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Is organising La Tomatina in India a vulgar display of wealth?

i Kindle Magazine
Category: News
Date: 08/08/2011
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It was first supposed to be held at Delhi. It has been postponed for now! The Kolkata edition is supposed to be held on 16th October. In a country where more than half the people do not get two square meals a day, a country that is fighting a failed battle with food inflation, how apt is it to throw truckloads of tomatoes at each other? Comment. To read more topical stories, news, views, blogs and interviews visit http://kindlemag.in/index.php !

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Is organising La Tomatina in India a vulgar display of wealth?

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Is organising La Tomatina in India a vulgar display of wealth?

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A developing country has no right to waste food on such a massive scale!

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no bling bling here. kolkata is not london (or spain) yet.

posted by Sagnik Gangopadhyay | suggest edit

its ridiculous that a country like india wil waste food like this.....govt must take action

posted by subhrajit | suggest edit

Its strange how the litter which sheets the Maidan after each Book Fair never fails to make it as the Metro headlines. Wonder what 1,20,000 Kg of tomato shit will do.

posted by Subham Agarwal | suggest edit

I wouldn't blame the government for playing 'nanny' if it decides to stop this. I know there are many ways of having fun. Just spare the food. Because hundreds of hungry Indians wouldn't mind having the tomatoes that will be thrown if the festival occurs.

posted by Souradeep Roy | suggest edit

instead of wasting tomatoes, it shud be given to the poor people....n this shud not be followed jus in this case, but in all festivals...be it any puja or diwali or holi or a wedding....since the govt in india is not doing anything to develop india or to help poor indians, it is the responsibility of the indian citizen to help their not so fortunate brothers and sisters, and not jus feel pity or give a few hundred Ruppees...

posted by Meenu Rathore | suggest edit

It is harmless fun for those who can afford it!

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If this event is stopped, then other festivities in India should be stopped till every Indian gets 2 square meals. Find out how much food is getting wasted in various warehouses. Enthusiasts of this event are operating in accordance with legal structure prevalent. And their money is getting circulated to the warehouse owners and also to the farmers.

posted by filthywealthylazee | suggest edit

Let the tomatoes used in such an event be premium priced ones. Its fine for those who can afford it. You can't stop celebrating Diwali because there are thousands of people who will go without any such enjoyment that day. Let's be practical, neither will you NOT shop for Durga puja because millions are homeless, hungry ... Please excuse me for sounding harsh but i think that's the hard truth.

posted by Gourab Mitra | suggest edit

Stop the construction of Formula 1 circuit in Gurgaon. Never ever bid for hosting the next Afro-Asian/ CWG games. And yes, if you are going to decide what people are supposed to do with their wealth, then bring back communism.

posted by sairamsrivatsa | suggest edit

Move over wastage of tomatoes. How about playing an online version of La'Tomatina that does not require use of tomatoes. Click on the following link to find out. http://bit.ly/THLaTo

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so is kindle magazine for the tomatina fest? as the last comment in for side of the debate is posted by kindle magazine. how is that "critical reflective journalism" if the journalist is taking side with one side in an open forum debate. rather than calling it a "debate" why no call it "our opinion" then if things are going to be so subjective from the stand point of the magazine. i am not a communist but formula 1 , afro-asian games how does that compare with throwing food away for fun just because u can afford it? if people are so wanting organize this in your home and have it with your family like we buy clothes during durga puja. making an advertisement about wasting food and making it a festival- wow! so why not also bring in india something like a "pie throwing contest" which takes place in some cities in USA. why not have fun throwing any and every kind of food?ur views here...

Posted by on 17/09/2011 at 11:46 AM

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since it is a debate the Kindle Magazine is right in showcasing both the aspects / opinions. Just because a news magazine is publishing an article does not mean, they are supporting the issue...

Posted by Kamanashish Roy on 12/10/2011 at 08:19 AM

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write yoso is kindle magazine for the tomatina fest? as the last comment in for side of the debate is posted by kindle magazine. how is that "critical reflective journalism" if the journalist is taking side with one side in an open forum debate. rather than calling it a "debate" why no call it "our opinion" then if things are going to be so subjective from the stand point of the magazine. i am not a communist but formula 1 , afro-asian games how does that compare with throwing food away for fun just because u can afford it? if people are so wanting organize this in your home and have it with your family like we buy clothes during durga puja. making an advertisement about wasting food and making it a festival- wow! so why not also bring in india something like a "pie throwing contest" which takes place in some cities in USA. why not have fun throwing any and every kind of food?ur views here...

Posted by on 17/09/2011 at 11:45 AM

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instead of wasting tomatoes, it shud be given to the poor people....n this shud not be followed jus in this case, but in all festivals...be it any puja or diwali or holi or a wedding....since the govt in india is not doing anything to develop india or to help poor indians, it is the responsibility of the indian citizen to help their not so fortunate brothers and sisters, and not jus feel pity or give a few hundred Ruppees...

