I am not a vegetarian out of a conscious decision to be one but merely the chance circumstance of my birth in an orthodox upper caste family and the small town environment are responsible for my choosing to remain vegetarian all my life. In the environment in which we were born we tend to develop a revulsion to flesh-eating and there is additionally the scriptural exhortation to eat satvik food in order to lead an exemplary life. It is believed in the Hindu ethos that eating a vegetarian food is one of the pre-requiites for leading a spiritual life .
The second reason for the vegetarianism practiced in the Indian society is the Buddhist and Jain faiths which enjoin upon the followers to shun killing of animals for food. We are vegetarians probably because of the considerable influence these religions exercise on our way of living.