12/10/2018 3:57:38 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Onion and garlic have become political hot potatoes in the Indian state of Karnataka.
The Karnataka government – a coalition of Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress – is seeing red over the lack of onion and garlic in the mid-day deals served to schoolchildren by one of the biggest caterers in the state.
India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, of course, never agrees on anything with the Congress.
The no-onion, no-garlic caterer, Akshaya Patra, has been praised by the BJP leader, Malavika Avinash.
The Akshaya Patra foundation serves only “sattvic food”, which does not include onion and garlic. “A sattvic diet is sometimes referred to as yogic diet in modern literature,” says Wikipedia. Based on foods mentioned in Ayurveda and Yoga literature, “A sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins,” it says.
But many schoolchildren were not eating the mid-day meal because it tasted bland, said the joint director of the state mid-day meal scheme, MR Maruthi.
The Akshaya Patra foundation is violating the memorandum it signed with the government by not including onion and garlic in the meals, he added.
But Akshaya Patra insists its food is up to the standards set by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Karnataka government. Akshaya Patra serves mid-day meals to nearly 450,000 schoolchildren in six districts of Karnataka.