To celebrate killing [Deepavali]

Such events of killing and counter-killing should not become occasions for celebration that will only serve to remind representative groups of their inimical relationship. And even if wrong cultural practices continue as festivals, the state must remain aloof.

We now have definite scholarly groups to own the representative images of Ravana and Narakasura. At least this must make people re-think the narrative of why we celebrate Diwali as a festival of death but not life.

I was born/raised Hindu, in Mauritius but I learned most of Hinduism from Vedas, Upanishads etc. in South Africa as that is where I lived as an adult and more easily found translations or time to read. I was raised within Tamil Brahminist institutions (temples and organisations run by Tamil Hindus) except that I was told at home that the myth I hear in the media or at school is not why we celebrate Deepavali, there’s a solstice-related reason (like Samhain but on the night with no moon that follows it) and people made a colourist myth about it in North India. But it’s not only that. None of those Hindu cultures admit that the Ramayana is anti-feminist and the impact goes beyond India, Indian diaspora & Hindu cultures. It’s worth nothing that the victory of good over evil aka light over darkness is in fact the light-skinned man killing his wife’s dark-skinned kidnapper who sought revenge for the mutilation of his sister by the man and his younger brother who acted on the latter’s wishes.

While it’s not like Thanksgiving aka Thankgenocide, there is Hindu right-wing violence against Dalits and tribal minorities in India that is unreported, and non-Dalits hardly speak against those but speak against reservations (reparations). Though they’re Bahujan themselves, diasporic people I know who travel there don’t know or don’t care, much like the white people I’ve known to travel there and get assimilated with Hinduism. Had I known about these realities I would have, when I still could, wanted to travel there and meet random people. Since no one is reporting even the extreme violence, Dalits themselves do and in India they’re doing a great job of informing the world about what is going on, all one needs to do is be aware and be open to listening. Here is a great introduction (no captions, in English sometimes translated from Hindi) also speaks about the use of #DalitWomenFight

This is the views of someone who is Hindu but bothered by the colourism. It’s not great but still far better than the message we’re accustomed to. If one tries to see it from that sort of perspective, it’s as if even the sky didn’t care about giving the country sunlight, at a time when in any case we ought to be mourning bats and their massacre. How can just about anyone be celebrating alongside the Government?

This article made me wonder about how things changed here, and on the same day I found out that Reunion island only started to celebrate Dipavali 20 years ago (said the news insert and the person who is said to have started the trend). Our demographics is different for sure and they still do Hindu animal sacrifices I think.

Do people still fail to realise that Divali, Diwali or Deepavali is the sacrifice of many calves so they can have dairy sweets? It’s probably more than we think there must also be a waste with all the capitalism around the festival. The grander it gets the more it kills. People seem blissful around me, but not ignorant as I’ve been saying it for years while sharing vegan recipes, quite futile as they would order what the caterer has. Typically here a celebrator would share sweets with neighbours of all faiths (and they in turn look forward to that), distant and near relatives. It’s really location-based but people would travel distances to 3-4 areas.

It’s hard to expect that to change, it’s hard to expect those on the receiving end to not receive their guests. I’m an exception in that my body rejected sugar and many things over a decade ago. An observation which first made me skeptical of the celebrations: in all their happy generosity, never did anyone include my restricted diet or even get a recipe from this blog to feed me just one thing. Once I did binge on my authentic South Indian cousin-in-law’s fantastic savoury homemade snacks (and get quite ill as I can’t digest it but I’m not allergic) but last year I realised the other issues associated with Deepavali and I will not miss it. I do miss her as I would love the opportunity to talk about Indian culture with someone who may be more informed than anybody here and knows Tamil.

So I was raised vegetarian but I surely did as much harm as any meateater, there are figures to back it up.

While I looked for figures, Beirut and Paris attacks happened, and earthquakes in Mexico and Japan; my thoughts are with mourners and sufferers as well as those triggered by the events, who were in Garissa or the Nepali; and Syrians, refugees and those who will suffer in the aftermath. While institutions are condemning maiming and killing by ISIS/ISIL (but don’t habitually do so for Muslim countries where most of their atrocities are perpetrated), I’m concerned about the complete silence over how disabled people coped or struggled. Of course they’re the first casualties but I hope stories of solidarity and survival too will surface. In Palestine during the shooting of a documentary by white people, disabled people in wheelchairs were shot by the Israeli army and sustained severe injuries. I forgot the name of the documentary but I’ll never forget the scene and faces.

