There are three structural ingredients for any given nation to be strong, independent, sovereign and self-content: 1) production, 2) procreation and 3) protection. The vegetarian nationalists should tell us historically in the realm of these three structural ingredients what was/is their contribution?
In the realm of basic production of agrarian goods and commodities by working around areas like deforestation by reclaiming of lands, converting barren lands into cultivable lands, tilling the land and seedling it, watering, weeding and harvesting are the key tasks. The vegetarian nationalists, whose core component constitutes of Brahmins and Baniyas (both Hindus and Jains) are not present in these tasks at all. These tasks are mainly performed by the Shudras, Dalits and Adivasis who are basically meaterians and beeferians. However, the food culture of these forces is inclusive of dals, millets, vegetable, milk, curd and so on.
In the realm of procreation the meaterians have proved to be more energetic (both men and women) as they consume more portentous multi-vitamin food with an involvement of enormous physical labour. It has been well observed that the sexual energies are quite good among meaterians and this has been well established with the present levels of population of the Shudras, Dalits and Adivasis vis-à-vis the population of vegetarian castes and communities of India. Not that the vegetarian Brahmin–Baniyas do not procreate. But if you look at the family size of these two different food consumers the meaterian family size is comparatively more vibrant.
The third and most important ingredient for the nation to be strong is protection. Of late, the vegetarian nationalists are stressing the need for powerful soldier protection on the borders of Pakistan and China. As of now as against China and the Muslim-majority nation Indonesia, Indian average food intake levels and life span level are low. If India becomes more vegetarian it will further worsen. In no other country does a ruling party subscribe to pure vegetarianism like the BJP does. This is a dangerous trend.
Soldier hood is a job that requires enormous physical energy and mental stamina. They need to work in cold climatic conditions. Unless they eat enough meat they cannot sustain the fight. Without realizing the energy levels required in that sphere the Brahminic and Jainist forces are trying to push vegetarian nationalism as the nation’s core value. The same forces also humiliate the social forces that defend the nation by eating meat, beef and pork.
Historically, Brahmin–Baniyas never established a Brahmin–Baniya Regiment in the Indian army to protect India. The Indian army had/has a Mahar Regiment, Ahir (Yadav) Regiment, Jat Regiment, Gurkha Regiment and so on. But never was there a Brahmin Regiment in the army. Why? The Brahmin priestly forces after taking to vegetarianism as the core component of their daily food could not venture into any physically hard-working life. In fact, except Ambedkar’s father no national leader’s father worked as a soldier in the army. They were either lawyers or businessmen or politicians. Not many top nationalist leaders came from an agrarian background. Only Sardar Patel’s father was a farmer. Many of them came from the vegetarian food cultural background. That itself is a problem today.
Thus, production in the country and protection on the borders were left to the Shudras and Dalit–Adivasis for long time in history and pure vegetarianism was never their food culture. In other words India as a nation is multi-cuisine not just vegetarian.