Dahisar row has highlighted Mumbai’s great food divide
When Rohit Mishra bought a house at Santacruz five years ago, the society asked him to give an undertaking he would not consume ‘non-vegetarian’ food in his house. The reason – Jains form a majority in the society.
“We have non-veg food at hotels or at friends’ homes. Who wants to get into tussle with neighbours?” said Mishra.
Thursday’s Dahisar incident has once again highlighted how housing societies try to dictate members’ eating habits, even going to the extent of restricting the entry of fish vendors or hotel delivery personnel bringing non-vegetarian food.
Sumita Sen, a Mulund resident, said: “As Bengalis, our staple diet is rice and fish. I had to fight my society for a year to allow fish vendors inside.”
These restrictions are in place at many colonies in Malabar hill, Bandra, Juhu, Kandivli, Vile Parle and Ghatkopar, among others. Right from the 1980’s, during the construction boom, builders constructed buildings for vegetarians, in which people consuming meat were unwelcome. Non-vegetarians were not called for society functions, taunted, and even their children shunned by other kids.
According to Prakash Rohera, CEO, KKarma Realtors, this trend is slowly, but surely, changing. “The young generation is not bothered about the diet of their neighbours, and is open minded. The problem persists in older buildings,” he said.
Hours after Noida politician Shrikant Tyagi's supporters created a major ruckus in the Grand Omaxe Society in Noida's Sector 93, bulldozers were seen at the apartment complex on Monday morning. Last week, Tyagi was accused of abusing a woman. The woman had reportedly objected about some structures to Tyagi, who is also a resident of the Grand Omaxe Society. Tyagi, who had earlier linked himself to the BJP, is now missing.
Samajwadi Party leader Devendra Singh Yadav's car was on Sunday hit by a truck and dragged for more than 500 meters before it stopped in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district. The incident happened late Sunday night. A video, shared by news agency ANI, showed how the truck rammed into Yadav's vehicle on a relatively busy street. A motorcycle was also impacted in the incident, the video showed. Yadav is the president of SP's Mainpuri division.
Bike theft: Jnanabharathi police, Bengaluru. August 7 IPS officer Laxman B Nimbargi, the DCP of Bengaluru's west division, said the accused have been arrested by Bengaluru's Jnanabharathi police. He added that six two-wheelers and a goods truck used for the crime have been recovered from the accused in the case, which are worth Rs 5.65 Lakhs in total. It is not clear how many persons have been arrested.
Heavy rain lashed several parts of Karnataka, causing widespread damage, while flooding led to disruption in connectivity between coastal districts. The Basavaraj Bommai-led government in the state has released Rs 200 crores to take up relief and rehabilitation operations. Rain did not spare non-coastal areas either, inundating several roads and causing heavy traffic congestions. According to the India Meteorological Department forecast, rain is likely to continue for three more days.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Monday morning as generally overcast weather with light rain or drizzle was expected. On Sunday, the average 24-hour AQI was 75 in the satisfactory category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.