Writankar Mukherjee & Ratna Bhushan
New Delhi | Kolkata:
“Beef is definitely the most popular food item among South Koreans. The recent controversy over beef eating in India has created some concern among our expats in various South Ko rean business firms in India,“ a South Korean official said.
The capital region is the second-largest home for South Koreans in India with around 200 professionals, while Chennai is the biggest with around 600 as several factories are located in the area. As for Japanese, the NCR has about 2,000 of them. “There is increasing concern. Even in Gur gaon, having beef itself is technically a criminal offence The recent incident in Dadri was carried in Japanese media,“ a Japanese government official said.
The effects of the meat controversy have been most strongly felt in the north and west but the sense of forebod ing has spread to a key southern hub as well.
Bengaluru-based staffing and skill development firm Quess Corp CMD Ajit Isaac said the meat controversy has added to concerns about freedom of choice among foreign ers, given that meat is so much a part of the western lifestyle “While its unavailability may not be a stumbling block ye for expats to work here, it certainly raises question on the quality of life in India,“ Isaac said.
Staffing firms said they are now focusing more on Indian cuisines and taboos for expats as part of their recruitment and induction process to sensitise them to what can and can’t be had.