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31.05. BERSAS Lecture: "Eating Healthy Food in Urban India: The Role of Digital Technology" (Dr. Rituparna Patgiri)

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Eating Healthy Food in Urban India:

The Role of Digital Technology


Dr. Rituparna Patgiri


After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between food habits and health is back in the spotlight, particularly in the urban Indian context. There are several prescriptions for food from medical experts, health practitioners, nutritional experts and even laypeople. There is a lot of talk about how a healthy lifestyle is important to fight the virus and its consequences. The emphasis on eating healthy is not new. Indian food practices have been traditionally governed by health-related rules and regulations. What is, however, new, is how the digital sphere is used by practitioners to disseminate information about diet and health. This knowledge is then used by the consumers to facilitate their ideas about food and health, often making the boundaries between the credible and the fake porous. The importance of the digital in health is also further increased by the state push towards the digitalization of health services. Thus, by using data from Delhi, this paper looks at how ideas of healthy food are constructed with the help of digital technology in primarily the urban context. 





Dr. Rituparna Patgiri is currently working at the Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (TSLAS), Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), Patiala. She has earlier taught at Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Gauhati University. She has a PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Before this, she completed her master’s in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi and a BA (Honours) in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), University of Delhi. Patgiri also holds a post-graduate diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (CTPB) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. 




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