Kayastha or Kayasth is a Hindu caste in South Asia, whose place inside
the four Varnas or main castes is disputed. Most Kayastha are non-vegetarian,
unlike other Hindu castes. (Wilkepedia)
From The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester, England), July 1896,
THE KAYASTHA VEGETARIAN
SOCIETY.- Abstract of rules and regulations of
the Kayastha Vegetarian Society (India). -
- The aims and objects of the society shall be -
- to induce the members of the Kayastha community in general to abstain
from using fish, flesh, fowl and eggs;
- to discourage the use of meat in public caste-dinners given by members
of the brotherhood
- to make tentative efforts towards realization of the aim of the
Society from a social point of view, and to studiousl avoid all questions
of religion and politics in connection with the Society.
- The working of the Society shall be carried out through the medium
of its branch societies and agencies.
- The duties of the branch societies and agencies shall be briefly:-
- To devise all such steps as may tend to realize the aim and objects
of the Society;
- to obtain pledges, submit them to the general society, and deliver
certificates of enrolment issued by the head office;
- to keep a register of members, correspondence register, account
register showing the operations of the Society in connection with
local festivals held in the year;
- to submit the half-year and yearly reports to the head office
- Any member of the brotherhoodnot below the age of twelve years is
eligible for membership.
- Payment of subscription and other pecuniary contributions by the members
- A consolidated report, showing in detail the operations of the Society
throughout India for the last preceeding year shall be laid before the
annual meeting, and shall be subsequently published among the brotherhood.
- The annual meeting of the Society shall be convened simultaneously
with the Kayastha conference at such place where that body holds its
- Sanval Sahai Varma, Secretary
Proceedings of the 4th annual meeting of the Kayastha Vegetarian
Society, India (Aligarh), held at Moradabad (N.W.P.), in the Kayastha
Conference Pavilion, on the 29th December, 1895, at 8 a.m. Audience 700.
- M. Indarjil (Shahjahanpur) recited prayers to God, and denounced
the use of flesh in a short speech.
- M. Munno Lal (Cawnpore), President of the Society, delivered the inaugural
speech, in which he congratulated the members of the Society on the
success which has attended their maiden efforts.
- B. Atal Bebars Lal Varma (Aligarh), General Secretary of the Society,
read the annual report for 1895, which was adopted at the motion of
B. Mata Prasad (Lucknow), seconded by M. Kalicharan (Cawnpore).
- The following gentlemen appropriate and eloquent speeches on vegetarianism:
- M. Ram Dayal;
- B. Narain Prasad, M.A., LL.B. (Agra)
- B. Gorind Prasad (Cawnpore)
- W. Ganga Prasad, pleader (Mainpuri)
- M. Raghhir Prasad Biryan (Moradahad)
- B. Horgovind Dayal, M.A., Government pleader (Lucknow) founder
of the Kayastha Conference
- Mr. Naud Kishone Kakkar, barrister-at-law (Barielly)
- B. Sanval Sahai Varma (Aligarh), Assistant General Secretary, read
a letter dated the 6th August, 1895, from the Secretary of the Vegetarian
Society, Manchester, together with its enclosures. "Resolved that
the Kayastha Vegetarian Society, India, should be affiliated to the
Vegetarian Society, Manchester, if the affiliation does not interfere
with its own rules and regulations." Moved by Saural Sahai Varma
(Aligarh), and seconded by Horgovind Dayal M.A. (Lucknow)
- The General Secretary pointed out the great necessity of having an
organ solely devoted to the cause of the Society. "Resolved that
the Kayastha Patrika Lucknow be made the organ of the Society
with effect from the 1st January, 1896." Moved by Mata Prasad (Lucknow),
seconded by S. S. Varma (Aligarh), and supported by B. Horgovind Dayal,
- The Secretary laid the budget for 1896, which was sanctioned.
- M. Sankata Prasad, honorary lecturer of the Society, made an effective
appeal for subscriptions, which was liberally responded to by the audience.
- After a vote of thanks to the chair the meeting dissolved. Sanval
Sahai Varma, Assistant General Secretary.
From The Vegetarian Messenger and Review (Manchester,
England), July 1898, p.325:
THE KAYASTHA VEGETARIAN
SOCIETY. - The following letter has been sent
to the Kayastha Vegetarian Society, India, in answer to the kindly greetings
of that Society read at the May meetings :-
To Sanval Luthia Varma, Esq., Joint General Secretary
Dear friend and brother, - The Vegetarian Society send their warm congratulations
to the Kayastha Vegetarian Society, and rejoice that in the effort to
promote humane diet and kindness to animals, the East and the West can
find a common ground of co-operation and brotherhood. In this message
the Vegetarian Society is heartily joined by the Scottish Vegetarian
Society, at whose headquarters in Glasgow the May Meetings have been
We trust your gathering in December will be highly successful, and
that our noble cause may prosper in an ever increasing degree, since
its triumph means the advance of health, peace, and kindly feeling for
all sentient creatures.
We are, dear brother, yours fraternally,
Wm. E. A. Axon, Honorary Secretary, Albert Broadbent, Secretary,
The Vegetarian Society
John P. Allan, Wm. Scott, Honorary Secretaries, Scottish Vegetarian
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