Thus, even today in the Punjab, we have lassi and parathas as common food and fresh white butter is served in small cups with the food. 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These perceptions lead to prejudices about the other and offer a basis to racism, communal politics and hate politics. It is also customary for Hindu's to offer milk at the lamp/prayer alter when praying to God. 3. Have echoed my sentiments sir. In the Eastern part of Central India, it is like the South – only Brahmins and traders are vegetarians. As of 2013, India is the largest milk producing nation in the world. When the babies grow, milk production stops. It is only in the last two hundred years, thanks to the Industrial Revolution and colonialism, the milk consumption spread all over the world. What is normal in one region can be unusual or even illegal in another place. The case against civilisation: Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better. In Hyderabad, it was further motivated by a ban on alcohol in the early 90s. Indeed it requires merely an elementary sense of rationality to disbelieve the claim that idols drank milk even if one could not find an immediate scientific explanation for what was observed. It has been historically assumed (not proven) that human diet requires some animal protein and that for vegetarians milk is a must. document.location.href = this.options[ this.selectedIndex ].value; Ghee, a milk product, is offered during yagnas to Agni, said to be the hunger of the gods. I have been travelling and hence the delay in response.Your question requires a detailed reply. Now, there is not enough milk to support everyone on a vegetarian diet. That is why in India vegetarians tend to consume a lot of milk and milk products. The use of milk-based sweets and ice creams will come down drastically. This tradition exists in food habits. dropdown.onchange = onSelectChange; While on the one hand this project increased the milk production and increased its supply to the cities, it depleted the villages of all milk, including the free buttermilk which the poor used to get. The consumption of milk by the human species is relatively new in our evolution. /* ]]> */, Gujarat-based Amul kick-started the milk revolution in India. The ghee, rich in fat, was for the urban and rich consumers. I appreciated how you mentioned the introduction of consuming wheat in India was not part of the historical Indian diet. Gone are all these excellent traditions and now replaced by the accursed reductionist White Revolution legacies – AMUL etc. CEO Compensation and America's Growing Economic Divide, Sue Carpenter/Axiom Photographic Agency/Getty Images. Thank you for writing. The cow is revered by Hindus and known affectionately as Gaumata, or mother cow. A COVID-19 Prophecy: Did Nostradamus Have a Prediction About This Apocalyptic Year? The diabetes, however, is also a result of consuming polished rice and a sedentary life style. The Ganesha drinking milk miracle was a phenomenon which occurred on 21 September 1995, in which statues of the Hindu deity Ganesha were thought to be drinking milk offerings. Electricity is dependent on scarce mineral resources which are all rapidly depleting. It began with domestication of animals and with animal husbandry, which was around 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. Science behind serving milk on Suhagraat. Snakes are cold blooded and carnivorous animals, whereas milk is often consumed by the mammals.” “Not only that – I have seen even fake YouTube video showing that a snake drinking milk…” she replied. Milk is used to bathe Hindu idols on special occasions. Can you email me at: t.vijayendra@gmail.com. Wheat was restricted to North West and Malwa region of Central India. Milk in Hinduism The memory of cows in green pastures is one very strong within the collective memory and imagination of Hindus. And, yes, snakes do not generally drink milk. T. Vijayendra may be contacted at t.vijayendra@gmail.com, Tags: animal agriculture, bioregions, consumerism, consumption, diet & nutrition, farmers & farming, food security, India, Indian economy, lifestyle impacts, livelihoods & rights, local economy, meat consumption, planning & policy, rural India, rural-urban divide, T. Vijayendra, veganism, vegetarianism. This is a valid argument for those regions which are historically rich in milk supply. (Herein after the word milk means only milk from domestic animals and not mother’s milk). Here milk is centrifuged to get cream which can be made into butter or cheese. Another argument against the use of milk is that it should be used only for cow’s progeny to produce good draught animals. Their argument is that milk is mainly for the babies and adults should not use milk. They introduced vegetarianism in India. Secondly, there was a marked increase in the production of milk based sweets and sweet shops. Can Hindus drink milk? So, for some, milk is the greatest food, while for others, milk is one of the five white poisons. Your email address will not be published. New Delhi. In Europe and Russia the draught animal is horse and camel in West Asia. The main criticism is that this milk