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Meat-eaters "easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes", according to a controversial school textbook available in India.

New Healthway, a book on hygiene and health aimed at 11 and 12 year-olds, is printed by one of India's leading publishers.

Academics have urged the government to exercise greater control.

But the authorities say schools should monitor content as they are responsible for the choice of textbooks.

"This is poisonous for children," Janaki Rajan of the Faculty of Education at Jamia Millia University in Delhi told the BBC.

"The government has the power to take action, but they are washing their hands of it," she said.

It is not known which Indian schools have bought the book for their students, but correspondents say what is worrying is that such a book is available to students.

"The strongest argument that meat is not essential food is the fact that the Creator of this Universe did not include meat in the original diet for Adam and Eve. He gave them fruits, nuts and vegetables," reads a chapter entitled Do We Need Flesh Food?

The chapter details the "benefits" of a vegetarian diet and goes on to list "some of the characteristics" found among non-vegetarians.

"They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes," it says.

The chapter, full of factual inaccuracies, refers to Eskimos (Inuit) as "lazy, sluggish and short-lived", because they live on "a diet largely of meat".

It adds: "The Arabs who helped in constructing the Suez Canal lived on wheat and dates and were superior to the beef-fed Englishmen engaged in the same work."

S Chand, BBC News 47 Comments [11/21/2012 3:03:18 AM]
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If we weren't meant to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?

11/21/2012 3:37:39 AM

Leighton Buzzard

Glory be, a trifecta of unusual components; vegetarian, Indian, racist against Inuit ... but as usual Christian.

11/21/2012 4:27:11 AM


A veggie fundie?

11/21/2012 4:28:08 AM


My bacon and I think you're full of shit.

11/21/2012 4:41:48 AM


What fucking Creator of the Universe?

11/21/2012 4:58:51 AM


Ok then.

11/21/2012 5:27:43 AM


My first thought when I read this was 'where the fuck would an Inuit get vegetables? I've been to the Arctic and, the Inuit are neither lazy nor sluggish, but there's just a bit too much ice to make the growing of crops a successful enterprise.

But that aside, it's an unusual approach to asshatted bigotry. Whatever next? Sikhs having a go at Australian Aboriginies for eating wallabies?

11/21/2012 5:28:53 AM


Wow. Just... But, I... But... Just, damn!

I did not expect to see this kind of bullshit crop up. I mean, hey, there are two sides to the whole vegetarian thing. You’ve got the aggressively batshit PETA activists that seem to dominate the media on animal rights topics, and you’ve got people that sit down and make a rational choice on matters of health, environment, and ethics.

I just never thought mystical and religious bullshit would play into it. I mean it does; there are vegans into New Age nonsense and there are vegetarian Hindus, sure. But for that side of the debate to worm its way into schools, even in a country as superstitious as India? Wow.

Frankly, reading that first line, I expected some misguided vegan to start spouting bullshit about how meat clings to your gut for life, or how all your B12 needs can be acquired from not washing your veggies, and how even lacto-vegetarians are sickly monsters. (Mind you, I'm not saying vegans are like that as a rule, especially given that I am one myself. But just as bronies can't deny the existence of cloppers, I can’t deny the existence of New Age moonbats among vegans.) The rest of that just caught me off guard.

11/21/2012 6:15:47 AM


@Leighton Buzzard

Probably Hindu, actually. Christians aren't the only ones that believe in a supreme creator, and Christians aren’t likely to tie vegetarianism into religious fundamentalism. Plus, it’s India.

11/21/2012 6:27:17 AM


At first, I was like "This is new! The Hindutva crowd! Hindu fundies! They can be asshats! Vegetarianism is big in conservative Sanatana Dharma...."

Then I read the line about Adam & Eve...

"Oh, more Christofundies being jerks, again!"

Gad! They're even infesting India, now!

As usual, the Indian Government, oft-riddled with corruption, ignores it as usual.

In India, you have Hindufundies, Islamofundies & Christofundies pummeling each other & a Government made up of complete nincompoops! It's a shame, India is a nation with so much beauty, history & spirituality yet it's mired in all that corruption, poverty, environmental pollution & ignorance. It wasn't always that way, though...blame that on British Colonialism & Islamofundies throughout the centuries.

That said, India is moving up the economic ladder, has a faboo movie industry & is home to many highly educated minds in math, science, computers, industry...and hard-working, family-oriented people in general.

This textbook thing, however, is el-stupido & I hope somebody does SOMETHING about this!

11/21/2012 6:28:05 AM

Raised by Horses

The book's scholarly merits were unfortunately somewhat undermined by its title: "Temptations of the Flesh: Together, We Can Beat The Meat".

11/21/2012 6:31:08 AM



Don’t Hindus incorporate many other beliefs into their own? I know for certain that many Hindus regard Jesus and the Guatama Buddha as avatars of Vishnu.

Speaking of that stupid textbook, though, have you seen the cover? It’s as if they went out of their way to iolate every graphic design principle in the book! It’s got layers of stupidity caked all over it. Stupidception!

11/21/2012 6:35:52 AM

Doubting Thomas

If God didn't intend man to eat animals, why did he make them so damn tasty?

Mmmmm, bacon.

11/21/2012 6:54:20 AM


More proof that without meat, the brain degenerates. Eat meat, or you end up like these wackjobs. And never trust anyone claiming to be a vegetarian.

11/21/2012 7:02:15 AM

Mister Spak

"Meat-eaters "easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes", according to a controversial school textbook available in India. "

These meat eaters have an amazing resemblence to atheists.

11/21/2012 7:13:01 AM

Rob aka Mediancat

I'm a vegetarian myself. Sure, meat-eaters cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes. But so do vegetarians. A dietary choice, for whatever reason, is a dietary choice, and that's it. Good grief, this is dumb.

11/21/2012 7:17:28 AM

The author, like all vegan fundies, conveniently neglects to mention that the human body, contrary to vegan mythology, can not produce B12 (some is produced in the gut but it can't be absorbed), and must get it from animal products or from supplements. But I'm sure Adam and Eve had vitamins pills, right?

Since when do Hindus talk about Adam and Eve, anyway?

11/21/2012 7:38:05 AM

Deep Search

Hahaa... Oh, god. Teach children about being vegetarian and its positive effects, sure. Don't make up insane, including racist, crap. Seriously, it's easy. In India vegetarianism is pretty accessible due to their culture and belief systems.

11/21/2012 7:50:12 AM

"They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,"

Hmmmm. Maybe we whould try taking meat away from the Republicans.

11/21/2012 7:53:40 AM


"Meat-eaters easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes..."

"Sugar-eaters easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes..."

"Nut-eaters easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes..."

"Broccoli-eaters easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes..."

I sense a pattern emerging.

11/21/2012 8:22:58 AM

Rabbit of Caerbannog

I'm a vegetarian and you're insane.

11/21/2012 8:45:34 AM

Indians being racist against Indians, wow!

11/21/2012 8:56:05 AM


Sadly, this (the bullshit that humans are not natural meat eaters) is fairly typical of militant vegetarians/vegans (for the vegetarians/vegans here, note the use of the word "militant"). They think of meat as something akin to nuclear waste that destroys one's health as soon as one consumes even a bite.

11/21/2012 8:56:56 AM


So that's it. The key to world peace is vegetarianism? Golly gosh, why didn't we think of that centuries ago? Oh, wait, it's because it's bullocks, huh?

11/21/2012 9:05:10 AM

Caucasoid's Suck

Still, they sure are right about the Englishmen though.

11/21/2012 9:24:56 AM

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