The Maggi Mania- Another Banning Gimmick?

“Only 2 minutes and here goes away the hunger, yes mom, today only Maggi and nothing else”! Ain’t this a very common dialogue of every Indian household?  Or “Rinnie, Mumma is going for a meeting baby. Can cook Maggi for youself”! And Rinnie is really happy. After all no more the same dreary chappatis and a green vegetable!

Maggi brings with it so many nostalgic moments. Cooking it everywhere, at anytime and at any place! In hostels, at high mountain peaks to roadside dhabas! Yes Maggi- the legend on which I, very securely and comfortably have fed from school days and in turn offered the same to my babies is going to be removed from the market! Will it be or will it be not? Commoners’ life is abuzz with this speculation!

Up till now Maggi was the favourite-st  dish of every household whether it be that of a  rag picker or of a glittering kothi in one of the posh colonies of New Delhi, the heart of our country, when suddenly there was a huge hue and cry over the existence of ‘Maggi’.

All those who modelled for the product were also summoned by the court! Now, models and actors, ask all the Ministries before taking up any assignment. Because when one day finally they’ll wake up from their deep ignorant slumber, you’ll have to pay more than what you have earned! Now wasn’t it the job of the Health Ministry or Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution to look up into this matter at first place? If the product is so seriously poisonous then why did they allow it to survive in the market for more than three decades and put our lives at risk?   And if any product is in the market, it means the Govt. has given it the ‘green signal’ to survive, then why trouble those who advertised for the same? Next the Govt. might even ban the College Canteens for selling Maggi!! Tch! Tch! I pity our poor poor dumb Government! Instead of putting itself behind the bars, it is trying to catch hold of innocents!

Maggi Noodles RecipeMany ‘2 minutes noodles’ tried to make their places in the market but Maggi- the unquestionable and crowned queen of all ‘2 minutes noodles’ ousted them without any visible push! No competition bhai when the queen bee is around!

But let us know, before discarding and pushing  Maggi out of our lives- before giving birth to the most ‘controversial break up’ what exactly is causing this break up! It is the high content of Monsodium glutamate or Ajinomoto as we call it in local language. And this Ajinomoto is luxuriously sprinkled in all Chinese dishes in hotels and restaurants! Where is the check post? I can see none!

I agree with the Government whole heartedly for taking the decision to pull it out of the market if it is ruining the health of our kids! But here I would like to remind my dear dear Govt., that Maggi is not only consumed by kids but also by youth and people of all ages! Putting a ban on Maggi is alright if there is danger to health but what about the stinking filthy drinking water being provided in slums? What about consumption of cigarettes and gutkhas? Why aren’t these items or things being banned? Many a times gutkhas have been banned but still at every corner of every city it is selling like hot cake, with people brilliantly displaying their glittering stained teeth! (pun)!  We all know that many people every year die due to lungs; mouth cancer etc. but still pouches of tobaccos are adorning every street of our Hindustan- Meri jaan- Meri shaan!

Nestle’s global CEO Paul Bulcke has addressed the media on the controversy around Maggi noodles which has been under country-wide scrutiny for high lead content and mono-sodium glutamate or MSG, a taste enhancer. (NDTV Report). Let us see what happens, if Maggi survives or dies!

 I am not in favour of Maggi- don’t misunderstand and misinterpret what I am trying to convey. I am only flabbergasted and highly puzzled at the so very late ‘discovery’ of our Government and wondering if many more such discoveries have to made- undug truths dug, to round up more people to the courts? And also wondering if the Government is going to take actions against so many  spurious drugs, food items, cigarettes , alcohol etc sold in the market or not? Or will it allow business houses to advertise on televisions about how to get your husbands rid of such maniacal manias? Oh ok! So much tax and gross profit is involved with sale of alcohol and cigarettes… so just a warning- ‘Cigarette smoking is injurious to health!’

I will not be amazed, if the next day Maggi our jaan, is back to the market, with a label, ‘Maggi is injurious to health’ and the dhaba people swiping a pair of scissors at the ‘warning’ and shouting at a group of students, ‘Kaun kaun kahayega Maggi? Risk tumhari hai!’

Rashmi Singh

About Rashmi Singh

Rashmi Singh is an author, columnist, counsellor, painter, personality development advisor and an educationist. She has been in the field of education from past twenty five years. She started her career as a class teacher of Std. VIth in a CBSE school where she taught almost all subjects. She has taught English to 12th graders in many renowned schools of India. She has been also the Vice Principal and Headmistress of few very good schools. As an author she has given 7 books to the literary world. Ex Headmistress of Tagore Public School, Palwal, Ms Singh is currently the Headmistress of Delhi International School, Greater Faridabad.


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