Himachal Pradesh landslides due to ‘animal killing’ for food: IIT Mandi director in video

IIT director asks students to vow “not to eat meat” in the video shared and ridiculed online. Last year, he claimed he exorcised evil spirits.

Himachal Pradesh landslides due to ‘animal killing’ for food: IIT Mandi director in video IIT Mandi director Laxmi Behera was earlier a professor at IIT Kanpur. (Image: Official)
Divyansh | Sep 7, 2023 - 2:42 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi director Laxmidhar Behera has stirred a controversy by pushing students to vow “not to eat meat” “Himachal Pradesh will have significant downfall if innocent animals are not stopped butchering (sic),” he says in a video being shared widely online.

“To become good human beings, what you have to do? No to meat eating,” Behera is heard saying in the video, and then he proceeds to ask students to vow not to eat meat.

Behera was addressing a student gathering when he made these comments. In a video viral on X, earlier known as Twitter, he can be heard saying, “You are butchering there (in Himachal Pradesh)… the innocent animals. It has a symbiotic association with the degradation of the environment as well. People won’t be able to witness the relation between animal killings and environment but landslides, cloudburst and other natural disasters are effects of cruelty towards animals, he added.

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An X user Rahul Siddarthan wrote: “Is he saying farming animals leads to deforestation? No. He says it leads to cloudbursts.”

Other X users have also criticised him for making controversial remarks.

Sandeep Manudhane wrote: “The collapse is complete. These superstitious fools will destroy whatever little was built in 70 years.”

Scientists Gautam Menon wrote: “In the current dispensation, having views like those of the Director of IIT Mandi featured here is a feature, not a bug. It’s simply said.”

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Last year, the IIT Mandi director had sparked a controversy after a video went viral on social media in he can be heard saying that he was involved in an act of exorcism to rid his friend’s apartment and family of “evil spirits” by chanting “holy mantras”.

Before coming to IIT Mandi, Behera was a professor of electrical engineering at IIT Kanpur. He specialises in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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