Requesting for introducing “Uniform Vegan Food Code” for all the Hindus: a letter to the President of India

To  

The Honourable President,  

Republic of India,  

Rashtrapati Bhavan,  

New Delhi- 110004

Sub: Requesting for introducing “Uniform Vegetarian Food Code” for all the Hindus

Dear Sir,

We, the purely vegan Hindus, who are striving for “Homogenized, standardized and Pasteurized” (as it is found in packaged holy cow-milkHindu Dharma, are following codes and conducts of the RSS:

Vegetarianism, wearing saree, chanting mantras before meals: A complete RSS guide on values and ethics. VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on July 15, 2017) ©International Business Times 

However, we arefeeling shame and guilt in front of garvagha (womb-room of our shrines, the sanctum sanctorum) for darśana (divine sight) of the living non-vegetarian Hindu gods and goddesses as devoted audience.

We are unable to consume non-vegetarian prasāda (“gracious gift”) given to us in many of the Hindu shrines in India.  

We are maintaining divine distance (as we are not the super-rich VIPs—they are closer to the living deities) for offering material and non-material items and taking non-vegetarian prasāda) in the course of consensual liturgical sacred worship by obeying the expressive order:

  • We have offered non-vegetarian naivedya (material and non-material offerings) by dint of money with the kind help of the divine agents (pānā), who have direct connection with the divine power;
  •  those offerings are accepted by the deities;
  • S/He, the deity, after tasting and enjoying (bhoga) our offerings has given it back as prasāda

[One Urban Naxal told us that this type of homage to the anthropomorphic and animated idols is nothing but bribing/pleasing the non-existent entities for the sake of fulfilling the material need/demand/desire. “Bhakti” (‘devotion’) is the basic need in feudal ideology. The Urban Naxal also said that  prasāda  is now available in packaged form, thus it is commodified. We are condemning her anti-national opinions.]  

However, we have nauseating effects before consuming non-vegetarian prasāda.  For instances,

·        Kalighat temple (Kolkata):

Niramish Mangsho (Vegetarian Meat) ⤡?  Vegetarian non-vegetarian food? Is it a paradox or oxymoron? Is it for easing the guilt for being a non-vegan Hindu?  The meat is cooked with ginger, spices and curd by excluding so-called “non-vegetarian onion and garlic” from the recipe. 

·        Tarapith Temple (Birbhum):

When we visited this temple on the occasion of Kauśikī Amāvasyā, wherein we found that the prasādī Katla fish (Labeo catla), Rui fish (Labeo rohita) and other fishes along with meat are being offered to the Mā Tārā. We could not consume the prasāda. The obnoxious smell of those non-vegetarian foods made us sick.

 

·         Kāmākhya Temple (Guwahati)

Assam is a land, where about 80% are non-vegans. Hindu agents of  Kāmākhya are sacrificing animals:  buffalo, duck, goat etc.

As our commonsense goes, cows and buffaloes are cattle—the most common type domesticated ungulates. Both of them are member of the subfamily Bovinae– species of the genus Bos taurus. Bovine is etymologically derived from Latin bos, “ox” from the hypothetical Proto-Indo-European root *gwous (Sanskrit gou), meaning ox.

Therefore, what are the actual differences between cow-slaughtering and buffalo-sacrifice?

It should be stopped immediately. However, we are vexed after reading the following reports:

Row over buffalo sacrifice in Kamakhya Temple: Banning practice will deprive poor, says head priest VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on May 30, 2018) © First Post

Ancient custom of animal sacrifice begins at Kamakhya temple VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on Oct 16, 2018) © The Shillong Times

We have become more confused after reading the following article and book:

Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them) VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported onJuly 17, 2017 ©The Conversation)

Ram Sharan Sharma. 2009.  Rethinking India’s Past. ⤡ New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

It is told in all the above texts that our revered ancient sages were beef-eaters! Strange! We have also found that there are different food codes in different Hindu scriptures.

·        Kāla Bhairava temple (Ujjain)

We were more surprised to view that liquor is one of the offerings made to the temple deity Kāla Bhairava. We perfectly know the incommensurable syntagmatic occurrences of milk, ghee and wine/liquor though somarasa was used in the Vedic yajña.

Liquor being offered to the Deity
The offering consisting of a bottle of country liquor
Shop outside the Kala Bhairava Temple selling Liquor bottles

·        Sri Jagannatha Temple (Puri):

We, who are for the vaiṣṇavization of prasada, only knew that the vegetarian ‘Mahāprasāda’ of this temple is of two types: Sankudi mahāprasāda and Sukhila  mahāprasāda. However, we are perplexed enough after knowing that:

Puri Sagas: Bimala Devi, The Presiding Goddess Of Jagannath Temple Is Offered Fish & Animal Sacrifice Inside Temple Premises.  VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on Jul 4, 2019 © Ommcom News)

What a profanity! It is beyond our imagination!

When we are propagating for the vaiṣṇavization of prasāda (pure vegetarianism), we are again surprised to find that some subaltern and obscure Vaiṣṇava cults of Bengal, Assam and Manipur (e.g., Bishnupriya Manipuri) consume fishes and even meat!  Even a fish-fair is organized in a Vaiṣṇava-temple site in Bengal. Please view the following video:

KESTOPUR FISH MELA, A VILLAGE FAIR, DEBANANDAPUR, HOOGHLY, WEST BENGAL⤡

It will be a more than a PhD thesis, if we site more examples of such heterogeneous food codes of three major sects of the Hindus: Śaiva, Vaiṣṇava and Śākta. For the time being, we are deferring ourselves to cite more instances from the obscure cults of the Hindu religion. One may look at the following historical account for more information:

Bhardwaj, Surinder M. 1983. Hindu Places of Pilgrimage in India: A Study in Cultural Geography. ⤡ Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press.

We are also surprised to note the self-contradiction within our beloved vegetarian army, the RSS:

Double Standards? RSS chiefs used to relish chicken, mutton dishes VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on Jul 22, 2015) © The Economic Times

Do you know that nearly 3,000 RSS members eat beef and the Sangh is OK with it VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 27 February 2020) ©Catch News 

Even a BJP leader from Arunachal Pradesh said this:

Even beef-eaters can be RSS members, says senior leader Manmohan Vaidya VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on Dec 10, 2015) ©DNA  

Although, in the case of external affairs, our beloved organization, the RSS, maintains the right path:

RSS’ vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and China. VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 07-03-2019) ©Daily Open To Opinion

However, we are shocked and baffled after knowing so many contradictory views, paradoxes, oxymoron, double or multiple standards related to food codes of the Hindus, we are humbly placing the following proposals:

Either

1.      Pure Vaiṣṇavization and Homogenization Of The Hindu Food Code

or

2.     Reciprocal exchange of one type of Prasāda from one temple to another temple, e.g., from the Kāmākhya Temple to the Tirupati temple and vice versa.

In this way, we may achieve solidarity among ourselves, i.e., all Hindutvavadins, by taking one of the options from the above disjunctive proposition on the ground of protecting animal rights.   

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay

Mrs. Rupa Bandyopadhyay

Mr. Akhar Bandyopadhyay 

Copy to:-

1. Shri Narendra Modi, The Honourable Prime Minister, Government of India

2. Shri Amit Shah, The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India  

3. Shri Yogi Adityanath, The Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh

4. Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)

5. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Member of Parliament, Government of India

 बहुजनहिताय बहुजनसुखाय च॥

(“For the happiness of the many, for the welfare of the many”)

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