A related observation to the Paris attacks is that in the French department next to here, there was sadness, shock, Days of Mourning, as on our Francophone island, but they are France. Life nonetheless carried on as usual, for instance concerts, but the Dipavali week-end celebrations were cancelled or something their news insert said. I wonder if, in these sad and stressful times, it’s too strange to be celebrating killing in a very festive manner.

Tokenism and animal whites

This post is my conclusion and reflections about my being tokenised as a disabled non-black vegan of colour (the only disabled and the only POC in that process where there were no indigenous, black or mixed people either) by the South African Vegan Society (SAVS) director who moved to //Hui !Gaeb and seemed to take all the decisions end 2011/start of 2012, I witnessed him doing so and being allowed to do it. I may owe some people I involved in the One Struggle 2012 conference (OS2012) an apology; then everyone who knew the SAVS director other than through the web, as I did, owes me one too. This is also relevant to the annual South African Anarchist Bookfair (pka Capetown; the same animal whites activists, aka white AR activists, organised it as far as I have seen before 2015).

What entitled white people entity don’t pass the blame onto IBPOC for anything that goes wrong? Tokenism is convenient, as is the apathy around it. In this case (I had been the only POC engaged in the movement for some 5 years so the first fact was unsurprising) I was the only non-white, and the only one who brought up access, the focus was intersectionality but accessibility was deliberately not taken seriously by them. Those who know me know I’d have tried my best but when white people have an agenda, it goes as they planned.

I got threatened by the white man in question against speaking of him, and white women involved, who knew, didn’t care. The largely-white //Hui !Gaeb vegan community will perhaps blame me for calling out someone they consider valuable or put on a pedestal. I’m neither of those things (having an intersectional life, I’m the only one who calls out shit since someone has to do it, how much they value that is surely not at all). At least this will be the case among the post-racial SAVS directors (of 2012) and other animal whites, I’m thinking of the animal whites I interacted with over email, Jo’burg-based SAVS directors whose input were always factored into the organising process, delaying a process for an “intersectional” event in Capetown, the irony masked by the contribution of design work by them.

I can’t travel, unlike white AR/vegans I knew who gave me no information that would make me be skeptical of SAVS – the only vegan body deemed “intersectional”. Until 2011ish the SAVS was an “ally” theatre based in Johannesburg. So when some of the directors moved to my city, while getting to know them, I accepted to co-organise OS2012 which was branded “intersectional” before the least attempt of including an indigenous, black or non-white person in their organising. Of course on their directors’ mailing list, one couldn’t be sure whom one is dealing with until one realises all the respondents must be white and indeed they were. In any country, opposing anti-indigeneity and anti-blackness should’ve been at the crux of their (alleged) anti-racist concerns.

Some speakers did the indigenous/black-centering work for them or tried – I never got to hear some speakers, I heard one indigenous/mixed POC left in anger after her talk, I don’t know why, I didn’t hear back from her. I never had access to videos SAVS made of the talks (for a conference that I put voluntary work in, ironic? and let’s forget decency..) though I’d remained close friends with one organiser. The white post-racial SAVS I experienced only sometimes put on an ally costume, and before I found that out, they’d also asked me to join their board of directors. So I asked the directors in my city about their prior process to determine if it had been a fair offer, the white man and unofficial/only spokesperson, said no one comes to their meetings or have interest in co-directing, he mentioned a meeting I hadn’t heard about – this was strange considering Capetownians mostly used a forum I co-founded and moderate (then thus, I was reading every post as I still tend to) to promote such events in our city. He added that most who have worked with him (the ones I encountered were white women) burn out mysteriously. I very naively took his word for it, I did some SAVS and The Missing Bookshelf (his personal business though it sells A Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan so one tends to think it’s not so bad or that maybe I’d get to read the book at last) market stalls in 2011, coming across a few complaints (high SAVS membership fees with the promise of T-shirts that people never receive), I did it as an animal ally.

