A controversy has erupted after a number of newspapers reported that IIT Bombay has asked its non-vegetarian students to use separate plates at the time of dine-in to the hostel mess. However, the university has denied issuing any such advisory. A post from Suchisree Dhansiri, a student who shared the image of said e-mail, has gone viral on Facebook. “This was sent in my mail today by my hostel authorities in IIT Bombay. Non-veg eaters are requested to use separate plates. Purity- pollution concern reaches its height! Next, it will be separate plates for different castes and religion! Hypocrisy thy name is science and technology! (sic)” wrote Suchisree on the status posted on January 13th. The students’ tweet has since then gone viral with a number of social media users issuing a strong objection to university’s email.
“This is totally stupidity. If u guys seriously have such issue with nonvegetarians then stop breathing in this air as simple as that, (sic)” wrote Sonu Sona, a Facebook user. “Once upon a time in villages there used to be separate glasses for some section of people….After 50 years mumbai IIT adopts seperate plates,” wrote Ramanjaneyulu GV, another Facebook user.
“This, in my opinion, is just one of the many manifestations of the deep rooted problem of a casted and a privileged class dominating academia,” one Aniket Navalkar wrote. “Have seen this in companies too. The black and white plates!!! The fu** who call them scientific and merit based dont have an iota of scientific thinking. This is the population which like parasites suck the nation of any progress, not allowing the country to grow keeping their regressive mindset,” wrote Vignesh Prabhu on Facebook.
“In a premium education institution, the authority ate creating division in name of religion and religion based food habit. They should know the culture or defense forces and their trainings. These cultures should be stopped at one go and never be encouraged. This is just ridiculous to entertain and encourage such division,” a person with the account name Aruni Dasgupta wrote on Twitter.