Professor Scott Nearing addressing an Indian audience at the
Arya Sangha Hall, Bombay, during his visit to India, where he was
welcomed by the World Vegetarian Congress Committee.
Deputy President welcomed
Mr Oluf Egerod, of Denmark, Deputy President of I.V.U., when he
was hreeted on arrival in India. With him are Mr Shah, Mr J.N.Mankar,
chief organiser of the Congress, Mr Woodland Kahler [USA] and Mr
Bouquet for I.V.U. President
Mrs Clarence Gasque, President of the I.V.U., receiving a bouquet
from Mrs L.K.Munshi, M.P., at the opening of the Vegetarian Food
and Cookery Exhibition in Bombay.
from pre-congress notices: The General Organising Committee
will include among many others, the President of the International Vegetarian
Union - Mrs. Clarence Gasque; . . . and Mr. Woodland Kahler [both
USA], as representatives of the Executive Committee of the International
American Visitors to India
Professor Scott Nearing and Mrs. Nearing were also recent visitors entertained
by the Congress organizers and Professor Nearing spoke in Bombay on
the ethics and economics of vegetarianism. He stressed the moral necessity
to allow all creatures to live their full span of life so that, like
human children, they could develop their potentialities.
from the Congress reports:
Mrs. Clarence Gasque, President of the I.V.U., had flown from Mexico
for the Bombay sessions, despite her knee injury, and took the chair
at social and business meetings.
from the Opening speech by Rikinin Devi:
"Our warmest welcome is offered to the President of the Congress,
Madame Clarence Gasque. She is the President of the International Vegetarian
Union and it is due to her encouragement and enthusiasm that this Congress
as well as similar Congresses in the past have been made possible. Under
her direction, the International Vegetarian Union has been giving magnificent
service to the world. I am fortunate in having known her for many years
and I know she combines the rare virtues of compassion and generosity.
In her acceptance of the ideal of brotherhood she includes not only
human beings but also the animal kingdom. This has inspired her to give
support and leadership to a cause which is the real founda-tion of health
and happiness for all. It is difficult to express in words our gratitude
to her for taking so much trouble to guide the work of the Congress
and for coming such a long way to preside on this occasion. India welcomes
her and it is our hope that she will visit this country often as we
consider this Congress to be only the beginning of greater work to follow."
Minutes of the Business Meetings
Present: Mrs Gasque (President), . . . Woodland Kahler, . . .and representatives
of . . . Canada, . . . USA . . .
Election and Re-election of Officers: The following were approved for
a term of office:-President: Mrs.Clarence Gasque (USA) . . .
Committee: the above and Mr.Kahler. . . .
Vice Presidents were re-elected en bloc with the following additions:-
. . . Dr.W.McGregor (USA)
Regional Secretaries: It was agreed that three Secretaries should be
appointed to work in the following regions:- India and the East; America
and the West; and in Britain for Europe and the North; under the direction
of the Executive Committee. That funds should be allocated to the Indian
and USA Secretaries for working capital.
Mrs Gasque was thanked for her generous support.
From the Souvenir Book (the authors were not necessarily present
at the Congress, but sent their contributions):
- Henry Bailey Stephens, Doctor Emeritus, University of New Hampshire
Extension Service, and author of The Revolutionary Culture
- Bele Roth, Delegate, Los Angeles Vegetarian Society
- Ruth Taylor
- Charles Kroll, Vice President, The Vegetarian Society of New York
- Woodland Kahler, Vice President, I.V.U.
Beloved India - Mme Gloria Gasque, President of the International
Vegetarianism as the Foundation of Universal Peace - Dr. John
H. Manas Ph.D., N.D., Ms.D., Psy.D.; President, Pythagorean Society;
Secretary-Treasurer, The American Naturopathic Association Inc.; Dean
The American Maimonistic Academy of Art Science and Ethics.
Vegetarianism - Felicitas K. Wilson, Chicago Vegetarian Society
at Nothing - E. L. Pratt, Editor, The American Vegetarian,
Pismo Beach, California
can Turn a Miserable Life into a Pleasant One - Dr. B. Lytton-Bernard,
Vegetarian World - Lee Pritzker, Canada
: Vegetarianism - Chain Reaction in America - Daniel P. Hoffman
- Eva M. Budd, Secretary, Toronto Unit, and Ruth E. Playle, Secretary,
Canadian Vegetarian Union
Voice of The Great - Today - includes:
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Almighty Possibility - by Woodland Kahler, Foreign Secretary
of the American Vegetarian Union