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"UNIFORM VEGETARIAN FOOD CODE" FOR ALL THE "HINDUS"???

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In the midst of the totalitarian Hinduization process in the Indian republic by a religious extremist ruling political party, which is controlled by the fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh with its various militant gangs, the authors of this paper-letter conveyed their sceptic attitude towards this exclusivist Procrustean bed. The syncretic plurality of the SouthEast Asian cultural milieu is being totally ignored by the Sangh Parivar, when they are homogenizing an archetypical ethnographic version of "Hinduism", which is again devoid of any epistemological standpoint. The authors sarcastically pointed out the paradoxes and inherent contradictions of the 'Hindu' religious umbrella by selecting a particular module, viz., the heterogeneous food-offerings (prasāda) of different "Hindu" temples. This letter, based on the surveys and fieldworks across different "Hindu" temples, deploys a non-violently militant deconstructive method to unveil the uncontradictory contradictions of the 'construct' or 'historical a priori' called "Hinduism". This letter or otherwise research-paper was addressed to the President of India along with all the 'Hindu' fundamentalist group-leaders. The intended sarcasm of this paper-letter is deeply influenced by Brechtian satire to escape the plutocratic censorship of an authoritarian regime.
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“UNIFORM VEGETARIAN FOOD
CODE” FOR ALL THE “HINDUS???
Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
Rupa Sanyal
Akhar Bandyopadhyay
In the midst of the totalitarian Hinduization process in the Indian
republic by a religious extremist ruling political party, which is
controlled by the fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
with its various militant gangs, the authors of this paper-letter
conveyed their sceptic attitude towards this exclusivist
Procrustean bed. The syncretic plurality of the South-East Asian
cultural milieu is being totally ignored by the
Sangh Parivar
,
when they are homogenizing an archetypical ethnographic
version of “Hinduism”, which is again devoid of any
epistemological standpoint. The authors sarcastically pointed
out the paradoxes and inherent contradictions of the Hindu
religious umbrella by selecting a particular module, viz., the
heterogeneous food-offerings (
pras
ā
da
) of different “Hindu
temples. This letter, based on the surveys and fieldworks across
different “Hindu” temples, deploys a non-violently militant
deconstructive method to unveil the uncontradictory
contradictions of the
construct
or
historical a priori
called
“Hinduism”. This letter or otherwise research-paper was
addressed to the President of India along with all the Hindu
fundamentalist group-leaders. The intended sarcasm of this
paper-letter is deeply influenced by Brechtian satire to escape the
plutocratic censorship of an authoritarian regime.
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To
The Honourable President,
Republic of India,
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi- 110004
Sub: Requesting for introducing “Uniform Vegetarian Food Code” for
all the Hindus
Dear Sir,
We, the purely vegan Hindus, who are striving for Homogenized,
standardized and Pasteurized (as it is found in packaged holy cow-
milk) Hindu Dharma, are following codes and conducts of the RSS:
Vegetarianism, wearing saree, chanting mantras before meals: A
complete RSS guide on values and ethics. VIEW HERE (As reported
on July 15, 2017) ©International Business Times
However, we are feeling shame and guilt in front of garvagha (womb-room
of our shrines, the sanctum sanctorum) for darśana (divine sight) of the living
non-vegetarian Hindu gods and goddesses as devoted audience.
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We are unable to consume non-vegetarian prasāda (“gracious gift”) given to
us in many of the Hindu shrines in India.
We are maintaining divine distance (as we are not the super-rich VIPsthey
are closer to the living deities) for offering material and non-material items and
taking non-vegetarian prasāda) in the course of consensual liturgical sacred
worship by obeying the expressive order:
We have offered non-vegetarian naivedya (material and non-
material offerings) by dint of money with the kind help of the divine agents
(pānā), who have direct connection with the divine power;
those offerings are accepted by the deities;
S/He, the deity, after tasting and enjoying (bhoga) our offerings has given it
back as prasāda.
[One Urban Naxal told us that this type of homage to the anthropomorphic and
animated idols is nothing but bribing/pleasing the non-existent entities for the
sake of fulfilling the material need/demand/desire. “Bhakti” (‘devotion’) is the
basic need in feudal ideology. The Urban Naxal also said that prasāda is now
available in packaged form, thus it is commodified. We are condemning her
anti-national opinions.]
However, we have nauseating effects before consuming non-
vegetarian prasāda. For instances,
· Kalighat temple (Kolkata):
Niramish Mangsho (Vegetarian Meat) ? Vegetarian non-vegetarian food?
Is it a paradox or oxymoron? Is it for easing the guilt for being a non-vegan
Hindu? The meat is cooked with ginger, spices and curd by excluding so-
called “non-vegetarian onion and garlic” from the recipe.
· Tarapith Temple (Birbhum):
When we visited this temple on the occasion of Kauśikī Amāvasyā, wherein
we found that the prasādī Katla fish (Labeo catla), Rui fish (Labeo rohita) and
other fishes along with meat are being offered to the Tārā. We could not
consume the prasāda. The obnoxious smell of those non-vegetarian foods
made us sick.
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· Kāmākhya Temple (Guwahati)
Assam is a land, where about 80% are non-vegans. Hindu agents
of Kāmākhya are sacrificing animals: buffalo, duck, goat etc.