is not ‘real’ milk – it is homogenised using milk from different animals, it is not fresh, it can be several hours, days and even months old and therefore it is not healthy. After 1970 India is a tropical country and so the day temperature is fairly high. The fact is milk is not the most important product of these animals as it is considered in Europe. This map is not very accurate and since 1970s great changes have occurred in India which has changed the availability of milk and wheat drastically. Hello Vijayendra.I live in Hyderabad and I’m type 1 diabetic since 12 years . Internally I feel anger that culturally such a thing was pushed& pressured on me. Yes,complete refrigeration – CFC – Green house gas – Global warming – Species Extinction. In a new study, it was found that regardless of diet, participants with the highest dairy calcium intake, equal to 12 oz. Drink Milk! Till now,i avoided cattle milk because their milk is for their calves. Ghee is clarified butter and it is used in lamps for rituals. Even today, Eastern Asia as a rule does not use milk. Drinking cow’s milk leads to purification at the physical and spiritual level Those who drink cow’s milk become sattvik in nature. At the beginning of the Iron Age (roughly around 1000 B.C.E.) We also considered that whichever animal’s milk we take for nourishment becomes equal to our mother and hence unfit for slaughter – whether it is of the divine gau-maata or the relatively inferior buffalo(we never drank buffalo milk, the British habituated this milk to us, while opening cow slaughterhouses. Hindus even worship the cow as a Deity. We do the same thing in India, but with ghee. I wondered how Indians got this milk and togurt habit. So, for some, milk is the greatest food – there is a phrase in India which says that a good land is one where rivers of milk and ghee flow. agriculture spread all over India in a big way. Only in the North West region there are castes other than Brahmins and traders who are vegetarians. East Asia even today does not use milk. So, for some, milk is the greatest food, while for others, milk is one of the five white poisons. The Hindu religion is practiced by the majority of people in the Indian subcontinent and is the world's third largest religion. Also we forget that historically India was neither a wheat growing nor a rice growing region. While milk was not important in the Indian context, whatever little milk was available was converted to curd and churned for the butter. Loans are given to the poor to look after a buffalo or a cow, government subsidy is given for artificial insemination, special grain and grass is grown to feed these animals at the cost of other uses of land, children of the poor miss school so as to look after the animal, and so on. Hindus use milk and its products for religious purposes because it is believed to have purifying qualities: ghee, or clarified butter, is used in lamps for rituals; milk is used to bathe Hindu idols on special occasions; sweets made from milk or ghee are used as offerings to gods. Increase in ecological degradation. This is excellent. All the four major stands in the debate mentioned above will feel justified. Many people think that milk is normal good food. Sad to know that the rural poor were deprived of the supply of free buttermilk. Thanks for your comments. But, i didn’t see from the energy point of view. Excess milk is converted into butter, cheese and ice cream. For vegans, the drinking of milk is exploitative of the cow, who should feed her young that milk. Many Hindus follow a vegetarian diet (that may or may not include eggs and dairy products), that they believe is in sync with nature, compassionate, respectful of other life forms. So the world milk production will be drastically reduced both in quantity and in areas of milk production. While human breast milk is … Please help me out. It is true that upsurge in milk consumption in last 200 years is is due to ‘a conspiracy by the food industry.’ But milk may be ok in some ecological regions such as West Asia and Europe, the original home of animal milk consumption by human. Support this people’s initiative for climate action in South Asia! This enhanced the role of the cow as a source of milk than its role as producers of good draught animals and it further led to the increased production of milk. As of 2013, India is the largest milk producing nation in the world. In India, the major fodder was straw (bhusa from wheat) and not green grass. This number historically has been a quarter of the world population. This is a distilled country liquor. And is also why majority of India has a very unattractive “Wheat Belly”. All this changed with the availability of excess milk. of milk or other dairy products (580 mg of dairy calcium), lost about 12 pound Only cities had milk-based sweets available daily. On the other hand some nutritionists consider milk as one of the five white poisons. This is what happens when the likes of M.S.Swaminathan are lionised by Governments and of all people organic farming activists and environmentalists too(one eminent Delhi-based lady Indian environmentalist who figures among the TIME’s