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Zomato Delivery Fleet Segregation Plan Sparks Debate over India’s Complex Relationship with Food and Identity


Zomato's abrupt U-turn on plans to designate separate delivery fleets for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food orders underscores simmering societal tensions in . The food delivery giant's announcement last week that delivery partners would don green or red uniforms depending on food type drew widespread criticism. Critics argued the move could promote discrimination and even put delivery workers' safety at risk.

Within just 11 hours, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal backpedaled, acknowledging the plan could cause issues for customers and delivery partners. He recognized that in a nation where dietary habits are influenced by caste and religious beliefs, segregating fleets raised troubling questions. Goyal's initial claim of an “overwhelmingly positive” response was clearly premature.

The episode shines a light on India's complexity around food and identity. For many, vegetarianism stems not from personal choice but social hierarchies that marginalized communities. While Zomato meant no harm, it showed an uneven knowledge of cultural sensitivities. The uproar served as a reminder that even well-intentioned moves must consider historical context.

As India grows more diversified and globalized, finding the right balance between traditions and modernization will remain a work in progress. Debates around Zomato's botched plan highlight this tightrope, and the ongoing effort to establish an inclusive, equitable and progressive society.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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