New Delhi (Sputnik) — South Delhi colonies including the Hauz Khas, New Friends' Colony, Kamal Cinema in Safdarjung, Green Park, Amar Colony Market near Lajpat Nagar and the Nizamuddin area host some of the most popular food joints that serve mouth-watering non-vegetarian delicacies attracting thousands of customers each day. However, the new diktat by the local body could mean that the eateries would no longer be able to entice people into teasing their taste buds with succulent kebabs stuck on skewers and tikkas spread on plates and put on display on counters outside the shops.
"Hygiene and sentiments of people affected by the sight of meat were the main reasons behind the move," leader of the South Delhi municipal corporation Shikha Rai told the media.
Eateries serving non-vegetarian delicacies passed over from one generation to the other since the Mughal era have staunch patrons in Delhi who have opposed the move as a "ridiculous gimmick."
Time for non-vegetarians to demand a ban on naked show of fruits and vegetables across the country, after all we are the majority https://t.co/7jWP1qYTVC— Nandagopal Rajan (@nandu79) December 28, 2017
70 years of 'non-veg' food on display havent hurt peoples feelings but all thelose years of staying vegetarian have certainly hurt @BJP4India's IQ levels.
I wish this dumbing down of society would end soon. https://t.co/1KhbBSioLq
— Aditya Kumar (@adinprogress) December 28, 2017
BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation proposes banning display of non-veg food on shop-fronts. Good move? 🤔— The Quint (@TheQuint) December 28, 2017
The opposition Congress Party has also criticized the move, calling it an attack on Democracy and Freedom. The proposal of the municipal corporation is being criticized by the opposition, medical fraternity and the social media is ridiculing the BJP rule as an attack on their freedom and democracy.
"This is interference in people's personal lives," Abhishek Dutt, leader of the opposition Congress in the municipality told the media.
"We do not find any rationale behind the move that prohibits the display of only non-vegetarian food outside shops and restaurants. If contamination of food is the concern then why keep out vegetarian food, and snacks out of this order," IMA President K K Aggarwal told the PTI.
This is just one in a series of food policing attempts by multiple authorities ever since the BJP came to power in 2014. Eateries serving Biryani (rice cooked with meat and spices) in the adjoining state of Haryana were recently raided by police to check if they were serving beef. In 2015, the Haryana government passed a law that made the sale of beef a non-cognizable offense.
Meat eaters make fun of vegetarians for "eating ghaas foos"— Not a Liberal (@AListRap) December 28, 2017
Vegetarians refuse rental accomodations, evict ppl from homes, shut down meat serving shops/restaurants in gentrified neighbourhoods and oh yes, also LYNCH non-hindus for carrying meat.
Yup, totally the same thing lol.
In July this year, the National carrier Air India executed a meat ban on domestic flights, quoting a price cut and need to curb the waste of food. Earlier in May, students of the Indian Institute of Technology allegedly roughed-up fellow students for taking part in a "beef fest" rally. Recently, the state government of Gujarat was in the news for its comments in favor of making the state a completely one.
Air India stops non veg food in its domestic flights! Next step 'stand up for national anthem before take off! '— ajithpanakal (@ajithpanakal) July 11, 2017
The worst case of food policing was, however, the lynching of a Muslim man in 2015 by a mob in Noida adjoining Delhi on suspicion of cooking cow meat. It was later proved by forensic experts that the meat he possessed was not that of a cow.