Prime Minister of India and Indian Independence Activist
One can't be kind to one person and cruel to another.
One has got to choose between the two evils, also between the lesser of the two evils in the matter of food, and therefore vegetarian food has got to be taken by man in order to sustain human life.
Taking of milk 'r honey can be justified because there we do not inflict any cruelty is we do this in a humane way without killing others.
The vegetarian movement is an ancient movement and is not quite a modern one.
Therefore, I do not want to emphasize that aspect of the reasons which call for vegetarianism as that which is appropriate for man's food habits.
Therefore, vegetarianism alone can give us the quality of com-passion, which distinguishes man from the rest of the animal world.
We should propagate the values of vegetarianism.
After all, is it right for those who consider that man, to be man, must be humane, and if that is granted then he should be so towards everybody.
You are quite correct in saying that I banned the export of monkeys on a humanitarian basis and not because the number was lessening. I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.
As a matter of fact more land is required for feeding animals which are required for eating; but this again is a controversial point.
For those who believe in God the matter is simpler still and clearly than anything else: because those who believe in God believe that God is the Creator of the whole Universe and there is nothing that does not come from Him.
From this it follows that consideration for other persons or for other living beings is very vital for goodness and want of consideration for other people makes human beings selfish, regardless for other people's good.
I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.
I do not say that one who is vegetarian is full of compassion and one who is not, is otherwise. We sometimes find people, who are vegetarians, are very bad people.
I do not want to go into its physical reasons: the construction of the human body is different from that of carnivorous animals. But man's intelligence is such that it can be utilized to defend any-thing he does, whether right or wrong.
In the early ages, I believe not much thought was given to what man is and what his real functions should be, and what is the real purpose of his life.
It is, therefore, a fact that anybody who wants to realize Truth or who wants to be humane, must follow non-violent ways of life, otherwise he will not be able to reach the Truth.
Self-help must precede help from others. Even for making certain of help from heaven, one has to help oneself.