Politics of diet

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At Tundey Kababi, a 105-year-old restaurant in Lucknow that had to stop serving its top-selling spiced buffalo meat fare because of the shortage of meat, on March 31, 2017. After the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, the government began cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

The tweet put out by the Health Ministry. Besides equating non-vegetarian food with junk food, it was also sexist. The tweet was later deleted.

Data from various surveys prove that India is anything but a vegetarian nation, but ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre there have been attempts to demonise meat-eating and to impose the vegetarian food habits of certain sections of Hindus on the rest of India.
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