Hindus eat meat, with rice

Here we go again - stereotyping Hindus as vegetarians by "tradition or religion" ("Vegetarians, this is your moment!", 2 April). Salil Tripathi should know that there are very many Hindus who are enthusiastic meat-eaters by tradition. He should read (or reread) the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - the most revered of all the sacred Vedanta - the fountainhead of Hinduism. Not only does it advocate the consumption of meat, but it lays down clearly that the meat in question must be beef (or veal). In case the injunction should be misunderstood, the text also specifies the recipe - to be cooked with rice and ghee.

Manish Ghosh

This article first appeared in the 09 April 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Duel for the Tube