Any survey that's looking to gauge shifts across India deserves a little skepticism, but this one, from The Hindu and CNN-IBN, is impressive merely for its scope (14,680 rural and urban respondents in 19 states). The bottom line: 60% of Indians are non-vegetarian.
- 55% of Brahmins are vegetarian
- More women (34%) are vegetarian than men (28%)
- 15% of Dalits and 12% of Adivasis are vegetarian
- 8% of Christians are vegetarian, and 3% of Muslims
- About 27% of the population say they 'Sometimes' go without 2 square meals
- Support for a government ban on alcohol is widespread (73%)
- Smoking is about twice as prevalent (27%) as drinking (13%)
I'm going to try to track down a polling expert for a critique of these numbers and the methodology, but in the meanwhile, dissect.