Silk Stalk­ings

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature - Reshmi Das­gupta

The de­bate about the ben­e­fits of veg­e­tar­i­an­ism ver­sus meat-eat­ing (non-veg­e­tar­ian be­ing a pe­cu­liarly In­dian term as it takes the for­mer rather than the lat­ter as the norm!) will never be con­clu­sively set­tled. It’s also per­haps, at one level, an In­dia-ver­sus-the­world de­bate, as nowhere else is the con­sump­tion of non-meat items so preva­lent as in Bharat­var­sha.

This week, there was a news item say­ing that food ex­perts are now veer­ing round to the view that rather than “five-a-day” be­ing the op­ti­mum por­tion of veg­eta­bles to be eaten by a per­son, it should be ten-aday. To me that sounds sus­pi­ciously like a re­luc­tant western ac­knowl­edge­ment of what many In­di­ans

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