world’s 100 influential women, calls Swaminathan her “childhood hero”. But didn’t rice growing regions need/have bulls and livestock in general? However, with human species it is more than just this. Introduction Our food habits vary from place to place. Then, through a cold chain, the milk is homogenised and packed. Hindus use milk and its products for religious purposes because it is believed to have purifying qualities. There are four major stands in the debate: 1. While they share this aspect with other mammals, they also consume the milk of other domestic animals, such as cow, buffalo, goat, camel etc. Many milk federations will collapse. Milk is also not good for human nutrition and health as can be seen by the example of the Chinese who do not use milk and therefore are free of some diseases. Milk is a substance that mammals produce to feed their babies. The butter milk, which retains the proteins, was given away to the poor. Milk Everyone knows what milk is. They do consume a lot of milk. I really wish that this wasn’t so prevalent in such a beautiful culture as milk have been proven over and over again to be harmful for human consumption. Thus, while milk was known in large parts of India, its use was restricted. But a large part of the world until recently never consumed the milk of other animals. Sweets made from milk or ghee are used as offerings to gods. In the Central region, it is a bit mixed. This is the great progress we have achieved after 70 years of Independence in the name of “science and technology” and it;s practitioners and supporters. In China and other East Asians regions other reasons may be operating because the whole region never ever used milk for human consumption. And I strongly feel that many health problems in India may have a connection to the high consumption of dairy as well….it feels impossible to remove these 2 items as consumption in a cultural that consumes it so excessively. I truly agree with your say that “nothing comes from nothing”. Increase in production 2. However, cow urine is used as a medicine in Ayurveda, and also as a pesticide and fertilizer in organic farming. If they did, how come they were not using milk in olden days in South India and in East Asia? Today we do not know whether the white liquid base inside our morning beverage is milk or some chemical concoction! Bhang lassi – an intoxicating drink prepared from the leaves and flowers (buds) of the female … We will show that there is an ecological basis for these different perceptions and what is right for one place could be wrong for another place and vice versa. (function() { The modern milk industry in India is based on refrigeration, which is based on electricity. After all ‘nothing comes from nothing’ and if a region has to grow something new in huge quantities, it has to be at the cost of something! After reading your article I understood that milk & wheat are harmful thus should n’t be consumed.My question is what’s the best natural alternatives for wheat & milk . Thankfully, certain right-thinking, enlightened individuals have come up with cow-based enterprises that carefully avoid all the aforementioned evils associated with modern dairies but rather selling pure, healthy, unadulterated milk from cows that are well-fed(some feed herbs like aswagandha, satavari), allowed to graze a lot(which is very important, for only the products of grazing cows have all the benefits as mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts) and looked even after getting unproductive. Whether the region per se is capable or not, they are guzzlers of everything and the waste they produce is a great pollutant. In the West, where large tracts of high quality grass lands were made available for animals, as well a supply of surplus cereals, specialised milk and meat breeds were developed. Unlike milk, ghee has longer shelf life and being far lesser in quantity could be transported to distances. Even 3-4 decades ago, cows would be brought to home by the cow-herds which would be milked on the spot and the fresh milk given to the households. But of course water buffaloes were important there as draught animals – both for agriculture and transport. B. However, it also spread to other parts of India and today in most Indian cities you can get packets of milk irrespective of the region’s ability to produce such a huge quantity of milk. This is really helpful. Also ruminants were important as digester of crop residue and the dung was important as fertiliser. As we have seen above, Gujarat is traditionally rich in milk and so the project succeeded even if it deprived the rural poor from the supply of free buttermilk. TIM MCGIRK. All of this may not happen in one place, but, on the whole, this is the picture we get. In the South, only Brahmins and trading castes are vegetarians, with some exceptions. ), goat, camel etc. Milk is very sensitive to heat and goes bad quickly. Increase in the gap between the rich and the poor and 3. The butter was made into clarified ghee. It created the craving for sweets among habitual drinkers. “Yes Martha, some Hindus do that. 4. While it is theoretically possible to survive only on plant