Many of my vegetarian friends in Delhi ate eggs without any compulsion.
Some particularly pious egg-loving ones actually thought of eggs as vegetarian since most of them were, according to them, produced asexually and were infertile. They might be wrong, according to the Kingston Sikh Society.
"Hens are given five kinds of violent-generating foods: bone meal, blood-meal,
excreta-food, meat-meal and fish-meal. Can we dare to call eggs vegetarian food even
after learning this? The term vegetarian egg is a first-rate misnomer. The purpose of a
fertile egg is to animate life, but an infertile egg has no such purpose and as such
should be considered totally inedible."
Okay. From now on, I will look out for purposeful eggs.
However as far as the debate is concerned, frankly I have only two opinions:
1) I don't care much except for the fact that desi eggs do taste a little better than factory/ broiler eggs.
2) Eggs benedict is my favourite egg dish (and a great cure for hangovers). Add some nice smoked bacon or ham, a dash of hollandaise sauce and warm toast to a runny poached egg and you will forget violence-generating hangovers.
However, as far as those pious friends go, now they can have meat as well. Dutch researchers are currently working on growing artificial pork out of pig stem cells. They hope to grow a form of minced meat suitable for burgers, sausages and pizza toppings within the next few years.
Many men whom I have heard saying, "Bahar to khaate hain, par ghar pe nahin banaate" (We eat (meat) outside, but don't cook it in our homes) would probably have limited compulsions if they are told that they can now eat ground meat grown in a petri-dish.
Here's to vegetarian meat sheek kababs!