Support Dolly Vyas-Ahuja in Making the Documentary Film In the Land of Ahimsa

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja is making a documentary film about dairy production in India, also known as the Land of Ahimsa. As we all know, dairy production is the ultimate antithesis of the principles of Ahimsa and yet India boasts the dubious honor of being #1 in dairy production in the world and one of the top 3 exporters of beef.

Donate generously and let us watch this film as soon as possible.

Here is a trailer of the film.

To learn more about  Dolly and the film visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dollys-Universe-of-Ahimsa-392520384556112

The film Dolly is making is nearly complete and needs just a small amount of  financial support. You may learn more about Dolly and the film project at the below videos.

For donating to complete The Land of Ahimsa, please visit  her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tek5gs-the-land-of-ahimsa

For an interview by Carissa Kranz – Laws That Matter – visit https://www.facebook.com/dolly.vyasahuja/posts/1461490910703516

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja at the World Vegan Conference 2019 in India.

Dolly Vyas-Ahuja speaks as the chief guest at World Vegan Vision Thanksgiving  Celebration 2019 at the Consulate of India in New York.

 

Newark Urban VegFest

Yesterday, I visited the Newark Urban VegFest. For a relatively small VegFest, it was a success. At least 200 people were present at about 3PM and there were a couple of dozen or so vendors. Most notable nonprofit was The Save Movement of Newark. They meet every other Thursday in a cafe in Newark. They provided brochures from PETA and others.

PETA leaflet on Dairy

A novel food item was peanut puff, a snack item made from rice, soybeans and peanuts. It came in 3 flavors and was fat free, too. Texture was like cheese doodles. They are named Perfect Life Nutrition. (www.pnuff.com), available on smile.amazon.com

A photo album is here.

Other food vendors present were

The Mexi Boys vegan Mexican

Dream Greens, a hydroponic farm in Newark growing salad greens, aerofarms.com

How Delish, a vegan desert vendor – www.howdelishhd.com

Blueprint Cafe of Neark

CornKrush – puddings with fresh corn

JuiceForUs

CariBreeze – vegan Caribbean food

Gangster Vegan T-Shirts

Lady M Vegeliscious – had the longest line of people waiting for her food, about 20 people in line.

Global Vegan Cafe, a caterer soon to come to Rahway NJ with American and Indian food, too.

On Sat/Sun Aug 10/11, 2019 there will be a Black Veg Fest – www.blackvegfest.org

It was a perfect day to visit a VegFest in a park. Only issue was parking which was non-existent on streetsa and was available only in a parking garage. It is funny how locals handle this having to pay for parking to visit a park.

 

 

 

 

Dairy and Hindus

I had an interesting evening yesterday and met a gentleman who is a leader in a local HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangha) chapter (shakha).

After I mentioned that I am involved with World Vegan Vision, we started discussing the issue of dairy and vegetarian Indians. He said that in India, it is an ancient tradition to treat the cow as a motherly animal and the cow provided milk as part of her position in the household, etc. I replied that there is no need to have a second mother in a normal household. To me, it simply looked like a purely economics based arrangement, use the female cows for milk and the male cows for farming and transportation.  He said that the cow provided emotional support and that even US doctors recommend pets for the same, too.

It is sad that people go to great lengths to justify to their own sonscience the continued use of dairy in the Indian diet and lifestyle. It may have been justified a few hundred years ago when there was no refrigeration and no transportation to make food available year round and a cow maybe a local resource for food and there was no knowledge about cholesterol, either. However, considering the fact that not a single species in the animal kingdom drinks the milk of its own mother beyond the first few weeks/months of life itself raises a big question about the place of dairy in a human diet. And, if the special symbiotic and love filled motherly relationship with the cow created by Indian Gods for Indians, led by Lord Krishna himself, is really a genuine relationship, then the question still remains for domesticating and milking goat, sheep, buffalos, camels, yaks and a few other such docile animals. Also, the cow as a motherly member of the household argument does not hold water when today, practically no household ever sees a live cow and the holy mother’s loving gifts are extracted round the clock on a milking carousel in a filthy dairy farm somewhere in the countryside where no one can visit the mother even if they traveled that far.

The good news is that Hindus are waking up. The same gentleman informed me that his daughter and other children wrote a letter to the Balaji temple in Bridgewater, NJ to stop the weekly bathing (Abhishek) of the deities in the temple using hundreds of gallons of milk and the temple complied by cutting it down to a few gallons. That is very encouraging on 2 fronts. First, that the temple listened which is a big accomlishment in itself and even more importantly, that the children did not find the practice of consigning hundreds of gallons of milk to the sewer justified for any logical reason.

I provided a couple of URLs to the gentleman and urged him to look into encouraging his daughter to start a vegan club at her high school (http://bit.ly/vegclub)and to let her look at the videos on out page at (http://bit.ly/quitmilk) and to be informed about the cruelty involved in the production of the cheese on the pizza and the milk and cream in the ice cream the children like so much. Let us hope that the images of the suffering animals will make the children be vegan someday.