“Caste on the Menu Card”, a documentary about politics centred around people’s food choices produced by students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, was scheduled to be screened at the Jeevika Documentary Festival, which runs from October 31 to November 1, 2015. However, it was removed from the shortlist of films after the Information & Broadcasting Ministry refused to clear it for screening. A statement from the Centre for Civil Society, which organises the festival every year, stated that it was disappointed with the move as well as with the ministry’s refusal to budge despite clarifications that the film was shot before the beef-ban controversy erupted in Maharashtra. “It seems that they have opted to steer clear of the beef issue altogether, as the issue is creating conflict these days,” the statement added.
The movie was however made available on YouTube. The description reads: “The film delves into the idea of food as a site of exclusion by focusing on beef-eating practices in Mumbai. It attempts to portray the prevalence of caste differentiations as seen in the food choices of people in the city and touches upon concerns related to livelihood, social inclusion and human rights.” Here it is in full.