Friday, March 1, 2013

Halal controversy

Today when we were travelling we had an interesting discussion about the present halal controversy. Ranjan explained the controversy by saying it appears that the main issue that's being sold to people is that non Muslims are being unfairly made to pay for the cost of halal certification.

My opinion was pretty simple. I said when you want to feed a kid during the day time you would use a crow as the distraction and in the night since the crow is not to be found, we find an alternative in the form of moon. Same is happening here. The masses need to be kept entertained!

Then when the issue of price came up again, my reply was let it be a free market and let market forces decide whether products need to have halal on it or not. Who ever who is offended by halal can probably look for non halal stuff and buy. If there is such a big demand for non halal items. Market will respond and open up another market segment. But then free market? Do we know what that means?

When the discussion turned on to explore the option of having different production lines. Kalhara quipped in with the following story from 'api nodanna live'  a famous Sinhala comedy show. Waiter goes to the table and asks what do you want, two people say plain tea with less sugar, next one says plain tea with more sugar, others say normal plain tea. Waiter goes back to the tea master and say, 5 plain tea. Then returns to the table and distributes by asking, who asked for less sugar, more sugar etc and distributes them. If this controversy continues plain tea theory might become the most sort after business strategy! Patent?


  1. Quite quite interesting :-) Wish people would think in those lines instead of always looking for conflict..

  2. I like the tea story :D .. BTW I wasn't aware were were eating Halal food even if it was bought in supermarket and all ...

  3. :D I've no idea ... but I have seen on facebook an accusation saying that even bottles of water are with halal logo.

  4. I got to know from one of my muslim friends, That HALAL means "Lawful" (Opposite of that HAREM, which means "Prohibited"). HALAL is not just for foods, its for anything. For Example, being Honest is HALAL and cheating is Harem. You can find a good article in Tamil in below link.

    1. Thanks for Sharing that! Btw nice to have you on the blog!

  5. My friend has a shop, one day a lady came and asks for Vicks he gave her the product, when she opened the seal was broken slightly and she asked for a new one he again took that and went inside and brought the same thing, when she opens the same thing happened the sea was broken, what he said was all the vicks are same and she took that same vicks .... business strategy