As an unemployed disabled vegan not-on-welfare and being aware of this, even I got conned into paying membership. With other Capetown AR/AA organisations, there had never been pressure, it was tacitly understood that some of us can merely give our time and pay the odd event entry or rarely buy a DVD or book, very rarely because we’d share. When I explained this, I was told, as a ‘counterargument’ (of a few which were personal rants of his against these other NGOs’ chairs, white too), that OS2012 would be free only for SAVS members, that they had not worked out the entry fee yet; it turns out it was free after all and I ended up co-organising it. As unpaid work (as it goes in our part of the world), I organised some speakers and local connections, the 2 co-organisers I knew being ‘new in Capetown’ but of course they did know people, the others weren’t new; this being an intersectional conference they had to use a POC in the process and saying they were struggling or didn’t know many people was a way for them to get access to my resources. The 3 white organisers echoed all of the white man’s decisions, 2 weeks before the event he shifted the event timetable so one speaker (from a minority gender identity organisation) was forced to decline and another, a single-mother, was allocated a time without checking with her, noteworthy that there was to be a panel debate at the end of all talks but the white man who decided the timetable without confirming with any speakers, put himself as the last speaker, when he was available the whole day and someone else was usually allocated all the work. The white organisers started to have meetings at short-notice and knowingly during times I was unavailable for health reasons, pretending they forgot I was when I was available the rest of those same days. It became impossible not to quit and I apologised to speakers I was dealing with, simply warning them that someone else will take over all my communications.

My name had been affiliated with OS2012 on social media, was removed and of course not a word was said on that, at least not that I knew. In any case it tarnishes my image to be associated with them, perhaps less so to seem to have been unreliably associated if IBPOCs know what kind of whites they are. Aside from another director who was well-aware of all that went on, another organisation’s chair had seen but probably not heard details when him & I argue for a while in hushed voices outside the event when he was invested in gaslighting me. I should’ve long spoken of what happened but I had received threats by the white man in charge of the opinions of all organisers and SAVS directors, so that I would not even tell anyone else in the vegan community and in even my own communities, e.g. he had seduced a close disabled friend of mine. In the end I had almost no one to talk to about this in my circle of friends & vegans that got decimated.

Discussions around anti-blackness/ anti-indigineity were had been first hurdle: they were going to make money off what they deemed to be a non-issue (but it was colourism & I then deemed them to be disinterested in money-making, discussions proved it was not ignorance on their part. The whitey already knew my views and stressed that identity politics should be screwed, linking Jarach in his defense and the other directors supported him or remained silent. It isn’t Jarach I linked, have a read whether or not you’re familiar. By the way do these animals whites/anarchists always use a black or brown woman’s image in their event promotions and what do the black or brown women have to say about it? – The latter never seem to be co-organisers or decision-makers, neither are men of colour or intersex folks. In 2012 they featured a living black woman, I did try to ask but I don’t know who she was or if she was aware that she was on an event poster for free presumably. Then this with 2 non-white folks, was the event promotion poster graphic (uncredited), it was changed immediately before the 2014 Anarchist Bookfair:

2014 cta bookfair

Ironically, it seems a bit like the token that gets discarded at the last moment. Access obviously needs serious consideration (this is US-based – they were happy to use the talk in event promotion (and in fact used it for their future events like the Anarchist Bookfair, the last being by the same enabled animal whites) but they couldn’t even do something as simple as chalk out disabled parking at a venue that had none and was adjacent to a busy public beach while the event was on the weekend. There was also a “joke” that the white man in charge of the other directors knew sign language (when I asked what languages he spoke, with a plain face he told this “joke” I couldn’t tell was one until we talked about access needs weeks later!) but in reality no one knew SASL and no interpreter was arranged. We all know about the fake interpreter (that was much later) but what’s a privileged white guy’s excuse to make such a ‘joke’ or pretend he knew sign language? One of their subsequent Anarchist bookfairs was co-organised by an acquaintance of mine and to her, I reiterated what I had said before, even offered to send access guidelines (bearing in mind access is a basic need, this is about inclusion and not to promote their free event). They only specified in the event after that that the venue has a few steps at the entrance besides being wheelchair accessible(!!). The erasure of me then gaslighting had also been about access, they wanted to use the “ally” talk only, threatening me was thus ok. For no reason, I was blocked from SAVS’ facebook for months and tacitly banned from the restaurant they took over, I was uncomfortable going to any events where I would meet that director – the man who threatened me in Feb ’12, lest I speak of what happened around the ‘intersectional’ OS2012? They’d also not refund my membership which I wanted donated to a worthwhile animal sanctuary or an activist.

