the police got there one guy was dead and the other was in dire shape. It was not even determined that they had killed these cattle but the fact of the carcasses got everyone in that area worked up. It was also a caste thing as only the lowest are supposed to touch the carcasses to remove hides for tanning and such.
So the couple of points I am making here are:
- if you are touring around India check the local food prohibitions in your area and don’t put the lives of locals in danger by asking for a juicy sirloin. People will go out of their way to provide for your comfort and will even take this kind of risk so as not to lose face in front of you, their guest.
- this package of mix is rather tasteless in that many, if not the majority of Buddhists espouse some form of vegetarianism at least some of the time. (Even me sometimes and in some places)