Dr. Sylvia Karpagam – India’s Vegetarian Myth

My guest on this episode is Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, who is an Indian Public Health doctor, writer, illustrator and researcher with an inter-religion, inter-caste, and inter-language background. We talk about:

  • Causes of malnutrtion in india, including withholding of nutritious animal foods.
  • How 80% of India actually eats meat and it’s a myth that it is a vegetarian country.
  • How the EAT/Lancet group are co-opting and feeding off this myth.
  • Role of dominant castes and how they influence traditional eating and policy
  • How until recently, a ‘love of animals’ hasn’t figured in the explanation of this behaviour.
  • How eating beef has resulted in lynching and murder.

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Sylvia can be found at:

Blog – https://drsylviakarpagam.wordpress.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sakie339

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The researcher that Sylvia references is Balmurli Natarajan whose paper is called “‘Provincialising’ Vegetarianism Putting Indian Food Habits In Their Place”.