Onslaught on Indian Culture by Western World
Dr. S. S. Jhaveri M. D., MRCP (EDIN)
It was not only the Hindu population of this country, which had acknowledge and adopted fresh milk and pure ghee as the sources of sound health, vigour and virility for millions of years; the migrant muslim population also had accepted these as the sources of energy and good health.
The trio of Chaka, Gulam and Kalu, Kikarsingh and Lambusingh, Gama and Gamu, Ahmedbux and Imambux, all these pairs of Ace wrestlers had spread the Glory of India all over the world in the field of wresting till as late as 1940. Imambux and Gunga had wrestlers non stop for five hours and had remained unbeaten. No other wrestler in the world could stand these ace wrestlers even for five minutes. Most of them were defeated in 10 to 15 seconds only.
These Indian wrestlers used to consume 30 liters of milk and 2kg of pure ghee every day. The hour. Still they never used to pant. Whereas the western wrestlers who eat lot of meat and eggs pant in just ten minutes. The western wrestlers rest for a while every ten minutes while engaged in a bout, whereas Imambux and Gunga "Pahalw3ans" never rested or panted even during a non-stop five hours bout.
Fresh milk and pure ghee started vanishing from the country after 1940. And since then we have been losing in the world's wrestling arena. In India, no wrestler is able to retain the position of 'Bharat Kesari' for a continuous period of three years, as neither 30 liters of fresh mild and 2kg if pure ghee is available to him, nor can he afford it financially.
It has to be noted that all the above referred world champion wrestlers were the jewels of princely states. They hailed from cities of the princely states such as Porbandur, Jamnagar, Indore, Gwalior and Patiala. No wrestler of British India could challenge these wrestlers from princely states. Milk was available in princely states till the end of 19th century and particularly in Saurashtra @ 2 Paise per liter. Ghee was available @ Rs. 12/- for 20kg. till 1912. In 1995 cost for 20kg pure cow ghee is about 2000/-.
In the history of this country, abattoirs were established for the first time in 1859, and cows were slaughtered in large numbers. Since then the availability of fresh milk and pure ghee in British India dwindled and the prices began to rise. There were no abattoirs in princely states and cow slaughter was strictly prohibited. Hence the availability of milk and ghee was maintained and prices also were low.
But the slaughter of cows in British India affected the princely states also. Their cattle wealth was clandestinely diverted to British India and as a result, the availability of fresh milk and pure ghee dwindled there also and the prices started rising. By the time second world war started in 1939, the price if fresh-milk rose to Rs. 4.50 per liter and pure ghee was sold at Rs.30/- per 20kgs.
During 2nd world war between 1941 and 1945 millions of troops from Australia and New Zealand were computing in India. Our cows were slaughtered to feed them. Our first President Shri Rajendra Prasad had lamented later on with tears in his eyes that thousands of our young and healthy cows and 36000 calves were slaughtered everyday during that period and we could not stop it because we were slaves then.
However, even after independence, when Shri Tajendra Babu first became the food Minister, and then occupied the highest office of President of India, to India, to the gravest misfortune of the country and for reasons not known, he not only could not stop the slaughter, he could not even prevent it from becoming a part of the five year plans. As a result, today the people have to pay Rs. 60/- per kg for synthetic ghee and Rs. 90/- to Rs. 100/- per kg. for the so called pure but in effect adulterated and hydrogenated ghee.
The availability of fresh milk and pure ghee had started dwindling since 1925. Lest this becomes a cause of discontent amongst the people, concept of vitamins was introduced and popularised. Massive publicity was resorted to divert the attention of people from milk and ghee to vitamins. Vitamins are contained in milk as well as in food-grains too but in the name of vitamins people were to be weaned away from milk to vegetables. Hence the insistence on eating more vegetables increased. Earlier, people used to feel proud in consuming more milk, and today's generation feels proud in consuming tomatoes, cabbage and other vegetables.
After independence, the publicity of vitamins relegated and vitamins became base for injections only. Prominence was now given to protein in place of vitamins. Protein is contained in the food-grains and cereals that we eat everyday. Still under the guise of providing cheaper source of protein to the poor population through eggs, meat and fish, schemes for production of these three unhygienic things were implemented with the help of foreign debt.
It is that for remaining healthy only protein is needed? Is it that for malnutrition related diseases the only cause is deficiency of Protein?
These questions have been answered at the Govt,. level itself. In the official report on the study of public health and in the report on the Sixth Five Year Plant it is revealed that the main cause of malnutrition related diseases are calories deficiency, insufficient food and iron deficiency.
i] What is the calory content of these unhygienic and disease causing substances promoted in the name of protein? It is
73 Units per 100 grams in eggs
194 Units per 100 grams in meat
091 Units per 100 grams in fish
As against this, the food grains and cereals that we eat normally contain 335 to 360 units of calory per 100 grams.
