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Ban on non-vegetarian cuisine at DU’s Hansraj College sparks controversy; students react 

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After reopening in February 2022 following the covid pandemic, Hansraj College made the decision to stop providing non-vegetarian cuisine in its canteen and dormitories. This decision has received harsh criticism from a number of sources. 

Despite strong opposition on Wednesday, Rama Sharma, the principal of Hansraj Institution, insisted that Hansraj College, a DU affiliated college, adheres to the Arya Samaj doctrine and refused to revoke the decision banning non-vegetarian food in the dormitory and restaurant. Speaking to PTI, Sharma added that 90% of the students are vegetarians and that they had previously demonstrated against non-vegetarian food being supplied in the dorms.

Sharma emphasized that “a notification was provided and the hostel prospectus indicated that no non-vegetarian food will be served at the hostel” in response to students’ claims that no notice had been given in this case. “The warning about non-vegetarian food won’t be removed. It is a college affiliated with the Arya Samaj. We won’t provide non-vegetarian meals since it goes against our principles. We often hold “havan.” We adhere to our guidelines. The brochure for the hostel specifies that only vegetarian food would be provided, “she informed PTI.

“We don’t request that St. Stephen’s (college) lead a “havan.” We respect the policies of Khalsa College. So why are we being interrogated?”Sharma stated. According to the principal, non-vegetarian food was never offered in the hostel canteen and it has been discontinued in the hostel after informing students.

Alok Sharma, a third-year student who lives in the hostel, had earlier claimed that the institution unexpectedly ceased providing non-vegetarian meals. “We weren’t made aware of any such order. No order, in my opinion, was issued. This is wrong. We require appropriate nutrition because we are living apart from our family . This is a step in the wrong direction. Our choice of food should be unrestricted.”

The “discontinuation” of non-vegetarian food has been criticized by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) as an effort to “saffronise the campus” and has called for a protest at Hansraj College on 20th January.

According to the SFI, the Hansraj management has also allegedly taken eggs from students who brought them to the hostel. Also, in contrast to the college principal’s assertion that 90% of students were vegetarians, the SFI stated that a poll performed within the Hansraj hostel revealed that over 75% of students were non-vegetarians.

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