Veg is better
The well-researched article, "Meaty tales of vegetarian India" (December 16-31, 2014), on the decline of vegetarians in India reveals the changed situation in India, so far famed globally for being the home to vegetarianism and birthplace of most proponents of vegetarianism. While food is a personal choice and more an expression of freedom for the younger generation grown up on Western values, it must be recognised that Western eating habits lead to heart diseases and cancer.
The advice to increase meat intake for nutritional benefits is not wise as nutritionalists are advocating. A recent study by National Sample Survey Office asserts that the connection between high calorie intake and health is unclear because India's most developed states have the least calorie consumption levels. It also means that Indians are not eating right and ignoring cereals and protein.
The interview "Forced Vegetarianism" raises many questions. Is diet only a question of nutrition? What about the rights of animals? Do animals have no rights and human beings are free to slaughter at will?
I would be happy if our children get more millet and if more farmers were taught how to grow spirulina, a cyanobacteria that is used as dietary supplement, for a healthy population. Growing drumstick trees around the country should be encouraged to reduce the incidents of blindness.
It was good to know that President Pranab Mukherjee, once an avid fish and rice
SORIT / CSE