Its festive season here in India. One of the major festival of Hindu Calender Deepawali (a.k.a Diwali) is being celebrated in the last week of the October month. A few days back myself and my father together we went to a Shopping Expo was hosted by CII in sector 17, Chandigarh. In that Shopping Exhibition cum festival there were varied merchants using the platform to popularize their new products in the local and regional market. Going through the exhibition we came across a new brand of oil Canola which was being marketed as much healthier choice over olive oil. Culturally we Punjabis prefer to use Ghee or Sarson oil (mustard oil) for our North Indian desi recepies. Since there has been rise in cardiac arrest case due to blockage of arteries, people are looking to adapt low fat substitutes like Virgin Olive oil and cotton seed oil etc. I was bit amazed by the marketing hype of canola oil and searched about it on net. And the benefit of internet is in its freely available information from general public which most of the time saves one from becoming a guinea pig.
I strongly and openly claim that am against any kind of GM Foods (genetically modified foods) and recently we pitched up our voice againt BT Brinjal. Thanks to Anti GM activists like Dr. Vandana Shiva that people here in India are becoming aware of Evil of GM foods. I will be tweeting this to Dr. Vandana Shiva. Lets see if this can be prevented to penetrate unsuspected Indian kitchens?
West is predominantly Christian world and when ever you step in their domain one thing becomes very evident that even though we Indian have an impression of Western countries as the porn culture, there still has much impact of Christian Holy Book Bible and ethnic communities still preach and adhere to ethical lifestyle. I see the Christian world more like Hindu religion, when I see them chant the name of Christ and enthusiasm to eradicate evil from world. But then the reality is, more and more evil comes out from their surroundings and locale. The corruption of food is still (and also in mystic Vedic culture) considered as one of the grave sin for humans. Is it the outcome of perishing Country Church culture? May be! Any why don’t Christian missionary like Joel Osteen etc raise their voice against evil of GM Foods? The Christ said “Oh my child! share your bread with thy hungry neighbour!”. And what you are doing? Corrupting the food and poisoning thy neighbour.