Indian Food Culture ( Why cow is sacred in India?)
Good food is naturally connected with good life as food is our basic need.
The food has multiple varieties worldwide especially in two categories Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian.
The debate has been going on for centuries which one is better for growing physically and mentally.
It is believed that 70 percent of food taste develops in the mother’s womb when a child is about to be born, whatever mother eats child naturally develop that taste.
The food taste is also developed forcefully according to circumstances, migrating from one country to another. For instance, India is a hot country with four seasons’ winter, summer, monsoon, and post-monsoon, food or eating habits change every quarter due to different climate.
However, in some particular countries where the climate is fixed and cold, people tend to take a fixed type of food or diet-related to meat products that hardly change within a year.
India has the largest agrarian land in the world. 70 percent of land in India suitable for farming unlike Russia, Canada, and European countries where most of the lands are snow-covered and no use for farming and agriculture.
The whopping agricultural lands lead to a bumper crop of rice, wheat, and lentils every year in India.
Needless to say that the availability of adequate agricultural land along with a massive production of rice, wheat, and lentils make Indian prone to a vegetarian diet.
Moreover, India is one of the oldest and developed civilizations in the world that never invaded any country in the world. Civilization, Development, deep learning, economic prosperity & stabilities, and spiritualism also made Indians stick to vegetarianism during the Gupta Empire the golden age of India.
Cows are considered sacred and worshipped by Hindus in India. They were the favorite animal of Lord Krishna, and they serve as a symbol of wealth, strength, and abundance. Cow dung is a good organic fertilizer used by large numbers of small farmers in India. The cow provides milk and many dairy products like butter, cheese, cream; yogurt, ghee, condensed milk, dried milk, ice cream, and buttermilk are made of cow milk. These products are also used in many rituals and worshipping Gods. Cow urine is used in many Ayurvedic medicines.
Unfortunately, the cow has now become a political animal in India and polarized. A few political parties are using the cow to get public sympathy and vote. No one actually paying heed to cow protection & feeding.
A thousand abandoned, old and, injured cows roam freely on the streets and roads.
There is huge income inequality in India. The nursing and slaughtering of cows both are taken care of by underprivileged and poor people. Milking a cow is a good source of income for poor people. However, nursing an old and barren cow is challenging for poor people due to high input costs. Therefore, Once a cow has crossed a certain age and can neither produce milk nor be useful in any agricultural work, such cattle are sold for slaughter to the leather industry, where the task of skinning and leather producing is executed. Several leather industries are running by Hindu businessmen which are also a symbol of hypocrisy.
All in all one poor nurses the cow to earn a living and another poor slaughter the cow to earn a living, millions of people directly or indirectly depend on the cow for their livelihood.
If a better or stable employment opportunity is provided to a thousand workers who are dependent on the cow slaughtering process for a living, needless to say, that the cows would be protected and saved. However, the subsidy for safeguarding cows also must be paid to the farmers taking care of old & barren cows.
In north India, the cow is a mummy but in Northeast India, the cow is yummy due to different food & religious culture. It is very hard to judge who is right or wrong and there is a tussle between Right & Left-wing political ideologies and the distressed and poor farmers often suffer from a huge loss of income or food-deprivation, as for some poor people it is the cheapest source of protein.
Now back to why India has a majority of vegan, as stated that India is one of the oldest civilizations that was spiritually, professionally & culturally developed. India had never invaded or follows imperialism policy to extend its borders, unlike other countries.
Indians were socio-economical stable and non-moving so were growing food, nursing livestock, building infrastructure, enjoying life, educating future generations, and following a holistic approach to live a better life. Therefore, there was no need for having high-protein or endurance diet to constant fight or movement to new territories.
However, people of imperialistic regions like Europe, middle-east and Russia were invaders, suffered from invasion and imperialism, so the regions were constantly in turmoil and people were constantly on move to attack or protect. Most of these areas are deserted or snow-covered so unable to grow enough food for their huge army and mostly depend on livestock and meat-related products to get quick food and energy.
During World War 2 some countries had gone through a severe food crisis and people were forced to cannibalism. Rules and regulations are made by humans but all are failed against nature fury that is above duality and destroys everything equally whether monk or monster or followers of Left, Center or Right ideologies.
Fortunately, now we have adequate resources of food so the choice is given to us to be vegan or non-vegan. Which one is good depends on circumstances, culture, climate, religions, and finally, Mother Nature is capable of maintaining the balance required to safeguard the earth.