Wednesday, June 03, 2009

GI or no GI

A few days ago, I came across this piece on the Tirupati Laddoo being registered as part of GI. For the hundreds and thousands and crores who throng to Tirupati, the GI tag is not something that adds or diminishes their devotion. So, the GI Tag is some bureaucract taking advantage of the fact that there is only one Tirupati in the world, in AP and only one Tirupati Laddoo. And what part of Tirupati can one tag - the laddoo - hence this GI tagging thing. The rest is really in the hearts and minds of people.

GI is not a Greatness indicator, but Geographic Indicator. With GI, without GI, inspite of the GI, Tirupati will continue to be a spiritual center for a long long time. And, some sweet shops make the clone of the Tirupati Laddoo without too much diffculty, but that does not mean people throng to these sweet shops....

As for the GIs itself, I think GIs should be restricted to a geographical speciality - something caused naturally thanks to the geographical aspects of an area, but then thats me...

2 comments:

ggop said...

I'm probably the only one who automatically saw laddoo and GI and jumped to conclusions you are talking about the glycemic index!

neelakantan said...

:)