Posted by Meenu Rathore on 15/09/2011 at 02:39 PM

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Too much of display now....!:X me plannin to throw rotten stale smelly tomatoes on organisers....:P :/ anyone accompanyin me

Posted by Vaishali Sheshappa on 09/09/2011 at 06:18 PM

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I believe we should adopt the culture we like... if our few rudimentary customs are not good we shifting to better ones, and the festivities are something should not have any boundaries.... if we call it expensive I dont know if other countries also have these many kinds of festivals or not, but I believe India would topple alll in this matter... e.g Dipawali--- crackers, dangerous, xpensive, harmful even we clebrate... we started celebrating Valentine, x-mas nd there would be few more... so let it happen and get the feel of the ppl, depending upon no.of contributors we talk of secularism, democracy....... as Anna using the tool "participation of democrats..."

Posted by Nidhi Raj on 17/08/2011 at 07:07 PM

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Let the tomatoes used in such an event be premium priced ones. Its fine for those who can afford it. You can't stop celebrating Diwali because there are thousands of people who will go without any such enjoyment that day. Let's be practical, neither will you NOT shop for Durga puja because millions are homeless, hungry ... Please excuse me for sounding harsh but i think that's the hard truth.

Posted by Gourab Mitra on 16/08/2011 at 06:48 PM

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I wouldn't blame the government for playing 'nanny' if it decides to stop this. I know there are many ways of having fun. Just spare the food. Because hundreds of hungry Indians wouldn't mind having the tomatoes that will be thrown if the festival occurs.

Posted by Souradeep Roy on 12/08/2011 at 11:34 AM

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Go and walk the Koley Market near Sealdah for everyday tomatino and cucumberino and all vegitablinos and you'll know how disgusting it is. Food has been given to EAT not to spoil like this. Just because people have the money and can afford to spend it like this doesn't mean it has to be done. When I was young even if my feet got touched with the plate on which we are eating my mother used to tell us to kiss the plate to show respect. This is our country of tradition and values. Celebrating something like this will be nothing but a shame...

Posted by Hussain Fakhruddin on 11/08/2011 at 11:06 PM

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If this event is stopped, then other festivities in India should be stopped till every Indian gets 2 square meals. Find out how much food is getting wasted in various warehouses. Enthusiasts of this event are operating in accordance with legal structure prevalent. And their money is getting circulated to the warehouse owners and also to the farmers.

Posted by on 08/08/2011 at 09:41 PM

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its is a serious issue,,,,,we indians care less about our society,,,,we tend to njoy ,,and never spare a thought about those ppls who remain is such a bad condition without foods

Posted by Adam Sin on 08/08/2011 at 08:50 PM

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Why not? If people can afford it in groups, circles... then why not? its ones wish to be a part of it or not.. if people can play expensive holi with flower extracts and fruit juices... why not tomatoes?

Posted by Anirban Saha on 08/08/2011 at 08:34 PM

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that kinda expensive holis,,,,is subjected to the usage of a family,,not in such a big event like this,,,,very rare,,,flower extracts is not an essential commodity to our life,,bt tomato,,it is,,,,,,,RBI is trying hard to to put measures in the food inflation,,,,

Posted by Tanumoy Hazra on 08/08/2011 at 08:39 PM

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anirban saha,,,,,affordibility is something,,we dont realize and we are blind to that

Posted by Adam Sin on 08/08/2011 at 08:52 PM

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The Tomatina Festival has been around for ages... but just because Zoya Akhtar chose this one to add to her Bollywood Travelogue..we have to start it...without any knowledge about how and why this is done in Spain

Posted by Sayantan Mitra on 08/08/2011 at 08:08 PM

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absolutly,,,that became our pysche,,,why dnt know,,we tend to copy ,,,,,,sayantan,,ppls dnt realize that bollywood and real life always doesnt matches

Posted by Tanumoy Hazra on 08/08/2011 at 08:13 PM

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This is luxury for our country,,ppls who are actually organising this,,,they think themselves to be someone out of our country,,,where still many ppls live below proverty line,,,,,,,,,,,,its bad

Posted by Tanumoy Hazra on 08/08/2011 at 07:45 PM

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Tanumoy, how can we say like that, true those people are not totally right but we are true Indians and an Indian are supposed to be host of all and its our duty to make them aware what they are doing, we cant dictate do this or do that...

Posted by Nidhi Raj on 17/08/2011 at 07:11 PM

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but its democracy right? people have right to fight for their choices and if the number of the people fighting for once choice is more than the number of people fighting for another choice -then majority wins! so if most indians are opposed to it govt will have to listen

Posted by on 17/09/2011 at 11:49 AM

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