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 ...
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 Last Updated at July 11, 2017 13:43 IST