Hindus have urged Oberlin College & Conservatory in Ohio to label their dishes properly and use right ingredients in the foods in the campus dining services in view of reported student complaints.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that they were concerned about the chances of mislabeling of beef products as consuming beef was considered sacrilegious among Hindus.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that cow was held sacred by Hindus and was considered the seat of many deities.
Rajan Zed urged Oberlin President Marvin Krislov and its Trustees Chair Clyde McGregor to thoroughly look into this issue, meet with the students and reassure them. In view of increasingly diverse student population, Oberlin should be respectful to all the faith traditions while preparing food for its students.
Oberlin College of Arts & Science Conservatory of Music, founded in 1833, is a highly selective institution on a 440-acre residential campus. It has 2,900 students and over 230 Steinway grand pianos and holds over 500 concerts besides over 40 theater/dance productions every year. It claims itself to be “a place of intense energy and creativity” and “on the front lines of changing the world for almost two centuries”.