The food we eat culturally and ethnically differs; here are the reasons why governments should not interfere with what people eat and drink.
Yogi Adityanath imposed a ban on meat, liquor sale in Mathura instructing that traders can sell only milk instead; raising a furore, because it’s not just a question of food, it is a pattern of a government who is invading the four walls of homes, dictating into lives, which is against the spirit of the Constitution of India, a democratic nation.
A UP BJP official told The Print.“It has been a demand from the party’s local unit for a long time. Meat and liquor trading should be banned in those areas where we have famous temples. Now, our government is going to fulfill this. It will help our politics because several of our MLAs promised this during the 2017 polls. We will also try for such a demand in other places too.”
The violent lynching these last years conducted by gau rakshas (saviors and protectors of cows) shocked the nation. In this terrible tirade, the gau rakshas launched out in hate speech and lynched often of a person who was innocent. Mobs could charge on an individual, claiming they were beef eaters and quite a number of men were tortured, shown on videos that went viral, beaten to death, many hanged in villages, just on the suspicion that they were selling cows for beef, whereas most of these people were Muslim farmers.
There are six fundamental rights (Article 12 – 35) recognized by the Indian Constitution: the right to equality (Articles 14-18), the right to freedom (Articles 19-22), the right against exploitation (Articles 23-24), the right to freedom of religion (Articles 25-28), cultural and educational rights (Articles 29-30) and the right to constitutional remedies (Article 32 and 226).
Included in these rights is every person has every right to eat whatever they want within the four walls of their house without hurting the sentiments of others.
The Reasons Why the Government Should Not Interfere with the Food Indians Eat:
The food we eat is a cultural pattern according to tradition, living circumstances, climate, geographical locations, determining the individuality of every human since time immemorial, it also greatly depends on our generational habits, our ethnicities, where we live, and how we were brought up. This is the quintessential part of people’s history, lifestyle, individuality, and cuisine there of their choices.
Now, all living things formed the food chain as their eating line, a linear network of links in a food web starting from producer organisms such as grass or trees which use radiation from the Sun to make their food)and ending at apex predator species such as tigers, killer whales, shark. Detritivores such as earthworms, woodlice, leeches, or decomposer species such as fungi or bacteria, started to eat other living things. A food chain also shows how the organisms are related to each other by the food they eat.
Each level of a food chain represents a different trophic level. A food chain only follows a direct, linear pathway of one animal at a time. Natural interconnections between food chains make it a food web. Wherever we live, we would eat according to their availability. People who lived near forests ate wild boar and were hunters, and likewise, the chain went on, and wild animals developed carnivorous teeth to tear the animal flesh that they had to eat to survive. This all followed the natural law of nature.
Cold Regions Don’t Grow Vegetables:
Where you live would cultivate your food habits. If you lived in a glacier-capped icy land, you would have no choice but to eat meat. If you lived in Iceland, meat was the main provision because crops and vegetables could not grow in such icy hardy soil. Lamb, fermented shark, all kinds of fish are widely eaten. In the ancient days, trade and commerce of crops were not as easily available as it is today. In the Old Soviet Union, potatoes and meat were the staple diet. Norwegian of the old ages were dynasty hunters, hunting was the way of life and no one even questioned it. The same goes in different parts of India.
Depending on the terrain they live in, people have to eat meat. It cannot be avoided. The Tibetan cuisine includes noodles, goats, yak, mutton, dumplings, cheese (often from yak or goat milk), butter (also from animals adapted to the Tibetan climate), and soups, roasted barley, called tsampa, is the staple food of Tibet and butter tea. Tsampa is eaten mostly mixed with the national beverage Butter tea. Meat dishes are likely to be yak, goat, or mutton, often dried, or cooked into a spicy stew with potatoes.
In Tibet, a land that is primarily Buddhist, and as we know, they believe in non-violence and consider even “killing” a vegetable a sin, and staunch Buddhists would pray for the soul of the vegetable before cutting it asking for its forgiveness before eating it. Yet, meat has to be consumed in the high roof of the world terrain where very scarce crops can grow. So many Buddhist monks do eat meat whereas, in their religion, they are not to kill any animal. nature made the food cycle. Think of a jungle, animals have to hunt to live. If it was against the design of nature, it would never have happened. Again, when we fight against the flow of nature, we bear consequences.
Our body adapts to the food we eat over years. The most needed vitamin B12 is found in meats, liver, fish, and milk. According to a study, vitamin B12 may protect older people against brain shrinkage. A study of 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87 found that people who had higher B12 levels were six times less likely to experience a loss in brain volume compared to those who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood. None of the people in the study had a B12 deficiency. Brain shrinkage typically occurs after the age of 60 and has been linked to memory loss. For the research, participants underwent brain scans, memory testing, and physical exams. Researchers also collected blood samples to check vitamin B12 levels. Brain scans and memory tests were performed five years after the initial testing.
Take an omnivore, and ask him or her to forsake meat, and they will feel physically very drained because their body has acclimatized to those higher shots of protein.
For vegetarians, there are myriad plant-based protein options, including nuts, seeds, soy, eggs, dairy products, and some whole grains, animal proteins have certain proteins not available in vegetables. According to a research review published in 2006 in the “British Journal of Sports Medicine,” eating meat lowers the risk of acquiring iron deficiency anemia, particularly for women. Additionally, all animal-based proteins contain every essential amino acid for humans, whereas most plant-based proteins do not, except for quinoa and soy, which are both complete proteins.
Meat is a valuable source of many essential nutrients. Take away meat from a non-vegetarian and they will go through nutrition deficiencies as their body has acclimatized to certain nutrients deprivation of such nutrients can range from mild fatigue to serious effects like severe depression, chronic sleep issues, and slow recovery from illness or injury because the body has lost that extra shot of protein.
Vegans often accuse omnivores, meat-eaters of being crueler and violent but the recent violent lynching, murders, rape too, so defeats the argument that vegetarianism doesn’t make a person calmer or kinder or less lustful than a nonvegetarian as is claimed.
Governmental Interference in Food Habits Develops Greater Intolerance
If you prohibit Indians from eating meat, greater intolerance will accelerate in India. This happens in schools where school authorities ban the children from bringing meat items in their tiffin boxes because some vegetarian-eating parents complain, and vegetarian children treat the non-vegetarians as “outcasts”.
When Indian international leaders are called to global meetings, they could be dining next to a non-vegetarian and unless they learned the skill of tolerance back home in India, they would freak out.
Indian students and software engineers live abroad globally and need adjusting skills to adapt to the non-vegetarians, as they can’t go ask for separate tables when they are discussing important issues over a meal, I mean, they can, but that will limit their own interexchange and dynamics.
I personally stopped eating meat myself, but I do not judge those who do. It is a personal choice if they are a vegetarian and all are free to choose, but it is ridiculous to condemn others for what they eat as ethnicity is as old as the Earth and life conditions
Please, please let’s be kind, gracious, and do not condemn and hurt those with different eating habits. As long as there is Earth, Sun, Planets, Seasons, Grain, Harvest until this Earth passes away, people will have different food habits, so we need to respect and honor one another.