Debate heats up in India over non-veg lunch boxes

A demonstration to promote vegetarianism by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Mumbai earlier this month. Reports show that vegetarianism in India has declined over the past decade.
A demonstration to promote vegetarianism by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Mumbai earlier this month. Reports show that vegetarianism in India has declined over the past decade.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Recent row over student sharing non-vegetarian food highlights divide with links to caste, politics

One of the myths steadfastly propagated around the world about India is that it is predominantly a vegetarian country. It is not.

Yes, Indians do love chanting their mantras, but they love chomping on their mutton curry too.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2018, with the headline 'Debate heats up in India over non-veg lunch boxes'. Print Edition | Subscribe