The fast food company McDonald's is on record stating that food has a religion. Well, not explicitly but almost. On Friday, it said this much on Twitter in its clarification to a customer: "All our restaurants in India have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation." Halal food has everything to do with Islamic rules, which prescribe that Muslim butchers alone can be engaged in the meat-making process.
McDonald's open confession has piqued secular voices as well as those on the Hindu right-wing side, who are of the view that the company has not only been blatantly discriminating against SC/ST butchers but also keeping Hindu, Sikh customers in the dark about the reality. "Hindus and Sikhs would prefer Jhatka meat. Why should they consume Halal meat?" a commentator asked.
Just recently, we saw how Zomato was trolled for happily selling Halal meat while claiming that it follows no discrimination when it comes to food. It has to be seen what controversies of this nature will lead to eventually.