food (as indeed vegans today do), in practice most vegetarians in India use milk and milk products. Related Developments After the 70s, both agriculture and transport got rapidly mechanised. It needed bullocks and so the cows were domesticated for production of bullocks and when the milk production was low it was mainly given to young calves and very little or none was taken from the cows. Panchamruta contains five milk products – milk, both raw and boiled, ghee, butter and yoghurt. In rice growing regions the milk was less, draught animals were very important and most of the milk went to the calves – both cows and water buffaloes. Karnataka Milk Federation has become the second largest milk producer after Gujarat even though, as we have seen above, it is not so rich in milk potential. So there the cow is used mainly for milk and beef. So we get a vegetarian map of India based on the availability of milk. Now, there are good reasons to conclude that this technology is not suitable to India. Highly thought-provoking. December 29, 2015 Rest of India was mainly a millet country with rice growing in low lying regions and Eastern coastal region. function onSelectChange() { Most of them are either encroached or usurped. An exposition about the Hindu view on Food and Drink drawn from ancient Indian primary sources. And not only babies, but adults also use it. It was a 24-hour miracle. So this industry along with many ‘unnecessary’ industries will contract. 2. It was reserved for the priests and the aristocracy. My guess is that wheat growing regions are also grass lands and the cattle gave more milk. As if it were some holy elixir. This is a fringe group mainly in the West. Diet in Hinduism varies with its diverse traditions. The utter impossibility of an idol drinking milk is obvious to any scientist worth the name and should be so even to a person with only a high-school education. Hindus use milk and its products for religious purposes because it is believed to have purifying qualities. It is said in our Puranas that wherever the unworthy are worshipped and the worthy ignored there 3 things will prevail – Durbhiksham(famine), Maranam and BHayam. A little milk was used for festivals and by upper castes. Many peasant castes here are vegetarians. Thus, the American Continent, the African Continent, Australia and East Asia did not use milk. Vegans: vegetarians who do not use milk. While the ban was eventually removed, the consumption of sweets stayed and even increased with the rise in the prosperity of the middle class and increased milk supply. Around 1970, we had Operation Flood which ushered in the milk revolution. Human breast milk. Apo – traditional drink from Arunachal Pradesh made from fermented rice; Arrack-distilled from a wash of palm Jagger, herbs etc from Kerala; Bangla – an alcoholic drink made from starch and sold in West Bengal.There are government licensed counters to sell this drink. Sweets made from milk or ghee are used as offerings to gods. An exposition about the Hindu view on Food and Drink drawn from ancient Indian primary sources. Milk from villages is collected at local collecting centre and transported to the nearest centre which houses a chilling plant. In other words, the one who destroyed the Indian agriculture is her hero – God bless our country or rather God save our country from these “intellectuals”)! “Homo Economicus” asserting himself – “Human profits first and devil take the hindmost” attitude! This process involved enormous use of energy in refrigerating and so the price of milk and its products increased and only the city could afford to pay for it. But at very huge cost, Nature will restore its balance. I came across this article when I was browsing on the evolution of milk consumption in India. Haven’t realised before. In non-milk-drinking northeastern India, the lack of protein in the diet is generally made up by the consumption of meat, eggs and fish. var dropdown = document.getElementById( "archives-dropdown-3" ); Later as an adult I learned I was lactose intolerant which explained me feeling ill most my life. Although Jainism was born in Bihar, majority of them are in Rajasthan and Gujarat- a region rich in milk production. I should point out that I transitioned from eating meat, to becoming vegetarian to now being Vegan. Some of the modern critics of milk will also prevail and many more people will give up using milk and milk-based sweets. The ancient and medieval Hindu texts recommend ahimsa—non-violence against all life forms including animals because they believe that it minimizes animal deaths. But even in USA the consumption of cow milk is pressured even by your doctors. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Ghee is clarified butter. In the early morning of 21 September 1995, rumours of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha sipping milk from a spoon spread across the country. In feed, what was fed was more of by-products like the bran, oil cake, broken rice, etc. if ( dropdown.options[ dropdown.selectedIndex ].value !== '' ) { While you are generally right we should avoid generalising. 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