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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]People are losing jobs all over the country, including in the leather industry, but the streets are awash with happy cows

Ranjona Banerji

A month away from India and when you get back, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Short snatches of news from Twitter and Facebook give you a small inkling of what’s happening but there’s nothing like getting back home to realise that cow politics, chicanery, communalism and social discord are alive and kicking.

And, as we have understood it so far, compassion for either animals or humans or anyone else plays no part in these huge public displays for the love of cows. The opposite is true when you consider that it is open season for murderers in India as long as they claim that cow protection is their justification.

A random airplane meeting with a businessman invested in the leather tanning industry led to some interesting revelations. Or some obvious home truths, depending on how you look at life. The tanning industry in Kanpur, he said, was in a massive mess. Firstly, because of the devastating effects of demonetisation, and, secondly, because of the shutdown of slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur is the world’s largest supplier of all equestrian leather. Buffalo hide is great for the furniture industry. But shoes and bags require cow leather. Both are in extreme short supply, thanks to various government schemes plus social, religious and cultural factors.

For a business already in decline because of shrinking demand and stagnation among other causes, the two recent government moves of demonetisation and protection of cattle have been a double whammy. The future of the industry and the implications for livelihood and economic impact are now hanging in the balance.

No one is unaware of the problems with tanneries – the polluting of rivers and added government pressure because of the Centre’s flagship Clean Ganga mission, although precious little has been done there. Nor can anyone justify the cruelty of illegal slaughter houses which must be legalised with improved and more human methods of killing animals.

But working to an end by taking note of all possible scenarios is not the Indian way of doing things. “Cow is our mother, Ganga is our mother” are nothing more than slogans, either to win elections or to create social discord. The intention by the Yogi Adityanath government is more to cement the Hindutva, upper caste vote than it is to either save cows or save rivers or bring order to industry. Of course, the former Samajwadi Party government did little to regularise the industry either.

The problem with stray cattle will only increase now as farmers have made it clear that they will not, and cannot support cattle once they are no longer productive and useful. There are almost no facilities for these ageing cattle, as we well know. Therefore, we will soon see a flood of cattle released on to our streets, in villages, towns and cities since the murderous “children” of these cows are not willing to house them.

Those who work at the bottom of the tanning industry and at slaughter houses are also those at the bottom of society – Dalits and Muslims. They will suffer along with the cows and buffaloes that no one wants or cares about. No one cares about them, either.

Those who have invested in the export of meat, or in leather, can and do belong to any strata, caste, religion and so on. And to be honest, one would have thought this government at least cared about them and the possible impact on the Indian economy when industries collapse.

But then we had demonetisation, the truth of which we do not yet know, months after it was foisted on us. So much for that.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges citizens to vote in record numbers as voting for first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins on 102 seats across India

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

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Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is taking place on 102 seats spread all over India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X and urged citizens to vote in record numbers. He said he particularly called upon the young and first time voters to vote in large numbers. He added that every vote counts and every voice matters.

Congress leader P Chidambaram and RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat cast their votes in Chennai and Nagpur, respectively. Chidambaram was confident that INDIA bloc will sweep all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also urged citizens to vote in large numbers and added that it is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also for shaping a bright future for the country.

He appealed to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of theirs has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. He appealed to the people to choose a strong and decisive leadership that has shown the determination to free the country from corruption, nepotism, and appeasement while fulfilling its promises.

In the first phase, elections are being held on all seats in Uttarakhand (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Meghalaya (2), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Mizoram (1), Puducherry (1), Nagaland (1), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1)   and Lakshadweep (1), Sikkim (1).  Besides, there is voting in 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, 6 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 12 seats in Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 2 in Manipur, 3 in West Bengal, and 1 seat each in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and Chhattisgarh. Assembly elections are also taking place on 60 seats in Arunachal Pradesh and 32 seats in Sikkim.

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Enforcement Directorate says Arvind Kejriwal is deliberately eating mangoes, sweets, taking sugar with tea to increase his blood sugar level and create ground for bail

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

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The Enforcement Directorate told the court on Thursday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in liquor policy case, is taking high sugar intake like mangoes and sweets every day deliberately in spite of suffering from type 2 diabetes so that he can create grounds for medical bail. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

Kejriwal had moved court and also sought permission to consult his regular doctor via video conference because his sugar levels were fluctuating. The judge directed the authorities concerned to file the report by tomorrow, when the court will take up the matter again.

 Advocate Vivek Jain, counsel for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responded to the ED’s argument and said this is an issue made by Enforcement Directorate so that home-cooked food should also be stopped. He said this would have a major impact on his health. Advocate Jain added that whatever Kejriwal is eating is as per his doctors prescribed dietary chart. He said the matter is sub judice and they do not have anything to say.

Advocate Vivek Jain objected to the Enforcement Directorate’s submission and said that the agency is making these allegations only for the media. He said that some toffee and other things are given to diabetic patients so that they can maintain their sugar levels. Jain added that Kejriwal is withdrawing his application and will file a better one later.

AAP minister Atishi Marlena said that Arvind Kejriwal had fallen ill and lost about 4.5 kg since his arrest on March 21. She addressed a press conference where the AAP leader said, Arvind Kejriwal is a severe diabetes patient but he never lets his health issue come as the way of his in the service to the nation.

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Enforcement Directorate seizes Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97 crore

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized businessman Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97.79 crore. The siezed properties include a residential flat in Mumbai’s Juhu, which is named after his wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.  The Enforcement Directorate said the seized properties include another property which is a residential bungalow in Pune and Equity shares in the name of Raj Kundra.

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. The Enforcement Directorate began the investigation on the basis of a number of FIRs which were registered by Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police. It is being said that Kundra collected large sums of money in the form of bitcoins which were worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017 from the public with the false promises of 10 % monthly return in the form of bitcoins.

The ED said that it was planned that the collected bitcoins will be used for bitcoin mining and investors will get to get a large return in Crypto assets. But the promoters cheated the investors as they concealed the ill-gotten bitcoins in obscure online wallets. The Enforcement Directorate revealed in its investigation that Raj Kundra received 285 bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.

The Enforcement Directorate in its statement said that the bitcoins were sourced out of proceeds of crime collected by Amit Bhardwaj from gullible investors. Since the deal did not go through, so Kundra is still in possession and enjoyment of 285 bitcoins which are valued at more than Rs 150 crore. Earlier a number of search operations were conducted in connection with this case, leading to the arrest of three people — Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, 2023, Nitin Gaur on December 29, 2023, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023.

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