It was essentially an event by the SAVS who used and discarded the only disabled POC to avoid providing access (not for me but generally) amidst an event they still called “intersectional” and this may be unrelated but after postponing this blogpost for months, by mistake it was published very briefly, no views (perhaps an email subscriber) and I’m trying to recover from being hacked. It is vague whether I have been threatened about speaking of my experience with them, or for instance speak anything “about him” (his words) so e.g. I couldn’t then remark that in 2015 he was capitalising on the #RhodesMustFall Black students-led movement, he reposted a photo of a comment left by a racist on a board on the protest grounds. He was of course criticising the racist’s statement that Apartheid is over when months sooner he had no qualms making money from or reselling ‘I benefitted from Apartheid’ T-shirts, which his business bolo’bolo kept praising. In the South African vegan or anarchist movement, some who work/ed alongside him can see what he is doing but they are perfectly fine with it or they think that something else he does compensates. I had no physical spoons to debate this within the forum I moderate (with no help whatsoever), but he had the nerve to keep promoting his events and trying to explicitly recruit volunteers from there, I recall the event was at and co-organised with white UCT (University of Capetown) or the vegan academics there who have a history.

I was unclearly told the SAVS has now changed or that there’s an additional person involved but all animal whites (especially those representing oppressive agents) have responsibilities. However they’d see other animal whites tokenising IBPOC or abusing of my time and energy like 269life scum, and won’t say a thing and they’ll even insist for me to promote their traps then have a shot at gaslighting when I refuse to be on the fence about them or to be on their side. Animal whites suck by happy affiliations with scum. If one isn’t happily affiliated or being a sycophant to scum, I guess they’re not an ‘animal white’ then, they’re a white vegan.

I want to disengage more and more from //Hui !Gaeb’s animal whites and others who don’t realise that oppressive mechanisms need them to polish their image. I don’t get why you need a McDonaldisation of the vegan movement and why someone wanting decentralised grassroots efforts in that environment is called divisive. In fact I want to disengage with the maintream AR movement worldwide that is predominantly white. I saw an academic piece by a white academic vegan it seems to be saying that POC ought to be part of the movement and I’m yet to read it so I’m not expressing my thoughts but can already tell that it’s not for him to say what POC ought to or not do (sure I think he said it’s for other countries and it was the abstract but it’s very clear this is how it comes across and those countries are similar, in fact the animal whites are all big buddies, like this academic and others are buddies with my oppressor) and both movements referred to are problematic. It seems also to be erasing the fact that a Pan-African movement for example may have a strong ecological and pro-non-human-animal and vegan component. In Mauritius it’s the case.

By the way here is a real example where POC is more active than white AR/vegans. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with ‘my’ regional forum, ending up organically as the last co-founder 8 years later but laziness or rather refusal to look at white privilege drains me. To be fair it should be a place where non-white vegans feel free to say anything, in other words post or participate fully. This seems not possible. So I was the only vegan of colour and I was once someone who put vegan before colour because it was significant and important to come together for the animals and to start an AR community besides the NGOs in 2007 with 2 women and a man or 2 Afrikaaners and a fellow foreigner. We had met fellow vegans for the first time and we were the ones who initiate stuff. None of us talked about race or whiteness, when we were all targetted because of my colour we just dealt with it with no analysis or reflection on what had happened. I mentioned one incident in the last self-care blogpost, white academics Pickover and Best also did not view it from a critical angle. They reported what I needed to know from an incident, white friends allied with me, at the time I didn’t expect anything more. If I refer to that time I refer to being demonised at UCT or my being the only person speaking up when a white AR chairperson who will get enormous reach, posts colourism from an anti-Black and casteist Gandhi (there still isn’t space to talk about the latter part, I wouldn’t bring it up when there are other obvious issues that are more comprehensible). The issue that ought to have been obvious is anti-blackness and that the white person promoting it is given space to justify herself. As she was the ally to animals she could’ve rephrased it without anti-blackness and said Gandhi (who wasn’t vegan anyway) inspired her. That time was years before whites allegedly got educated through #BlackLivesMatter and #RememberMarikana because apparently they couldn’t learn from their immediate environment.

