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

Food Tradition of Chandal Community

Food Tradition of Chandal Community

Food tradition of chandal community
Saradindu Biswas

Mere rice, whole or broken or pest infested, just any rice. Mutton-fish, milk-ghee, oil-salt, these were not asked by the dying. They had to be given just some rice, without worrying over substantial food. Trees have leaves, forests have taro. They wouldn't have died. One doesn't die if he chews on some rice grain, without boiling. You might not agree, but Baboo, it's true that they don't. They might get weak, but the throbbing of heart would still survive. (Bandyopadhyay [1947] 1998, 104)

Food is the driving force of life. Quest of food results in the evolution of life. Food scarcity, for natural or manmade reasons, creates an enormous stress on ...

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