LakshadweepSouth India

Protests in Lakshadweep over new Government laws

Among the new rules is the ban of beef and alcohol.

Lakshadweep is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in India. It is a collection of islands located in the southwestern region of India. Currently, the people of Lakshadweep are protesting against the new rules introduced by the government.

Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands that is considered a great tourist destination because of its beauty that resembles that of Maldives. According to one of the new regulations, the local islands will be removed or relocated from their property. The locations of their properties will be used for several developmental projects. These projects are targeted towards the building of tourism infrastructure.

The rules also suggest that people who protesting relocation will be detained without trial for a year. Another set of regulations are targeted towards banning cow slaughter and the ban of the sale of alcohol. With the major chunk of the population being Muslims, the ban on cow slaughter and beef production feels like an attack on their religion by the government

People believe that the new regulations are ‘Anti-People’ and the government is trying to create a cultural conflict between the people through these new rules.

As the government, the new rules will help make Lakshadweep an ideal tourist destination. Lakshadweep is close to Kerala and depends greatly on its logistical support for essential supplies. Kerala is supporting the people of Lakshadweep and demands the government to withdraw the new regulations.

As of now, there is no plan to withdraw or make any changes to the new regulations. The following news report from ‘Al Jazeera’ details the conflict between the people and the government.

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