The International Centre Goa (ICG) will organise a discussion on the book entitled ‘The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship’ by Human Rights lawyer, teacher, campaigner and writer, Nandita Haksar. This programme will be held from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on August 11 at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.
The programme will be the held under ICG’s ‘Kitaab – Books in Discussion’ series. The session will be chaired by Director of ICG, Pushkar P and the discussant will be Literati Bookshop & Cafe owner, Diviya Kapur.
Haksar is a human rights lawyer, teacher, campaigner and writer. She is the author of several books like ‘The Judgement That Never Came: Army Rule in Northeast India’ (with Sebastian Hongray) (2011); ‘Across the Chicken Neck: Travels in Northeast India’ (2013) and ‘The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day’ (2015).
In ‘The Flavours of Nationalism’, Haksar writes about how food shaped her awareness of politics, patriarchy, nationalism and socialism.
On a wider scale, she explains how our tastes and attitudes to food are shaped by caste, race, gender and class, exposing latent prejudices and bigotry. The book explores questions posed by food anthropologists and ecologists, and revisits debates between Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on inter-dining. Haksar also addresses controversies over beef-eating, vegetarianism and ideas of Hindu vs Muslim food.
At the heart of the book is the question: if Indians cannot imagine sitting with each other and sharing food with a sense of equality and respect, how then can national unity be built?
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