CHANDIGARH: The editor of a magazine issued by the Haryana Education Department, was fired by the government following a controversial publication citing beef as one of the best sources to enhance the body’s iron absorption, reported Indian media on Thursday.
According to Indian media, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is the chief patron of the magazine while Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma is the patron.
The report went on to say that, “Incidentally, the state was the first in the country to pass a law mandating a 10-year jail term for cow slaughter.”
“The September issue of the monthly Shiksha Sarthi, in a chapter titled Iron: Vital for Strength, has a list of iron enhancers and inhibitors, which directly affect the absorption of iron.”
The report further said that CM Haryana had recently created a controversy when he said in an interview that Muslims will have to give up beef to live in India. He had later denied making the statement, but the newspaper had posted an audio recording of the interview.
Sources in the education department said the primary education department had withdrawn the online edition of the magazine’s September issue when the ‘beef’ reference was pointed out to authorities. However, the online issue is still available on the web portal of the secondary education department.