8th Mile, Mysore Road
R. V. College Post
Bangalore 560 059
November 22, 1997
"Young World" supplement
Messrs. Kasturi & Sons
Madras 600 002
It has been rather disturbing to read the column "Forsaken Friends"
that has been appearing in "Young World" for the last month or
more. The views in this column can only be described as extremist.
It is doubtless true that:
1. The breeding of animals and the cultivation of plants needs to
be done in a more ecologically sustainable way.
2. That Man has adopted cruel ways in dealing with all animals
3. A diet that consists largely of foods that come lower in the food
chain (like meat, fish etc.) is unhealthy.
That children need to learn this to create a better world as they
grow is again incontestable. What is dubious is that this can be
achieved by taking an extreme position whereby a majority of the earth's
population (just take all the Chinese who are non-vegetarians) would
It is very important to convey to children (and adults!) the need for
dialogue and debate on issues so that alternative means of survival
and livelihood can be found for those engaged in activities that are
contrary to ones' ideology. Extremism ought to have no place in such
K. H. Paranjape