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Cancel the word curry because of its links to colonial Britain, urges food writer

South Asian food writers are calling for the word curry to be cancelled.

They say it has close ties to British colonialism.

And critics add the word is just a way of pulling together lots of special dishes from different regions.


Food blogger Chaheti Bansal, 27, posted a video online – seen by more than 3.5 million people – calling for people to “cancel the word curry”.

Bansal added: ‘Not in all cultures, but specifically in Indian cuisine because I don’t understand what that word means.

“There’s a saying that the food in India changes every 100 km.

“Yet we’re still using this umbrella term popularised by white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes.

“But we can still unlearn.

“My campaign is not about fully cancelling the word it’s just about ending its use by people who don’t know what it means”.


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