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Nutrition carries political message in India: GlobalTimes

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  1. Zer0reZ

    Zer0reZ 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    By Ding Gang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/21 17:48:39
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1052799.shtml
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    Illustration: Liu Rui/GT

    I came across an Associated Press report saying that the Indian government is advising pregnant women to avoid meat, eggs and impure thoughts in order to ensure the health of their baby.

    This is not the first time that the Indian government has interfered in people's diet.

    Two years ago, the chief minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, mostly vegetarian, rejected a proposal to serve eggs in government-run day care centers for children in some tribal areas, in a political move to win support from religious groups that object to eating eggs. The minister himself was an upper caste Hindu man who was also a vegetarian.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been advancing Hindu nationalistic actions which suit the principles of vegetarianism advocated by Hindus.

    Statistics from the United Nations Children's Fund show that Indian women have one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, mainly due to malnutrition. In 2015, 174 of every 100,000 pregnancies resulted in the mother's death, much higher than the figure of 27 in China. Therefore, doctors in India believe the suggestions proposed by the authorities are absurd and dangerous.

    This episode once again reflects the two sides of a coin of this giant developing nation - it is moving fast to modernization while it is returning to religious traditions.

    The rise of the Hindu religion has also caused a sharp decline in the export of Indian beef.

    Hindus worship cows, except buffalo. For years, India has been a major buffalo meat exporter. The industry is worth nearly $5 billion.

    Recently, the Indian government began to ban slaughtering buffalo in India, a move apparently to appease conservative Hindu nationalist groups.

    The ban has severely affected the life of India's Muslim people. Many Islamic believers have lost their jobs, and the ban has cast a deep wedge between Muslims and Hindus.

    In India, vegetarianism is not only a religious issue, but also a political one. Modi and his BJP favor Hindu nationalism in their policies, and thus have won the support of Hindus, which make up the majority of the country's population.

    A report from the Indian Express on April 6 said that eight of India's top 10 states ranked by their preference for vegetarianism are BJP-ruled, and eight of the top 10 states ranked by their preference for non-vegetarian food are ruled by non-BJP parties, citing data from the Census of India's Sample Registration System Baseline Survey, 2014. The headline of the article has strong implications - A matter of choice: Eating veg, voting BJP.

    Vegetarianism in India has not only affected the health of its people, but also cost its labor greatly. A friend of mine who has been living in India for years told me that some foreign enterprises are quite concerned about the nutrition of their Indian employees, because they cannot focus on work and finish it in due time despite being seemingly young and energetic.

    India is a big agricultural nation and can supply its own food. It is able to improve the nutrition level of its people. Regrettably, the nutritional condition of its kids is even worse than that in countries such as Burkina Faso, Haiti and Bangladesh.

    New York Times journalist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote in a report two years ago, "India is the epicenter of global malnutrition: 39 percent of Indian children are stunted from poor nutrition, according to government figures (other estimates are higher)," and he called this "a remarkable failure of democracy."

    Actually, this is not a matter of failure or success, but about what will happen when the West-advocated democracy meets India's religious traditions. Will modernization and secularism triumph over religious traditions or vice versa?

    After all, the challenge India faces is not that there are not enough eggs and meat for pregnant women and children, but whether eating them is politically correct.

    The author is a senior editor with People's Daily, and currently a senior fellow with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China. dinggang@globaltimes.com.cn. Follow him on Twitter @dinggangchina
     
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    Oh it is Ding Gang ,I thought it was Ding Dong.:D

    It is quite funny , after all we didnt interfere in the right of people's freedom of choosing number of children:lol:
     
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  6. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    yeah but asking pregnant women to avoid sources of protein is just complete BS.
     
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    GoI has every right to put forward their suggestions.
    If you have some problem,hire an eminent doctor and Lawyer ,go to Court and warn the GoI.

    They wont ask unless they have some evidences about it .If you want to counter it then do it scientifically.
    People will agree.

    Of Course GoI dont have any right to interfere in some others food matters and behaviour .
    But telling non veg is the only source of protein is total BS.
    If that was the case then Brahmins communities wont become a successful in majority of field .
     
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    During Pregnancy there is a general increase in Blood pressure level and Pregnancy induced Diabetes mellitus and whole lot of things come up, The advisory simply asks them to avoid such things.
    Most abortions happen due to Ecclampsia (pregnancy induced Hypertension), Meat tends to increase blood pressure more compared to vegetarian diet.Nowhere does it say to avoid protein.
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    And Bhakt presents evidence cooked up from Gaumata research institute to support stupidity.
     
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    no wonder average Indian IQ is 82
    lol Brahman high IQ is a myth & no veggie diet can substitute meat, no matter how much BS is pedal by skinny malnourished low IQ stunted veggies.

    Human body require 22 types of amino acids... human body produce only 13 .... other nine are histidine, lysine, threonine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, valine, phenylalanine and tryptophan & only animal protein contain all of these essential amino acids....Human brain in past & current time developed because of meat diet & it's a scientific fact that read meat help in development of brain
     
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    i speak with experience in Surgery , Anyone who trained in Gynecology and Obstetrics will know Ecclampsia is the main cause of abortions, Nephritic syndrome and sometimes death.
    What has Gaumata got to do with, what i said ? Ask any OBG/GYN Specialist,they will tell you the same i said.
    your Secular kind are the idiots with IQ less than 20,Don't know anything about science but keep commenting on Gaumata just to Insult Hindus, No wonder no Hindu votes for your Secular parties nowadays.
    We should start insulting you too, Was your lord born out of Immaculate conception?how is a human being born without Copulation? That kind of Science must be from your Heavenly book and Vatican science Institute.
     
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    I dont think so .

    Adi Shankaracharya was a Brahmin and pure veg one .But he had one of the best brain in the history of India .
    And one of my friend a Brahmin ,he(6.1ft) is almost equal to me (6.2ft) and a more good looking and successful one.
     
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    Is that why other meat eaters call for Reservations in jobs,education,welfare. Because Meat eating has not helped their IQ either, to compete in General Category in Exams or jobs. Its the Meat eaters who are with stunted IQ and cry exploitation,ask for reservations as if they are mentally,physically handicapped and need help to get jobs, or eke out their living.
    Sikhs happen to be Vegetarians are they malnourished,stunted veggies too?
    Most of Indian discoveries were made by Vegetarians in past.Was their IQ stunted too?

    Scientific facts prove Indian DNA has changed over time due to Vegetarian diet,when compared to other meat eating humans.
     
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    Adi Shankaracharya was a result of scholarly tradition spanning more than 1500 years among Brahmans in subcontinent, neither he discovered something nor invented Something, he was just a philosopher who using that 1500 years of work tried & succeeded in saving skinny 6 ft veggie Brahmans privileges from onslaught of Budhism.

    Now I never claimed that all veggie are retard or weak but compared to non veggies on average they are weak both physically as well as mentally
     
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    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    I have always wondered if people who did MBBS from Gaumata institute of Medicine should be allowed to give medical advice. Technically Gau anatomy is different from human anatomy.
     

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