chapter  XIII
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Vegeterianism

ByM.K. Gandhi, Neerja Arun Gupta

Hindus may not compel Mussulmans to abstain from meat or even beef-eating. Vegetarian Hindus may not compel other Hindus to abstain from fish, flesh or fowl. The author would not make India sober at the point of the sword. Vegetarianism is one of the priceless gifts of Hinduism. It may not be lightly given up. It is necessary therefore to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind or body, or passive or inert in action. The greatest Hindu reformers have been the activist in their generation and they have invariably been vegetarians. There has grown up especially in the West an amount of literature on vegetarianism which any seeker after truth may study with profit. Many eminent medical men have contributed to this literature. Those however who like the correspondent feel shaken, may study the growing movement towards vegetarianism in the West.