In the days of #FeesWillFall and #DecoloniseLabour I have seen more white crap from the ‘ally theatre’ continue to break our spaces and my spirit in a so-called community. Someone who seems nice was doing it with me in private just the day before, a rhetorical question I asked then: does one learn nothing from “allyship” to other movements? I was moderating that forum animal whites overuse and as usual I was straightforward and thought it’ll be easy, they support #FeesMustFall apparently. Yet white privileged shit was dumped on me (I’d think deliberately) and I waste time trying to clean it off or explain basic things in good faith, thinking they do want to ally. This at least reminded me that a former director of the SAVS supports PeTA very much, encourages sexual violence against women, and engages in politics of substitution. This fact got hidden I assume (not the article, which was right after the conference where she’d learned nothing from feminists) and she, a white AR woman, was a speaker at OS2012 when there wasn’t enough slots for others (guerilla gardening, transgenderism; disability and other issues weren’t even considered, no one could, say, help me present) and there was at least 3 other straight white vegans speaking on intersections with AR. Two of them, with valuable input and if I can’t even remember the other two themes at all but I was there.

Of course it’s not black and white thanks to surely, among other things, the saturation of the vegan movement they bask in, some B/POC vegans have been as apathetic as white people I thought I knew, the latter when they witnessed tokenism all I could see is them cutting ties with me; the former it was when I spoke out against racism, sexism or ableism in the movement (do animal whites leave them a choice if they want to be in the vegan movement?) or simply because of religious divergence which is no different to my experience with Lesley Dove(sp?) et al. – white un-religious vegans in the UK. Those who’re vegan, we’ll all know what that would’ve been about.

I started this post saying this is a conclusion, this is not a space to start a debate. This is the end of discussions or lack thereof or their passive-aggressiveness of the last 3 years. This is me speaking at last and this is me not enabling their white crap, and because if gaslighting happened in my face as if I may have only half a brain, I wonder what went on behind my back. What this is not is an invitation to bring any white crap here, or in places I moderate. Support or stories of similar experiences from IBPOC are welcome.

*IBPOC – Indigenous, Black and People of Colour. Indigenous people with Khoisan ancestry have different experiences and culture and their ancestral language had been erased for hundreds of years so there was oral transmission of few derivative words.

New food products – Mauritius

Firstly, happy Moon Festival to Chinese followers! Looking for vegan mooncake recipes, I came across a mooncake recipe on Vata Vegan, this made me wonder again if autumn festive recipes shouldn’t be adapted radically, here the weather is warming up a lot. And now for some vegan capitalism. I saw 2 Naturata vegan products at Quartier Gourmet. If it’s not online & none of you here tell me about it, I won’t know – I no longer shop physically!

Photo showing tubes of ‘Vegane’ mayo & remoulade posted on the QG facebook page.

So what else is there aside from that, gluten-free stuff, sugar-free jams, cold-pressed oils & & herbal infusions/tinctures? Don’t expect vegan advice there though, they think vegans struggle to find protein!!

Unilever in Kodaikanal

Unilever’s brands and available alternatives are listed and linked below if you’d like to boycott them, for their devastation to humans and environment in Kodaikanal for which Unilever has refused to take responsibility (see 2nd heading). tl;dr: see the petition, block quotes and the list of kind products, the DIY page where all is linked except food recipes and reports on the Kodaikanal issue. created a petition asking Paul Polman, Unilever’s CEO, to clean up Kodaikanal’s toxic contamination and to compensate affected workers.

