24 November, 2020

Delhi Diary

Once you protect the interests of only the majority community, you’ve really no right to call yourself a democracy despite your elections.

Jitender Gupta
Delhi Diary
outlookindia.com
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An election steak-out

I wanted to celebrate the Bihar election res­ults with a steak. Buffalo beef would have been fine, but I had no idea where to find it in Delhi. I grew up a vegetarian, ate my first egg in a college canteen. It took me a year to move up to chicken, and another five for my first juicy steak. That was in London, medium rare, with bearnaise sauce. Delicious! Later in life, whenever my widowed mother visited, the kitchen became vegetarian. Even eggs were thrown out of the fridge. The dog complained, but it had no choice. My mother, rest her soul, and I had a rule: don’t ask, don’t tell. But I’m sure she knew. What I eat or don’t eat is nob­ody’s business but mine. As simple as that. If beef is prohibited because it offends some Hindus, why not ban pork, offensive to Muslims? Let’s take this ahead. Jains are opposed to meat of any kind, so let’s please all and make India vegetarian! Once you protect the interests of only the majority community, you’ve really no right to call yourself...

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