BJP MLC from Jammu calls for ban on momos; Twitterati decide to have none of it

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By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 8, 2017 4:44 pm
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There is no dearth of the ridiculous statements made by ministers in India, given their whims and fancies. After chowmein being branded as a cause for rape, and let’s not even get into the beef row, the most recent food item to generate controversy is the popular streetfood momo. Ramesh Arora, a BJP MLC in Jammu and Kashmir, has now declared that Chinese food is “destroying the Indian food culture”, and is on a mission to remove such items from India’s foodscape. And for Arora, it’s all starting with the humble momo.

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The reason for this is being, as Arora believes that the dumplings are symbolic of all Chinese dishes consumed by Indians and is detrimental to people’s health. Talking to he said, “These foods contain ajinomoto, a tastemaker that is added in these foods, which in turn makes them addictive.”

It goes without saying that Arora’s statement and his call for a ban on momo did not go down well with people. From calling it “idiotic” to accusing him of attacking the “minorities”, social media is buzzing with opinions.

Here are some of the reactions.

Oh yes!

Hear, hear.

We cannot help but agree to this.

We have the same question.

Well, we hope not.

Well, perhaps?

How come the Minister did not think of this?


Achhe din, anyone?

One never knows.

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  1. K
    Kapil Acharya
    Jun 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    If someone add #ajinomoto in Indian food like samosa or any spicy food related to some of ancient culture, then what will you do? ban that food or ban that ingredient? Since foreign people mostly Nepalese are doing well with #momobusiness in India, you don't want them to takeover the business of other Indian foods and so you put ban on #momo. What a sick thought? If you don't want foreign food being successful in your country then think what will you feel if Indian foods are ban in other countries? Your people are doing well in Nepal and other country with Indian food business like panipuri and chatpat and other stuffs and keep in mind that they also add that so called #ajinomoto.
    1. A
      Jun 9, 2017 at 5:25 am
      Why are they not banning Tobacco and Alcohol if the are so concerned about people's health?? #doublestandards
      1. S
        S/Major/Hony Lt
        Jun 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm
        The MLA is only suggesting. Yes, being Chines food it should be banned to discourage Chinese made items as they support in destabilising India. If Ajjinamoto is used then one become addictive to consume. Why so much hue and cry. You eat or stop. Donot make it a sensational issue. Even eating beef is individual choice. But stee cows and sel them for use as beef is wrong. Can anybody use pork in Islamic countries. Majority of Hindus are non beef eaters. If you co-operate with your majority people what is harm. Donot make a mole a hill.
        1. S
          Satya Devl
          Jun 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm
          The food is made by Indians who make a living out of it. Don't give silly arguments just for the sake of arguing.