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Updated on: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 12:32 PM IST

'Indian cuisine based entirely on one spice': WaPo columnist faces netizens' wrath for incorrect and 'racist' statement

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Indian across the world have been stereotyped for our accent, culture and food – especially for the spice content. The recent mockery was done by American columnist Gene Weingarten who wrote an article in the Washington Post that Indian cuisine is based on one spice.

The article invited backlash from people across the globe for its lack of research and knowledge.

In a screenshot that went viral, the previous version of the article reads, "Indian food. The Indian subcontinent has vastly enriched the world, giving us chess, buttons, the mathematical concept of zero, shampoo, modern-day nonviolent political resistance, Chutes and Ladders, the Fibonacci sequence, rock candy, cataract surgery, cashmere, USB ports ... and the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based entirely on one spice. If you like Indian curries, yay, you like Indian food! If you think Indian curries taste like something that could knock a vulture off a meat wagon, you do not like Indian food."

The article enraged Indians across the globe who took to social media to let Weingarten know that Indian cuisine uses more than one spice. People are calling it a 'racist' statement with a 'colonial gaze'.

Washington Post has now corrected the article, but that hasn't put off the rage on Twitter.

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Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

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Published on: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 12:32 PM IST
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