Thursday, May 24, 2007

Street Food and the Law 00: Prefatory Note

It's official, finally. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) scheme for banning cooking by the roadside has received the assent of the Supreme Court. The implications of this are manifold. It affects food-sellers, it affects the working populace who are unable to afford meals at more "respectable" eating places on a daily basis, it also threatens a vital part of Delhi's rapidly dwindling cultural heritage.

On the other hand, what does this scheme seek to achieve? For that matter, what does it achieve in actual terms? Given the government's dismal record of implementing laws, will the scheme be at all enforced effectively? Or will it be used as yet another means of harassing vendors and extorting more bribes from them? Indeed, the plethora of questions and debates the scheme provokes is staggering, no less.

It scarcely needs to be said that the scheme also calls for a concerted, mature response from all and sundry. To this end, the Foodscapes Blog intends to carry a series of articles examining this issue from the constitutional, legal, sociological, and other perspectives.

This present post will also feature a list of articles. Other articles, as and when they are posted, will be hyperlinked to it.

List of Articles
  1. Legal Background
  2. Standards - I
  3. Standards - II
  4. A Strange Article
  5. Societal Trends