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Vegetarianism as Surveillance and Punishment in India / Sharanya Deepak

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A lot of dominant caste communities, Brahmins, everybody used to eat beef historically and then stopped for political reasons; reasons connected to rule, like ruling other communities during working communities. Even today many dominant communities eat meat, but they're not the ones that are punished.

Sharanya Deepak on The Baffler article, "India’s Beef with Beef: Vegetarianism as a tool for punishment and surveillance."

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Sharanya Deepak

Sharanya is a writer and editor from and currently in New Delhi, India. She writes about food, language, the commodification of culture and is currently writing more essays. Her work has been published in  Orion, Eater, Vittles London, Popula, Atlas Obscura, Wasafiri, Longreads, Roads and Kingdoms, FiftyTwo, The Believer and The Baffler among others.


She is an editor at Vittles, a food and culture publication based in London, and also an editor at Mangal Media, a collective of writers and artists from outside Western Europe and North America. In October 2020, she won the Wasafiri new writing Prize for her essay "Seamless". In 2022-23, she was a fellow at One World Media, and South Asia Speaks.