Bengali vlogger posts ‘harmless egg roll video’, gets trolled for ‘eating meat during Navratri’

A YouTube channel called Bong Eats recently started the Durga Pujo special videos and in one of them featured Kolkata's most celebrated street food - the egg roll. However, soon the "harmless egg roll video" received some severe backlash from those who consider eating non-veg fare during Navratris unacceptable.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2017 12:16 pm
bengali vlogger trolled, egg roll video, bengali vlogger trolled for egg roll video, bong eats trolled, indian express, indian express news The co-founder of the YouTube wrote about this harrowing incident and how an egg roll video led to racist comments. (Source: Bong Eats/YouTube)

If you happen to know a Bengali – or are one – you would know of their love, rather passion for food. Bengalis love their food and a visit to any food joint in their company will convince you of it, in case you have any doubts. It is no surprise then that there are several YouTube channels and blogs dedicated to Kolkata – the city that boasts of being Bengali street food heaven, and one such is Bong Eats which, as the name suggests, documents the food of Kolkata.

With Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals for the Bengalis, just around the corner, the YouTube channel recently featured Kolkata’s most celebrated street food – the egg roll, which was well-received by many. However, soon the “harmless egg roll video” received some severe backlash from some who consider eating non-vegetarian fare during the holy week of Navratris unacceptable, turning the comments section of the video into a virtual battlefield.

It took one user on the video to comment that Bengal is the only place which “feasts” while the other part of India fasts during Navratri, and it soon snowballed into a debate about Bengali’s supposed lack of control. And it did not end here. Soon others joined in and called out Bengalis on their supposed pride and cultural superiority.

This is the video that stirred the debate.

Here are some of the comments.

The channel did try to make some peace

But it clearly did not help.

And things went from bad to worse, as others joined in.

When some “Bengalis” joined in to defend, it was met by snide and malicious comments.

(Source: Saptarshi Chakavarty)

And things became murkier.

The intensity of the attack has clearly rattled  Saptarshi Chakraborty, one of the co-founders of the YouTube channel. Speaking to he said, “Insiya and I created Bong Eats to document the food of Calcutta, which reflects its cosmopolitan nature. It isn’t just Hindu Bengali food. In Calcutta we have a roll for everyone.”

He also addressed the issue in his blog and wrote about the hatred spewed on Bengalis and Bengal, and the increasing intolerant attitude of some towards other people’s opinion and cultural practices. Expressing shock at the racist attack on a harmless video, he wrote, “We, as well as other people in India who do not speak Hindi and have religious rituals and culture different from the mainstream North Indian Hindus, have always been looked at with a mixture of suspicion and contempt.”

In the light of the recent sad turn of events, Chakraborty did not hold back and wrote, “With the government mercilessly shoving one particular brand of militant Hinduism down the orifices of every Indian citizen, the cowards, the ignorant, and the anti-intellectuals are creeping out of the holes in the ground and becoming the voice of the nation.” And finally opining on the carnival that is Durga Puja the vlogger concluded, “Our mother is not a submissive cow! She is a fire-spewing, demon-killing, badass woman who knows how to have fun.”


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  1. P
    Sep 20, 2017 at 9:38 am
    if i have that funny M Gupta,i will torture him,i will feed him bedwin fish rolls only for a month,neka soshti amar,kolkatay to ele gobgbiye non veg gele sob,tui kha na bap,ja khushi,na kheyei thak in fact,ar taka joma baap na kheye kheye, I am a proud bengali,I will not tolerate anything funny on our food habits.
    1. Debal Deb
      Sep 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm
      Chakraborty's response is quite apt and perfect. It's the idiocratic agenda of the Modi-fied government of promoting Hindi language as the fake 'national language' (against the Cons ution), north Indian moribund culture of ignorance and the constructed idioms of "Hindutva" (contrary of Hindu scriptural texts, including the Vedas) that has emboldened the coward and the imbecile to creep out of their gutter holes onto the ground and spread their tentacles.
      1. Debal Deb
        Sep 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm
        Chakraborty has very aptly responded to the imbeciles' comments. It's the "Hindi-Hindu-Hindutva" agenda of this new idiocracy that has really emboldened the coward and the imbecile to creep out from their smelly holes and spread their tentacles.
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          Nil Roy
          Sep 17, 2017 at 11:09 am
          Don't know about BJP or TMC..don't dare to talk about mach, misti, Rabindranath etc...kelani ek fonta baire porbe na.
          1. S
            Sep 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm
            Non-Bengalis should get certain facts right. We Bengalis don't celebrate Navratri..Period! We celebrate Durga Puja, which is a five day festival. And NON-VEG is very much a part of it, with meat being served especially on Navami. Bengal has its own culture and way of life and the saffron brigade would do themselves a favour by keeping their large noses out of Bengal. Long live egg, chicken and mutton roll.
            1. Debal Deb
              Sep 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm
              Also long live beef liver rolls and beef biriyani in central Kolkata - any time of the year... We don't care a for your illiterate Hindutva beef ban Many of us do follow the Vedic practice of beef eating as a "religious rite" and right of choice. (Has any of the Cow Mother's sons ever heard about this Vedic text?)
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