Buffalo sacrifice ritual in Assam | Various temples in Assam conducting "Bali Bidhan"
VIEW HERE
As our commonsense goes, cows and buffaloes are cattlethe most common
type domesticated ungulates. Both of them are member of the subfamily
Bovinae species of the genus Bos taurus. Bovine is etymologically derived
from Latin bos, “ox” from the hypothetical Proto-Indo-European
root *gwous (Sanskrit gou), meaning ox.
Therefore, what are the actual differences between cow-slaughtering
and buffalo-sacrifice?
It should be stopped immediately. However, we are vexed after reading the
following reports:
Row over buffalo sacrifice in Kamakhya Temple: Banning practice will
deprive poor, says head priest VIEW HERE (As reported on May 30, 2018)
© First Post
Ancient custom of animal sacrifice begins at Kamakhya temple VIEW
HERE (As reported on Oct 16, 2018) © The Shillong Times
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We have become more confused after reading the following article and book:
Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat
them) VIEW HERE (As reported onJuly 17, 2017 ©The Conversation)
Ram Sharan Sharma. 2009. Rethinking India’s Past
New Delhi: Oxford
University Press.
It is told in all the above texts that our revered ancient sages were beef-eaters!
Strange! We have also found that there are different food codes in different
Hindu scriptures.
· Kāla Bhairava temple (Ujjain)
We were more surprised to view that liquor is one of the offerings made to the
temple deity Kāla Bhairava. We perfectly know the incommensurable
syntagmatic occurrences of milk, ghee and wine/liquor though somarasa was
used in the Vedic yajña.
Liquor being offered to the Deity
The offering consisting of a bottle of country liquor
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Shop outside the Kala Bhairava Temple selling Liquor bottles
· Sri Jagannatha Temple (Puri):
We, who are for the vaiṣṇavization of prasada, only knew that the vegetarian
Mahāprasāda’ of this temple is of two types: Sankudi
mahāprasāda and Sukhila mahāprasāda. However, we are perplexed
enough after knowing that:
Puri Sagas: Bimala Devi, The Presiding Goddess Of Jagannath Temple Is
Offered Fish & Animal Sacrifice Inside Temple Premises. VIEW
HERE (As reported on Jul 4, 2019 © Ommcom News)
What a profanity! It is beyond our imagination!
When we are propagating for the vaiṣṇavization of prasāda (pure
vegetarianism), we are again surprised to find that some subaltern and
obscure Vaiṣṇava cults of Bengal, Assam and Manipur (e.g., Bishnupriya
Manipuri) consume fishes and even meat! Even a fish-fair is organized in a
Vaiṣṇava-temple site in Bengal. Please view the following video:
KESTOPUR FISH MELA, A VILLAGE FAIR, DEBANANDAPUR, HOOGHLY,
WEST BENGAL
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It will be a more than a PhD thesis, if we site more examples of such
heterogeneous food codes of three major sects of the Hindus: Śaiva,
Vaiṣṇava and Śākta. For the time being, we are deferring ourselves to cite more
instances from the obscure cults of the Hindu religion. One may look at the
following historical account for more information:
Bhardwaj, Surinder M. 1983. Hindu Places of Pilgrimage in India: A Study
in Cultural Geography.
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of
California Press.
We are also surprised to note the self-contradiction within our beloved
vegetarian army, the RSS:
Double Standards? RSS chiefs used to relish chicken, mutton dishes
VIEW HERE (As reported on Jul 22, 2015) © The Economic Times
Do you know that nearly 3,000 RSS members eat beef and the Sangh is
OK with it VIEW HERE (As reported on 27 February 2020) ©Catch News
Even a BJP leader from Arunachal Pradesh said this:
Even beef-eaters can be RSS members, says senior leader Manmohan
Vaidya VIEW HERE (As reported on Dec 10, 2015) ©DNA
Although, in the case of external affairs, our beloved organization, the RSS,
maintains the right path:
RSS’ vegetarian army, in times of conflict with Pakistan and
China. VIEW HERE (As reported on 07-03-2019) ©Daily Open To Opinion
However, we are shocked and baffled after knowing so many contradictory
views, paradoxes, oxymoron, double or multiple standards related to food
codes of the Hindus, we are humbly placing the following proposals:
Either
1. Pure Vaiṣṇavization and Homogenization Of The Hindu Food Code
or
2. Reciprocal exchange of one type of Prasāda from one temple to
another temple, e.g., from the Kāmākhya Temple to the Tirupati
temple and vice versa.
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In this way, we may achieve solidarity among ourselves, i.e.,
all Hindutvavadins, by taking one of the options from the above disjunctive
proposition on the ground of protecting animal rights.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
Mrs. Rupa Bandyopadhyay
Mr. Akhar Bandyopadhyay
Copy to:-
1. Shri Narendra Modi, The Honourable Prime Minister, Government of India
2. Shri Amit Shah, The Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Government of
India
3. Shri Yogi Adityanath, The Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Uttar
Pradesh
4. Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS)
5. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Member of Parliament, Government of India
  
(“For the happiness of the many, for the welfare of the many”)
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