Shivraj Singh Chouhan should listen to his cabinet colleague — on fish, frog’s legs

Animal Husbandry minister shares stage with Madhya Pradesh CM, says fish nutritious, frog legs tasty.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: June 2, 2015 7:52 am
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan may have blocked inclusion of eggs in anganwadi meals, but his Animal Husbandry Minister Kusum Mehdele can’t seem to stop raving about the virtues of eating frog legs and fish.

Mehdele and Chouhan, a strict vegetarian, shared the stage Monday at a state-level convention of fishermen, organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya in Jabalpur.

Though the Cabinet minister stopped short of prescribing fish for anganwadis, she said it was a great way to tackle malnutrition among children and, for that matter, everyone else.

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In comments that made many in the audience laugh, she said, “You must have eaten, or at least heard about how tasty frog legs are.” She added that she was a non-vegetarian who loved fish and saw nothing wrong in talking about it in public. “Let’s all eat fish so that fishermen make money,” she said.

She went on to say that she would “soon make the whole of Madhya Pradesh machhlimay (full of fish) and kachhuamay (full of tortoises)”.

When contacted, Mehdele said there was nothing wrong if those who eat non-vegetarian at home are provided fish or other non-vegetarian dishes.

Chouhan’s speech, meanwhile, steered clear of any mention of food. The CM spoke about how the government would protect the interests of fishermen by providing interest-free loans. The CM also said the fishermen’s job was very difficult and the government would provide accident insurance worth Rs 2 lakh to them.

Chouhan recently shot down a proposal to include either egg curry or boiled eggs in anganwadi meals on a pilot basis in the tribal areas of Alirajpur, Mandla and Hoshangabad districts.

Later, a press release issued by the directorate of public relations made no mention of what Mehdele said in her speech. It only acknowledged her presence, saying she “also spoke”.

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    Anand
    Jun 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm
    Misconceptions among people that being non-veg is the only way. Do these people or reporters know how much protein, vitamins, fiber, carbs, etc. should be consumed by a person specific to his/her lifestyle? Based on that, how much do these folks think an Olympic wrestler should have daily consumption of these ingredients? What if that Olympian happens to be Sushil Kumar, who is a vegetarian and has won medals in two consecutive appearances in Olympic games? He is going strong for upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic games! The need of the hour is to understand the ingredients our body is getting from the things we eat and vegetarian diets provide everything. We have to be actively monitoring what we eat daily. Folks need to understand there is a huge cost paid (by the nature) for raising animals for human consumption and we can't keep taking from mother earth. It's a basic arithmetic where animals are feed vegetable diet which is multiple times more compared to what a human would consume on a daily basis. Apart from this, water and other resources are required to raise the animals. And the most concerning point is that "highly unregulated antibiotics" are given to these animals to keep them healthy for , and the poultry industry is notorious in this practice all over the world! I agree that Govt. meals programs should make every effort to provide a balanced vegetarian diet.
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      NK
      Jun 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm
      And your solution is to send them to slaughter houses? Aren't you one smart feminist.
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        prashant
        Jun 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm
        EVEN NEPAL 100% HINDU COUNTRY IS NOT VEGETARIANS
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          Nambrath Krishna
          Jun 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm
          People cross the limit of 'ic level' when they react on decision, Britishers have left 67 years back but its followers still latch on to vestiges. Government never imposed ban on beef. English media used the nomenclature whereas government asked opinion on proposal of mere cow-slaughter ban as in Sanskrit and many north Indian language cow is being addressed as 'GOW-MATA' - equating cow to 'mother' the most revered relation of human relationship. This apart cow has many human friendly features such as - no other milk could benefits of pure cow milk, cow is included in many Ayurvedic preparations, cow-dung also has got useful features, desi-ghee made out of cow milk has great medicinal values. Lunkheads make noise after animal varieties get to the verge of extinction, isn't it better to save such an useful animal to get to that brink??
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            Nambrath Krishna
            Jun 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm
            You mention Gadkari because he had admitted openly what about those who use more harmful fertilisers, even carcinogens on plants??
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