Originally Posted by dabong1
In fact, contrary to popular belief, India is not a predominantly vegetarian country, according to recent census data as of 2004.
But, based on census data, a quarter of India's population is reckoned to be vegetarian: 69% of Gujarat is vegetarian, 60% of Rajasthan, 54% of Punjab-Haryana, 50% of Uttar Pradesh, 45% of Madhya Pradesh, 34% of Karnataka, 30% of Maharashtra, 21% of Tamil Nadu, 16% of Andhra Pradesh, and 15% of Assam, while only 6% in Kerala, Orissa and West Bengal are vegetarian
Brahmins, Shaivite non-Brahmins of South India, and several Vaishnavite sects across the country avoid meat. Few Brahmins eat meat, although the Brahmins of East India and Kashmir and the Saraswat Brahmins of the Southwest are allowed fish and some meat. During Durga Puja and Kali Puja among some Shaivite Hindus in Punjab, Bengal, and Kashmir, jhaṭkā meat is the required meat for those Shaivite Hindus who eat meat[citation needed.