Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-10-15 18:18 Bengaluru: Pramod Madhwaraj, minister for fisheries, has stirred controversy by stating that Rama and Krishna were non-vegetarians. Even Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, too was a non-vegetarian, he said. Addressing a gathering at Valmiki Jayanti at Ambedkar Bhavan in Udupi on Saturday, the minister said “Rama and Krishna were kshatriyas and hence, they ate meat.” Watch video: He said he knew what he was speaking as there was proof to it. Besides, he wanted the people to debate over the issue whether the mythological heroes whom we worship today were vegetarians or otherwise. “But today, members of upper communities claim that they have the right to perform poojas as they do not have meat, like that of their gods. But that’s not true. They may need to go through the purans, once again,” he added. The minister further pointed out that Veda Vyasa who wrote Mahabharath was the son of a fisherwoman. It was possible for Vyasa to rise above the caste system and write Mahabharat, which is considered the epic. “But what Vyasa earned then may not be possible today, in the caste dominated society. Society would have boycotted such a person,” he lamented.