This made me realize - there is a great deal of misconception about Indian food habits
Hence a thread on Indian eating habits based on National Family Health survey 2015-2016
a) Misconception 1 : 7 in 10 indians are non-vegetarian
b) Misconception 2 : It is only the upper castes who abstain from meat
d) Misconception 4 - Southern India is entirely into meat except for brahmins
E.g. Many on the cultural Left want to push Misconception 1 aggressively through media. While it is technically true, it ignores the low frequency of meat eating and low Per-capita consumption
Often it is claimed that the vegetarian diet is an outcome of economic hardship. That's just a load of Bulll. It is an outcome of culture, religion and is a conscious choice
Given that large parts of the so-called meat eating population in India barely eats meat often enough, let's track a different metric -
% of population that eats fish / chicken / other meat at least once a week
If your threshold is >60%, the # states goes up to 6.
I am not passing value judgments on that. This is just a litany of facts.
Anyone who claims to the contrary is spinning the numbers to suit a certain narrative
The survey was restricted to people aged between 15 and 49
How will these numbers change if we restrict to "Chicken / other meat" and exclude Fish.
Then the all India % for - # Indians who eat meat at least once a week drops from
45% to 36%!
For Hindus, it drops from 41% to 32.8%
But for other parts of India, the figures change massively
Let's look one region at a time