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The Hindu view of food and drink - a critique

Learned readers may read an article by a scholar of our times, Dr. R. Ganesh (RG from here on) here. The title of the article is "The Hindu view on food and drink" and has been published in Indiafacts. As the article touches quite a few aspects spanning history, dharma etc., it is difficult to write a comprehensive response in the comments section.
A few disclaimers Dr. Ganesh is a respected personal friend and I have benefited intellectually from his long but irregular association.  The association is old enough for me to analyze his article's position vis a vis his positions about other issues that he has held in the past. To this extent, my judgment of RG and his article is coloured. Certain points of his article are analyzed here avoiding personalizing the argument to the extent possible. This article is not about RG’s scholarship for which he doesn't need any certificates.

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