Then what should be consumed for calories? Eggs, meat, fish or Food-grains and cereals?
ii] Are eggs etc. complete food? Do they contain sufficient nutrients? Substances which give strength to the body are calories, carbohydrates and fats. We have seen above, how meager is the calory content in eggs etc. compared to food-grains and cereals. Do they then contain more of carbohydrates and fats? Are they more nutritious? The following table clarifies that;
Carbohydrate Fats Nutrients
Eggs zero 0.6 to 1.33 27.88
Meat zero -do- 33.40
Fish zero -do- 24.11
Food grains/Cereals 56.6 to 78% 0.6 to 5.33 85.20 to 90.63
Leave aside food-grains and cereals; more compared to eggs are available in relatively unimportant substances e.g. Roasted Gram Dal and 'Kurmura' (made of rice) contain 87 units of nutrients per 100 grams. The laddoos of 'Til' and Jaggary contain 95 units of nutrients per 100 grams.
iii] Do then eggs etc. contain more of iron? Food-grains and cereals contain 2 to 9.8 milligram of iron per 100 grams whereas all the three above items which create poison in the body, contain only 0.9 to 2.5 mg. of iron!
Further, who suffers from malnutrition diseases? The rich or the poor? Can the poor, who are unable to afford food grains/cereals even when these are cheaper then eggs, meat and fish, afford to buy eggs etc? The food-grains are also costlier now with added burden of chemical fertilisers and pesticides costs. Still they are beyond the reach of poor and hence the malnutrition diseases.
Further, will the malnutrition patients, i.e. those who get less calories, less food and suffer from iron-deficiency; get strength if they are stuffed with eggs, meat and fish in the name of protein? When people do not get even a square meal, their calory deficiency cannot be taken care of by feeding them with ineffective substances like eggs. On the contrary, this increases, the deficiency of carbohydrates and fats.
If the food that we consume, does not contain sufficient carbohydrates and fats, howsoever it be supplemented by Protein, the proteins become useless; they get burnt out. Proteins can perform their function- i.e. to keep the muscles toned up only if the body gets sufficient carbohydrates and fats.
When a person becomes very weak and his blood pressure becomes low, doctors do not advise him to eat meat or eggs. They give him Glucose orally or administer Glucose intravenous. This is because Glucose is carbohydrate and it gives strength to the body.
And the basic question is whether Proteins are contained only in eggs, meat and fish? Don't the good-grains and cereals contain proteins, Yes, those do contain. The following table effectively answers this;
(Protein content per 100 grams)
Two eggs 13.3 grams
Meat 18.5 grams
Fish 22.5 grams
Moong/Arhar Dal 22.3 to 24 grams.
The advocates of meat who want to be-fool the people, lastly argue that the proteins in food-grains and cereals are of sub-standard quality, whereas the proteins in eggs, meat and fish are of a higher standard. But even the western scientists agree that when two sources of even sub-standard proteins come together, then the combined proteins become better than the so called high standard protein of meat.
Our food habits are such that we always combine two or three different food-grains or cereals i.e. Dal and Rice, Khichdi and Kadhi, Chapati and Dal, roasted Gram Dal and Kurmura etc. Thus each recipe is a combination of two or more food-grains/cereals and thus we do consume high standard protein. But our thinking has been blunted by the western publicity onslaught and in particular the educated class has now a firm belief that whatever is foreign is good and whatever is ours and native is had.
The Govt. coffers which are filled with the hard earned money of the people (what can be aptly described as Khoon, Pasine Ki Kamai); the same money is used in promoting the publicity of things which will increase the sickness of those very people. To undertake such publicity and to let others also do it is nothing but cheating, pretence and misuse of public funds.
Under whose pressure the Govt. is planning large scale publicity and production of these substances whose consumption gives sickness instead of nutrition? The answer perhaps lies in an article by Shri Rajni Kothari published in 'Sandesh' on 3rd May, 1987.
The Indians have faced the military attack from aliens for more then two thousand years. For the past 200 years, the culture of this country is under attack, not with weapons, but with misguiding propaganda. This false propaganda has made us forget our culture and its various facts.
The strength which is available from food-grains, fresh milk and pure ghee is not available from non-vegetarian food. The capability of food-grains, cereals, fresh milk and pure ghee to make people strong, keep them healthy and give them energy is never challenged. But the western scientists who themselves are very much the consumers of eggs, meat and fish have challenged the capability of these as sources of strength and also declared them as sources of disease.
Unfortunately, the population of this country is being ruled for the past 48 years by persons who have destroyed the fertility of the pious land of this country which was once considered the most rich land in the world. They have done this by wrongly conceived, unscientific agriculture policy and propagating eggs, meat and fish in the name of protein. They have created famine of food-brains, fresh milk, pure ghee and dry fruits as well.
These politicians are unable to provide people with a daily quota of 400 grams of Bajra, 100grams of Tuvar or Urad dal and one liter if fresh milk which can provide all the necessary calories and other nutrients to the body. These politicians are capable of only one thing-borrowing from foreign countries, following their advice and mortgaging the future of this country to the world Bank.
The culture of this country is under attack, not with weapons but with foreign propaganda and the accomplices are the 'Amichands' of this country. These Amichands are too much willing to help the foreign powers to destroy the culture with the sole aim of clinging to power.
Article 51 A of the Indian Constitution has cast a duty on each citizen of this country to preserve and protect the sacred culture of our country. The common people may not perceive the unprecedented attack on our culture. But each intelligent person in the nation should see through this attack and caution the people against it and thus fulfill his constitutional obligation. The people who do not fulfill their fundamental duty, remain indifferent to it; even remain callous; are bound to lose their fundamental rights also.
Source : Article From 'Sixth World Jain Conference' ( 1995) Souvenir