Because of vegetarians! The beef export from India has grown rapidly, the Indians have even overtaken the previous leader Brazil. Within the country, meat is also increasingly consumed – and yet led the Saints cows with all sorts of tricks to the slaughter.
Finally there is good news in terms of nutrition: India is world champion in exports – the beef. It is not so long ago that the subcontinent was a symbol of the “world hunger”. At that time recommended German Stammtisch the Indians to slaughter their Holy cows to be fed. The irony of the story has it that today is precisely this situation has occurred: India has overtaken the previous beef export world champion Brazil.
Still Many believe India should no cattle are slaughtered or eaten. This is of course nonsense, because there live not only Hindus, but also many Muslims. The latter must slaughter cattle and eat steaks, pork sausages are with them for taboo. Since the Muslim halal butchers slaughter, i.e according to their religious rules, the Arab states are an important export market for India.Moreover, in India the idea of what is a sacred cow, differ from region to region. Thus, water buffalo apply strangely not as cattle and even the Holy cows are there differences in holiness. The animals are simply moved to those states in which a slaughter shall be permitted or tolerated.
Where are the proverbial Indian vegetarian?
The production currently stands officially at 3.5 million tons of beef, of which about 1.5 million tons are consumed in their own country. Counting the circumferential Black slaughtering it, then production and consumption in their own country are much higher than the official statistics give an idea. Naturally come to the roast beef still plenty of chicken, goat and pork. But! Where are the proverbial Indian vegetarian? This also wanted the daily The Hindu know and launched an inquiry.Result: 60 percent ate claims to meat. This is quite surprising, since the respondents have thus violated a social taboo: One may eat meat, but never talk about it. The real number of meat eaters should therefore lie in India far beyond the stated 60 percent.
What would this probably Mahatma Gandhi say, the grand old man of the vegetarian movement and to this day a model of great moral charisma? Gandhi contributed significantly to the reputation of vegetarianism in the West. But most have probably misunderstood Gandhi. He was not a poor vegetarian Hindu, but was from the rich upper class. Gandhi was only on a visit to Europe for vegetarians. Back in India, he wanted to curb the population explosion by vegetarian food. Other methods of contraception, he refused – as with us the Popes – categorically.
Gandhi had to forfeit one hell of fear, sensuality
Therefore, Gandhi urged his followers a vow of abstinence, even married life was “to keep from all sensual desires freely.” He was convinced that meat would only fuel the carnal desire in the population. “The control of the palate is the first thing that is essential in the maintenance of the vow.” A light, simple, spice-free, raw and naturally vegetarian diet is best suited to dampen the senses. Gandhi had to forfeit a hell afraid of sensuality in the literal sense. Once someone feel pleasure when eating, the body “a hotbed of vice” would.
Many young Indians is the hypocritical religious chatter of the old counter. In the cities the restaurants offer hamburgers or beef fillets so natural to us as rice dishes. India is an emerging nation. It is freed from outdated religious taboos and enjoys to be not only satisfied, but to be able to afford nutritious food. Today India no longer speaks of the “Green Revolution”, which stilled the hunger, now the buzzword of the “Rose Revolution” is making the rounds. This joyfully welcomed by the people culinary “liberation movement” promises cheap meat for everyone. Meal!
Originally published on www.deutschlandradiokultur.de
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