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Meat Eaters are Sex Criminals

by Anastasia (writer), London, November 25, 2012

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Criminal intent

A new Indian school text certainly believes this to be the case.

Do you eat meat? Then you are obviously a liar, a thief and a sex offender. I’m a carnivore myself so I’m also a liar, a thief and a sex offender, or at least I an according to a new textbook issued to eleven-year olds in India.

This little text of moral homilies was apparently intended to offer guidance on a variety of issues, from health and hygiene to sex education and exercise. The page on non-vegetarians is especially revealing. These are people who “easily cheat, tell lies, they forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes.”

So, the meaties have all the fun then, while the vegetarians just, well, vegetate! The Japanese are praised for their vegetarianism. Rather strange this, given the history of Japanese ‘vegetarianism’ in the previous century. Oh, wait a minute: that must have been caused by all the fish they consume.

The advice on marriage is also just a little peculiar. Girls are told that they should find a husband between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. “To get married without a bad name is the dream of every young girl.” Hmm, I’m now twenty-six and not married. Do I have a bad name, I wonder?

The contents of this enlightened work were reported recently by NDTV, one of India’s news channels. In responding the chief of the country’s Central Board for Secondary Education said that books were chosen by individual schools and not monitored for content. Rather an oversight, one would have thought.

India, of course, is a culture with a strong bias towards vegetarianism, with taboos against eating beef in particular. But as the economy grows things are changing. More and more people are eating meat. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation the Indian per capita consumption of meat was running at over twelve pounds a year, the highest since records began. So, the country can expect to see more liars, thieves and sex offenders; it can expect to see more people like me.



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By melanie jean juneau on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

I though India was educating and training her youth to participate in modern technology and industry?

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By Anastasia on November 27, 2012 at 05:27 pm

Yes, some of them. India is a country of huge contrasts, from the Stone Age to the Space Age and several points in between.

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By Uttam Gill on December 03, 2012 at 08:44 am

I am one of the liar who wish to speak truth to straighten the record...Yes, this actually happened and if NCERT(National Council of Research and training) claims as oversight then certainly it is shameful...India is also one of the countries like others, where sex crimes takes place and if it is because of meat eating then surely I disagree...Sexual crime has nothing to do with education...these crimes are taking place in all strata's of life...Anastasia and MO9 you need to know more about India...Read more about India...Understand more...read history...Yes, what is reported by NDTV is a truth but this reporting is not the way to gauge about youth of this country...They are Highly vibrant young force...very educated and holds the vision...I must say we too have in our society(My Country) a sick elements who holds obnoxious views... Thanks Anastasia for this enlightening post…

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By Anastasia on December 06, 2012 at 05:45 pm

Thanks, Uttam. I don’t know if I ever told you this but my grandfather was an officer in the British Indian Army. He went out to India in 1937, a subaltern not long out of Sandhurst and returned to England as a Lieutenant-Colonel ten years later. He retained a life-long interest in aspects of Indian culture and history, particularly the Chola Empire, which he passed on to me. I’ve been to India and I like to keep an eye on Indian affairs.

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