I am a practicing Hindu from Kerala, India. I and my parents are vegetarians. Hindus from my part of the country, however, (Kerala) do eat beef, excluding certain upper castes, pujaris (from all castes) and some Hindus who are vegetarian by choice. I am unaware as to whether this is because of the presence and influence of Communists/Marxists/Non-Hindus in Kerala or if this is actually a historic practice.
What do our smritis and shrutis have to say about gomaamsam (beef)? Is it tamo bhakshanam? Or is it left to personal/regional preference?