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Alcuin
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Humanism in India
on: August 22, 2017, 17:09

Some people don't realise Indian contributions to humanism in the world and aren't aware that the first Prime Minister was a humanist...
http://www.indianhumanist.org/indianhumanists.html

Nehru:
https://www.brainyquote.com/lists/authors/top_10_jawaharlal_nehru_quotes Quote:
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. Jawaharlal Nehru



Alcuin
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Re: Humanism in India
on: August 29, 2017, 12:29

In contrast to the above, people in India have to put up with followers of all kinds of nonsense, quote:
Thousands of Mr. Singh’s followers had gathered in Panchkula in Haryana State, where the verdict was announced. They responded by smashing cars, setting fire to buildings and attacking police officers in the city, about 150 miles north of Delhi, and the violence later spread to other cities in northern India. At least 38 people were killed and more than 250 were injured.
source:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/world/asia/india-gurmeet-ram-rahim-singh.html

And there is the holy cow nonsense and the religious tribal violence.

Of course, not everyone agrees that slaughtering cows for food is reasonable or moral, but the holy cow violence and debate aren't about animal welfare, quote:
Walk through any meat market in India, and you'll see chickens cooped up in tiny cages, squished together in their own waste. Carcasses of goats hang from hooks at butcher shops, as the next goats wait in line for their fate...
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/06/30/535016207/indias-new-animal-cruelty-rules-threatens-livelihoods-and-beef-exports

And videos of cow slaughter by "humane" means has even made me avoid beef, quite apart from environmental issues like methane emissions and land use.

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