Unilever’s thermometer plant in Kodaikanal exposed many workers to mercury poisoning, without giving them any protective equipment or information about the disastrous health effects of mercury. This toxic mercury, dumped around the factory and in forests, continues to contaminate soil and groundwater, affecting thousands. The workers cannot afford private healthcare, and have been fighting for 14 years, asking Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination, and to compensate them for their medical expenses. They need us to stand with them […].

There has been a mobilisation for justice and compensation since 2008. Was Greenpeace involved and has Greenpeace now been driven out of India because Modi didn’t want pro-environmental groups in the way of business growth, I heard about it probably on DW news a while back. In any case I will continue boycotting Unilever as I did for years for animal testing before knowing about Kodaikanal, let us assume they clean up the region and compensate ex-workers families as well as stop testing on animals, I will keep boycotting them for colourism. What an amazing coincidence that they exploit poor brown workers while selling the most popular skin lightening brand I’ve seen in the Indian diaspora.

Unilever brands include Dove, Rexona, Axe, SunSilk, Domestos, Flora, Miko/ Ola/ Selecta, Knorr, Lifebuoy, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Omo, Signal, Amora, Biotex, Brut, Cajoline, Cif, Cupasoup, Fair&Lovely [which promotes colourism e.g in the country they exploit and here], Impulse, Comfort, Jik, Lakmé, klondike, Maizena, Marmite, Mentadent, Pears, Skip, Solero, StYves, Coleman’s, Dawn, Fruit d’or, Gabi, Glen tea, Joko tea, Lyons, Mon savon, Organics, Robertsons… I’ve left out all that did not look familiar in their 13 pages of logos!

If only there’d been a fairtrade soapnut industry for these workers instead, I don’t know any risks associated with it, soapnuts is a plant local to them and we could use all sorts of detergents made from it (it didn’t need fabric softening), it’s also neutral for the planet. It’s a fact that detergents such as the Unilever ones listed above are toxic to fauna in the environment and waterways. Only a company that will never care would make a thermometer factory near forests and try save costs by not giving equipment to poor workers they targeted for their lack of awareness.

Alternative brands to some of the above detergents and toothpaste and DIY. I bet it’s cheaper Bicarb or vinegar can replace your Cajoline if Dr. Bronner’s can replace Skip and dishwashing soap and personal care, it’s healthier for you, kids and pets (avoid the tea-tree type if you have dog friends*). I will see what I can list aside from dairy-like products I’m allergic to all these foods since long, and most of their alternatives, we have local black tea brands. I’m too disabled to shop or to know what you’d replace, say, Marmite with.

There’s an issue here with kind products, or rather with some places that sell them, I’m yet to find well-informed staff (probably the shop owners aren’t well-informed too) so as well as telling them stuff for free (these days on the phone) I’m blogging all the info I can. Drop me a comment or email if you have any questions on kind products.

*Tea-tree when injested, can cause seizures to dogs. I do use the tea-tree one as antibacterial after visiting dog-friends – I’m allergic to them, unlike other fur-allergics I don’t use disinfectant. Lavender is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal but I hate the smell.

#BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out

Originally posted on Striving with Systems:

I am treating this piece as a performance art piece, not a blog post. Each time someone from the animal rights/vegan community wants to write an article about how white the animal rights/vegan movement is, I hope that they choose one person from this list to write an article about instead. 

This list is not in any particular order, and it is not meant to be completely exhaustive. Additionally, I can’t guarantee that everyone on this list is still vegan, though they were at the time of my research. I acquired this information simply by researching online and asking around. Also, I must note that I personally don’t think eating a plant-based diet automatically means that you’re a political activist or animal rights activist. As I said in a previous post “Veganism without politicization only yields de-contexualized diets.”

Nevertheless, this list is meant to serve as a statement for anyone who says “veganism is…

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Earthquake that couldn’t shake caste bias – Dalit victims of Nepal earthquake still waiting for any help


Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, EDWON is collecting money for a rebuilding fund for Dalits and tribal whose lives and homes have been decimated at the epicentre of earthquake in Gorkha. If you decide to donate, know that your contributions will go directly into the hand of Dalit and tribal women’s groups in their rebuilding efforts and will circumvent upper-caste village headmen. Many big relief organizations do not have this focus. ”

Dalit History Month said to please to Dalit organizations like FEDO and others.

