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Shivraj Chauhan ji, Listen to Gandhiji, Give Eggs to Those Kids

He who can take milk should have no objection to taking sterile eggs: Mahatma Gandhi

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(Photo Courtesy: <a href="A screenshot from the Monogram entitled Moral Basis of Vegetarianism. ">Biography.com</a>)

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on May 31 had said: “Milk and bananas will be served, but never eggs’’ after he dismissed a proposal to include either egg curry or boiled eggs in anganwadi meals. Probably because a large part of the Indian population in the country, like Chouhan, considers eggs to be a non-vegetarian food item.

But Chouhan probably didn’t know that the “Father of the Nation”, Mahatma Gandhi wouldn’t agree with him. India’s most-famous ambassador for vegetarianism, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) wrote in a monogram entitled the Moral Basis of Vegetarianism that eggs are as vegetarian or non-vegetarian as milk.

(Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://gandhiashramsabarmati">Gandhi Ashram Sabarmati</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Gandhi Ashram Sabarmati)

Milk is an animal product and cannot by any means be included in a strictly vegetarian diet. Eggs are regarded by the layman as a flesh food. In reality, they are not. Nowadays sterile eggs are also produced. The hen is not allowed to see the cock and yet it lays eggs. A sterile egg never develops into a chick. Therefore, he who can take milk should have no objection to taking sterile eggs.
– Mahatma Gandhi

A screenshot from the Monogram entitled <em><a href="http://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/moralbasis_vegetarianism.pdf">Moral Basis of Vegetarianism</a>.&nbsp;</em>
A screenshot from the Monogram entitled Moral Basis of Vegetarianism

While Gandhi did end up shunning both milk and eggs from his vegetarian diet, it wasn’t completely successful as his health kept deteriorating. At the end of it, he began to consume goat’s milk but continued to hope that one day somewhere in the world, someone would find a vegetarian alternative to milk.

A screenshot from the Monogram entitled <em><a href="http://www.mkgandhi.org/ebks/moralbasis_vegetarianism.pdf">Moral Basis of Vegetarianism</a>. </em>
A screenshot from the Monogram entitled Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.

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