The country's Hindu majority considers cows sacred, and several states already ban their slaughter.
But the latest measures in Maharashtra -- home to India's commercial centre Mumbai -- go even further, making the sale or possession of beef an offence punishable by a five-year jail term or a 10,000 rupee ($160) fine.
No offense to India, or Indians and their beliefs, but as we Americans say, "where's the beef?" And, to all the Americans who think America is a bad place, I say, "Go live in India--and never eat a hamburger again. With or without cheese. Or, if you can find a burger, and get caught eating it, you could spend five years in jail." Hmm. I think I'd rather live right here in America. And have the freedom to eat what I want.
Speaking of food, all this talk of beef is making me hungry. I think I'll go to McDonald's--and get a triple cheeseburger! I can do that in America.