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

The Role of Panthibhojanam in the Navodhana Movement of Kerala

The Role of Panthibhojanam in the Navodhana Movement of Kerala

The role of panthibhojanam in the navodhana movement of kerala
B. Francis Kulirani


The southern Indian state of Kerala is much acclaimed for pioneering some of the revolutionary social reforms in inter-caste and inner-caste relations during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The period marked the beginning of Kerala Navodhana Prasthanam (renaissance or reformation movement). Momentum for the movement was provided by the tyrannical rule of the savarnar. The term savarnar though has a connotation of the Varna system of Hindu social categories elsewhere in India, the savarnar cluster in Kerala did not have a balanced distribution of all the four Varna categories. The cluster was dominated by the Nambuthiri ...

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