Boycott ‘Himalaya’: A call for Hindus to boycott halal products by right-wing has led to the targeting of the Himalaya Wellness Company, a Bangalore-based ayurvedic firm owned by a Muslim family whose products are widely popular. Actually, a picture is becoming increasingly viral on social media in which it is being claimed that the pharmaceutical company is using Halal Certified Products.
The photo claims that the company maintains the halality of herbal, chemical, food coloring products to fulfill the obligation of Muslims to consume Halal products. This picture further claims that the company’s products comply with Islamic law / Sharia and are free from any prohibited ingredients under Islamic law.
As soon as this poster went viral on Twitter, Hindutva trolls started protesting against the company saying that they will boycott Himalaya products till the company issues clarification in this matter. One of the users tagging Himalaya India on Twitter asked the company to clarify the issue before it is too late and people start using alternative products.
Film actor Paresh Rawal has also participated in the #BoycottHimalaya trend. But he soon deleted his tweets when fact-checker from Alt News, Mohammed Zubair put out a series of tweet with Halal certificates of leading Indian companies owned by Hindu businessmen.
Journalist Mr. Zubair wrote in his tweet, “Several RW Politicians and RW trolls have been trending #BoycottHimalaya by sharing Himalaya’s Halal certificate. Just because Himalaya is owned by a Muslim. BTW 9 out of 10 in Himalaya leadership team of Himalaya are Hindus. THREAD on their hypocrisy and Muslim Hate.”
Several products owned by Hindu businessmen have been certified Halal, including Gautam Adani-owned Adani Wilmar Limited (Food Products), Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Consumer Products of the Tata Group and Tata Consumer Chemicals, Vijay Chauhan and family. K Parle Products and Baba Ramdev’s Ramdev Food Products Pvt Ltd.
Other big product companies like Hindustan Unilever Limited, Kwality Foods, Amul Fed Diary, Dabur India Limited, Desai Foods, Milky Mist Dairy Food, Mother Dairy, Nestle India, ITC Limited, Britannia Industries, Tiffany Foods, Om Industries, Everest Food Products Halal are certified
At the same time, clarification has been issued on behalf of the ‘Himalaya’. The company said in a statement, “Himalaya Wellness Company is exporting its products to more than a hundred countries. The acceptance of the products in the importing countries requires the Company and its products to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries of importation. Halal certification is mandatory in some countries, so Halal certification is granted only for such countries as per the relevant regulations.”
“We would like to clarify that none of Himalaya’s producers contain meat, which as alleged in some social media platforms is factually incorrect. Halal certification does not mean that a product contains animal ingredients. It is applicable as per the rules of countries importing vegetarian products. This certification is required by all companies who want to export to these countries.”