“In previous disaster situations, gay men were denied food aid in Haiti after the 2008 earthquake and trans people were denied entry to IDP camps after the floods in Pakistan because they didn’t possess proper government ID that matched their appearance.
Trans women have already had difficulty in Nepal accessing toilets.
LGBTI people are being told the Blue Diamond Society’s headquarters in Kathmandu, could fall at any second.” – GayStarNews. To donate to BDS

Originally posted on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's Caravan:

Caste has such strong foundation in Asia that no tsunami can wash it, no earthquake can shake it and no flood can carry away the filth of it. Once again Dalits have been left out of any relief work in Nepal earthquake. According to the latest news from The Indian Express (29th April) Dalits are still waiting for any help from Government. Dalits houses have been devastated by earthquake but no Government is helping them. It is not the first time that Dalits have been ignored by Governments in natural calamities. One can check out from Gujarat earthquake to Tamil Nadu Tsunami to Kosi River floods in Bihar, who has suffered the most? Dalits. Dalits suffer the most in natural disasters and Dalits’ experience in natural calamities isn’t very good; Dalits have always been left out of rehabilitation.

Here is what Dr. Ambedkar had said about the discrimination in charity…

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Gadhimai, Nepal and Vegans Celebrating “Karma”


“Opposition to Gadhimai in the Western World has intensified in recent years as part of “turn and burn” campaigns that allow large non profit organizations to leverage racist and xenophobic sentiments into large scale donations. This “outrage” cycle is profitable for Western animal advocacy organizations and Gadhimai is part of a larger group that includes dog and cat meat trades, dolphin hunt, wildlife trafficking, and more. These funding cycles allow organizations to expend little effort, face little risk, and they can play off of and stoke misanthropic and racist views that do little to nothing to challenge animal use in the West. They are comfortable and they are part of the reason why things like this spill over.

Along with this current, there is a growing popularity within the vegan community of atheist and new atheist thought. Applied to Gadhimai, sometimes in connection with larger non profits, this provides another layer to buffer the “rational” against the so-called “irrational” slaughter of animals in Nepal.

Neither of these currents are really about helping animals – one is focused on the organizational growth of animal advocacy non profit organizations, and the other is focused on advancing western “rationality” as a cover for white superiority. However, both are currently popular within white dominated animal advocacy communities in North America and Europe.

How does this betray what they claim is their focus – other animals? First, meat consumption per capita in Nepal is 12.2 kg. In comparison, most of Europe and North America register in around 80-120kg. […] It is absurd that Gadhimai would ever be a focus for Western animal advocacy or organizations.”

Least of all right now. getting the figures from the linked map involves maths so 2009 per capita meat consumption:
Mauritius 49.4
Nepal 9.9
South Africa 58.6
USA 120.2

On the map, the redder dot is this island, meat consumption is some 4 times higher than other African countries too. I strongly suggest you read the entire article, I’m reblogging to merely add figures.

“Outside of pure meat consumption, the issue of Gadhimai is one of framing or “lens.” Gadhimai’s “ritual slaughter” is framed in a typical Western lens which erases and normalizes Western animal slaughter […]”

Originally posted on Dylan Powell:

APTOPIX Nepal EarthquakeI wish I could say I was shocked, but after seeing similar sentiments after the tsunami in Japan in 2011 (re: dolphin hunts), I was more in bunker mode just hoping I had somehow insulated myself from it. “The earthquake in Nepal is karma for the Gadhimai Festival.” How could anyone reduce an event of disaster and suffering to this focus, holding up their exclusive concern for animals over the lives of thousands of people that were lost in an instant? How narrow minded would a person have to be to not also see this earthquake as a destructive event for captive and wild animals in Nepal – what of their “karma”?

Gadhimai, for the those who don’t know, is a festival in Nepal that takes place every 5 years were mass amounts of animals are slaughtered to honour Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power. Approximately 5 million Nepalese, or…

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