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 8: Feeding the Jarawas
Our ancestor had no stomach. One day in the forest, he found a huge potato that said, ‘Take me along with you in the basket hanging on your back.’ Our ancestor took the potato and gave him a ride. Further down the path a piece of smouldering resinous wood shouted at our ancestor and insisted that he should also be taken along with the potato. As our ancestor reached the mangrove, he found crabs that were also eager that they should be given place with fire and potato. In the basket potato, crabs and smouldering fire were uncomfortable. Heat caused expansion of the potatoes and crabs. The heat of ...