Kochi: National-Award winning actor Surabhi Lakshmi is under fire from right wing activists for eating beef on a television show broadcasted on Onam day. On the show Surabhi was seen visiting her favourite hotel in Kozhikode, which is known for its beef dish. She was shown enjoying Porotta with beef fry which irked right wing activists and she was subjected to trolls. Surabhi the other day also posted a selfie showing her Onasadya with a chicken dish. That post also received trolls, most of them abusive, alleging that it hurt sentiments of people.
The actor got support from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who reacted to the issue on his Facebook account. "Onam differs from any other festival, as it is a celebration that transcends caste and religious boundaries. It is the festival of the state. The food served for Onam has also got its significance in Malayali life, as it encompasses and reflects the diversity of our culture.
While the Onam feast is exclusively vegetarian in the south, in the northern parts of the state, it is incomplete without meat delicacies. The diversity in food has strengthened with the democratization of our society. There is no infringement in the state with the eating habits of the people. We can be proud of this fact that our society has matured in upholding the values of democracy, secularism and modernity which even reflects through the food-liberty of every individual residing permanently or temporarily in Kerala . Let us preserve this cultural uniqueness of ours,” Pinarayi posted.