Category Archive: India
Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under India.
- Following up on previous reports, vegetarian Mumbai gentry continue to oppress meat eaters, kicking them out of housing and shopping malls, etc. It’s kind of hard to imagine this happening anywhere else!
- There’s a new kid on the vegan shoe block. NOHARM shoes are handmade in Italy, and are aiming for the Stella McCartney end of the market with prices starting at $275 a pair. They make a lot of nice-looking men’s dress shoes, which is great, cause almost no one else does. But for all their talk of ethics and eco-friendly packaging, NOHARMS still seem to be made of evil PVC, just like your kicks from Payless
- A new scientific study reveals that multiple stab wounds may be harmful to monkeys. As with everything tested on animals, the same thing is certainly true for humans, so be careful with the kitchen knife when prepping that Puppy Beef or Kitty Beef for dinner. (Hat tip to The PETA Files.)
- Today’s NY Times “Dining & Wine” section has a big “happy meat” article that gives a nice bit of ink to Gene Baur and the good folks at the Farm Sanctuary but also indulges crap like this:
“From the chef’s perspective it comes down to, ‘Yeah, the steak looks good but why is it not performing?’ ” Mr. Perry Lang said. “It’s because of how the animal was raised and handled. That’s not animal rights, but it is animal welfare.”
Dr. Benjamin Spock, humanitarian.
Gopal Kumar Goyal, Chairman, MDLR Airlines
Airlines may not be segregated for vegetarians as Sri N. Sugalchand proposed earlier this year, but vegetarians in India will soon be able to fly more comfortably. MDLR Airlines is marketing itself as India’s first pure vegetarian airline. They plan to begin operating this month with two 70-seater aircraft flying between Chandigarh, New Delhi, Ranchi and Kolkata, and then expand to other cities such as Mumbai, Goa, Surat and Bhavnagar. MDLR Chairman Gopal Kumar Goyal said the airline promises to “provide a wide variety of multi-cuisine vegetarian specialties.”
This is a great step for India – and I can’t even express how glad I am that vegetarians won’t have to be subjected to “special, picky-eaters” seating. But for all of us not living in or traveling around India, we’ll still be stuck researching veg meals for a while.
A more innocent time: when veg mental torture wasn’t a polite topic of conversation.
A vegetarian family from Surat, India was awarded a 118,000 rupee (about $2,680) settlement from Denmark’s SAS Scandinavian Airlines for “racial remarks, misbehavior and mental torture” inflicted on them when they requested veg airline food.
When I recently traveled to Europe, I requested vegan meals with United Airlines upon booking my flight; but both there and back, my meals “were [mysteriously] not boarded.” After some minor finagling, a flight attendant brought me one of the first-class “snack baskets” stuffed with three pounds of crazy Euro fruit; about a half hour later, a different flight attendant brought me a tomato and smoked tofu sandwich! It wasn’t a ‘sNice club or anything, but it tasted incredible in context. So I say risk the torture and demand to be served like other customers–the guy next to me got a “low fat/low sodium” meal with no problems. And if they’re jerks to you, file a complaint and win thousands of dollars. (And read the labels on those snack mixes because a lot of them are cheesy.)
Do you know that hotels and restaurants in India are required to post red or green stickers on all food, to indicate if it’s vegetarian or not? Neither do many restaurants and hotels in India (or at least Lucknow), according to the Hindustan Times. But still, what a wonderful idea!
I had trouble finding much background on the stickering scheme. Please comment if you know any more about this.