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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]

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Madhya Pradesh school principal claims BR Ambedkar didn’t write Constitution | Watch

Although it is true that the constitution was, in the literal sense, written by the famous Indian calligrapher Prem Behari Narai Raizada, however, the conceptualisation and brain behind the origin of the constitution were Dr. Ambedkar led drafting committee.

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A video from Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen has come to the fore where a school principal of Navodaya Vidyalaya can be heard claiming that BR Ambedkar didn’t write the constitution while addressing the assembly of students of his school. The principal has been identified as Jitendra Mishra of Navodaya Vidyalaya.

In the video, the Principal can be seen addressing the student reportedly on Constitution day and imparting his knowledge about the origin story of the constitution. Later in the video, the principal can be heard asking his students about who wrote the constitution after which the student can be heard replying with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s name.

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The principal then went on to say that the saying that Dr. Ambedkar wrote the constitution is wrong and also added that Dr. Ambedkar didn’t even write one line in the constitution. The man then replaces the name of Ambedkar as the father of the constitution and said that the constitution was written by Prem Behari Narain Raizada.

Although it is true that the constitution was, in the literal sense, written by the famous Indian calligrapher Prem Behari Narai Raizada, however, the conceptualisation and brain behind the origin of the constitution were Dr. Ambedkar led drafting committee.

Twitter reaction

After the video went viral, many users came forward to remark on the incident as one user came forward and wrote that now history can neither be suppressed nor changed despite how hard these people try, implying that there is an attempt and rewriting history and discrediting certain people.

Another user added to the conversation and trenchantly targeted the principal by stating that his thinking reeks of Manusmriti, a book that talks about practicing casteism and more. The user also urged that the authorities should be penalised for his remark.

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Man says he will vote for BJP over Article 370 in MCD election

One such video is doing rounds on Twitter, where a man is saying that he will vote for the BJP because the party has scrapped Article 370 and is creating Ram Mandir.

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Man says he will vote for BJP over Article 370 in MCD election

The elections for the Municipal Corporations of India are approaching but there are a majority of people who aren’t aware of what these elections are basically for and WhatsApp has played a major role in this. People make opinions by seeing stuff on social media without even verifying it.

Whatsapp has turned out to be the most favoured platform for political propaganda. There are a huge number of groups that target millions of WhatsApp users with political messaging. People are bringing national issues to vote for a party in MCD elections.

One such video is doing rounds on Twitter, where a man is saying that he will vote for the BJP because the party has scrapped Article 370 and is creating Ram Mandir. The irony is that the man doesn’t even know what Article 370 is. When the reporter informs him that the aim of the MCD elections is to raise people’s issues such as the working of street lights or cleanliness in the area. He replied he will still vote for BJP even after street lights haven’t been fixed and trash is spread on the road.

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The video is spreading like wildfire on social media. They feel such a social platform hacks people’s minds. People do not know what is good for them. One of the users said getting information from social media is okay, but after the person gets the information, they should verify it and think about it.

Another user commented that others are suffering because of such people. Yet another wrote everyone is stung by the nationalism bug.

Meanwhile, the voting for the MCD elections will be held on December 4, and the counting of votes will be done on December 7.

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Customer fight restaurant staff in Mumbai over fee, video viral

The video also shows the agitated man assaulting the man who was trying to stop the transgression. The other customers can also be seen turning to hooliganism by vandalizing the establishment.

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An incident has come to the light from Mumbai’s Navi where the restaurant customers, agitated with the fee structure of the establishment turned to violence against the restaurant staff to resolve the issue. The video also shows the restaurant staff can also be seen retaliating.

In the CCTV footage of the restaurant, the customers can be seen peacefully consuming and eating their food after which one guy from one side of the restaurant can be seen getting up and unleashing an assault on one of the staff. Another customer, who was in the middle of his meal, can be seen getting up and trying to stop the man.

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The video also shows the agitated man assaulting the man who was trying to stop the transgression. The other customers can also be seen turning to hooliganism by vandalizing the establishment.

Twitter Reaction

After the video went viral, one user came forward to remark on the incident and wrote that people in cities are frustrated all the time and blamed it being the cause of the incident. Another user added that this looks pre-planned and suggested that the whole incident looks to be bigger than what the video shows.

Another user broke out his internal comic and highlighted the one man saving the bottle of water from falling amidst all of this and called him to be the unsung hero of Navi Mumbai.

Another incident

Another incident of a similar nature came to light from Noida recently where the a man brutally beat up the restaurant staff over delayed biryani order. The incident took place at Ansal Mall’s Zauk restaurant. According to reports, the men were arrested subsequently after.

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