17 June, 2021

Piety Kills

There is a very clear, artificial association of choice of food with piety. If it is an issue of strict adherence to ahimsa, then one man’s food cannot be as unsanatanic as another’s murder.

Piety Kills
outlookindia.com
2017-04-22T11:15:37+05:30

Vegetarians have a problem. They think they are better than the rest of us because they don’t eat the flesh of the dead. The situation turns seriously sanatanic when the vegetarian is a teetotaller too. Suddenly, there is an aura of ritual purity. I don’t mean just the dwijas or the Brahmins and Banias (well, Kshatriya is a complex varna with a lot of claimants), this is true of every caste—from the priests to the manual scavengers. The mom­ent an influential person and, as a result, a family or a group of families give up alcohol and meat, they start believing that they are better, purer and holier than the rest. This is not even a Hindu phenomenon. A Christian man who fasts during the Lent makes his wife and the family turn vegetarian, albeit temporarily. There is a very clear, artificial association of choice of food with piety. There is no conclusive evidence to prove that vegetarians live longer and are better people. After all, haven’t we read that Hitler was a vegetarian and a teetotaller? And the nicest vegetarian of all, the Mahatma, chose...

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