Food practices of a people is the product of multiple factors. Endogenous as well as exogenous factors influence people’s opinion and preferences about food. In India and its neighbouring countries, food practices are often delimited by economic standing, religion, caste and analogous systems of social ranking of the consumers. State and market forces also influence food behaviour by exercising control over production and trade. Food and Power: Expressions of Food-Politics in South Asia studies power relations between those who eat and those who decide (or at least try to decide) what people should eat. It raises questions pertaining to the politicization of ethnographic tradition in South Asia in relation to the intersection of religion, economy and food. This book explores how traditional food practices have undergone change owing to the influences of migration globalization and popular media to understand how ethos of the powerful affects the foodways of relatively weaker ethnic, religious, occupational and gender groups
Chapter 2: Tracing the Beef Politics of North India
It is the summer of 2013. Business is brisk in Noida's Murga Mandi near Sector 55. Watermelons and musk melons are in high demand here, mangoes follow closely behind. Fruit carts line up one side of the road with almost every vendor screaming his lungs out to attract customers. Women buyers are variously addressed as Mataji, Behenji and Baji. Only an occasional girl is called Didi. These words say it all about the composition of the crowd, ranging from senior women to middle-aged ones, from Muslim Bajis to Hindu Didis. For fruit sellers in Noida they all come alike. Business transcends faith and generations.
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