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Switch to vegetarian food on Air India causes an uproar

Airline's action is seen as discriminatory and part of wave of religious nationalism in the country

Nida Najar | NYT 

Coming from some other debt-ridden airline, it might have been shrugged off as just another service cutback. But not this time: When Air India announced on Monday that coach passengers on its domestic flights would now be offered only vegetarian meals, the move provoked an uproar on social media. G P Rao, a spokesman for the government-owned airline, said the change was made a week ago strictly to reduce waste and cut costs. But what people eat can be a sectarian flash point in India, especially since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ...

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 13:42 IST
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