International Meatless Day 2017: Aamir Khan, Narendra Modi Support Dada Vaswani’s Mission to Go Veg
Every year, November 25th is celebrated as International Meatless Day. The tradition was first started in 1986 by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission which aimed to serve mankind, especially the poor. Over the years, the campaign has met with success and millions of individuals have sent their pledges to the Sadhu Vaswani Mission to go meatless on this day. Meatless Day is largely observed by India and the Asian Pacific Rim Nations. In India, the governments of four states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – have issued instructions for the closure of slaughter-houses as well as butchers’ shops on 25th November every year, in their respective states. Efforts to increase awareness about this initiative is also on through print, broadcast and television advertising. Several eminent personalities, including Prime Miniter Narendra Modi and actor Aamir Khan, have come forward to promote the message of observing November 25 as International Meatless Day.
November 25 is also called International Vegetarian Day and is a significant day for Animal Right’s groups. Sadhu Vaswani was a visionary Indian educationist who strongly advocated the universal practice of vegetarian living. When he passed away in 1966, he handed over the responsibility to Dada Vaswani. Dada Vaswani is a universally acclaimed humanitarian, philosopher, educator, writer, powerful orator, a messiah of ahimsa, and non-sectarian spiritual leader. He has also been working in the field of promotion of vegetarianism and animal rights. He currently is the spiritual head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission founded by his guru, Sadhu TL Vaswani. Interestingly, Dada Vaswani’s birthday on August 2nd is celebrated as a Global Forgiveness Day. A day before the International Meatless Day, Twitter is abuzz with people who are expressing their views on this celebration. Here is what they are saying:
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Several Twitter users support the initiative:
— Sagar Tank (@SagarTank9) November 24, 2017
Other urged their followers to go meatless on November 25:
— Anup Sukumaran (@AnupSukumaran) November 23, 2017
Animals also have a right to live, said the Twitterati:
— Shikha Khanduja Kaul (@shikhakaul10) November 24, 2017
Some vehemently oppose it:
I will eat more meat on 25th Nov..Vegetarianism is a Curse on Humanity..it leads to mental retardation…Sri Krishna was Kshatriya and non vegetarian…
— jyotiray (@jyotiray) November 23, 2017
Some offer a neutral perspective:
Though I will also eat more meat on 25thNov but I respect freedom of thoughts of each person..so nothing is curse..neither non veg nor veg..it’s choice..just like animals…plants & vegetation also HV life..and we survive on a food cycle..that’s nature..
— Ayan (@Ayanalysis) November 24, 2017
Some oppose the advertising:
Instead of “Men”, Humans should have been the word. If you write Men have their rights, what about Women? It would be a sexist comment. pic.twitter.com/QhAfh3s8WO
— Sandeep Parkhi (@sparkhi) November 24, 2017
Born in 1918, Dada Vaswani has dedicated his life to humanitarian work and has authored over 150 self-help books. The 99-year old was a brilliant student and pursued an MSc thesis on ‘The scattering of X-Rays by solids’, which was examined by Nobel laureate CV Raman. He, however, gave up his academics to follow the footsteps of his inspirational uncle Sadhu TL Vaswani. Vegetarianism is not an end in itself. It is only a means to an end. The end, the goal is the Vision of the One-in-all,’ says a message on the Sadhu Vaswani Mission website.