Indian Vegetarian Society Holds 34th Annual Christmas Dinner

Nitin Mehta 2The Indian Vegetarian Society held its 34th annual vegetarian Christmas Lunch on Sunday 14th December. AIA Patron, Nitin Mehta MBE, the founder of the society said that the aim of organizing the lunch was the same as when it begun 34 years ago. It is to celebrate Christmas as a national festival and to promote friendship between communities living in Croydon. The Indian community is proud to be British. The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Manju Shaul-Hammed, MP for Croydon north, Steve Reed, and leader of Croydon council, Tony Newman, who is a vegetarian, were amongst the guests. Around 130 people enjoyed a traditional Gujarati Vegan meal.

The Mayor praised the Indian community for playing a positive role in society. MP Steeve Reed said that the contribution of the Indian Hindu community was great in all walks of life. Members of Purley United Reformed Church, Croydon Ecology Centre, Croydon Vegetarians and Surrey Vegetarians and Vegans were present.

Guests enjoyed a lunch of parathas, udad dal, peas and cauliflower curry, biryani and bhajias followed by vegan cakes and tea. Nitin said that idea of a Christmas lunch was spreading as a similar event was being held at the same time at the Crawley Hindu Temple and the Jain Centre in Colindale. Kamlalbhai Rao from Gujarat Samachar was present too.

The delicious food was prepared by the ladies and popular chef Rajubhai Shah. Long term friendships are formed by sharing food together and our English friends are introduced to many varieties of Indian vegetarian food.

Mahaveer Award – March 2014

Each year, the Young Indian Vegetarians present the Mahaveer Award to a person or group who has done something outstanding for animals. On 23 March 2014, they presented the Mahaveer Award to SPEAK for ten long years of campaigning for animals abused at Oxford University and to stop the cruel practice of vivisection. Nitin Mehta said to them, ‘Generations to come will remember your compassion to end cruelty inflicted on thousands of animals’.

He also said, ‘A day will soon come when this evil practice will end and, at that time, it is the compassion and commitment of SPEAK supporters that will be remembered with pride.’

Mahaveer Award Speak

‘Unless we live with non-violence and reverence for all living beings in our heart, all our humaneness and acts of goodness, all our vows, virtues and knowledge, all our practices to give up greed and acquisitiveness are meaningless and useless’