The Hidden Politics of Vegetarianism: Caste and the Hindu Canteen

Hugo Gorringe, D. Karthikeyan

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A notice issued to employees of The Hindu asking them to desist from bringing non-vegetarian food into the office canteen as it causes discomfort to a majority of the employees who are vegetarian has caused a fair amount of controversy. This article looks at how food and dietary customs mark out caste in "modern" India and suggests that public institutions, particularly those which have a commendable track record on matters of social justice, need to further introspect on the silent coding of caste into the institutional space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-22
Number of pages3
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2014


  • Caste, Vegetarianism


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