cattle

How Government of Maharashtra is helping destroy Mumbai's forest 1

How Government of Maharashtra is helping destroy Mumbai’s forest

Aarey Milk Colony, spread over 1,259 hectares of land, is an extension of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In 1949, the land we know as Aarey was given to the Dairy Development Board of Maharashtra to shift the cattle sheds from the city to Aarey. Since then this area has been known as Aarey Milk Colony. …

How Government of Maharashtra is helping destroy Mumbai’s forest Read More »

Victory rally as Rajasthan government accepts farmer demands

Massive victory for farmers of Rajasthan gets ignored by National Media #Sikar

On the 1st of September 2017, farmers of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisab Sabha called for an indefinite mahapadav or gherao of the various District Collectorates in Rajasthan. Like the farmer protests in Maharashtra, these too were sustained bouts of anger over neglect by the government. The farmers had very basic demands related to the very …

Massive victory for farmers of Rajasthan gets ignored by National Media #Sikar Read More »

peta-india-jallikattu

Response from Dr Manilal Valliyate of Animal Rahat on the #Jallikattu posts

Animal Rahat is a sister concern of PETA. Dr Manilal Valliyate heads Animal Rahat and has added the following response to the ongoing discussion (article my me on Jallikattu, Response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA, my response to that article): Hi Vidyut, Apologies for taking this long to get back to you. Introducing myself, I …

Response from Dr Manilal Valliyate of Animal Rahat on the #Jallikattu posts Read More »

bull-aggression

Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India

I am neither defending nor opposing jallikattu. Nor do I intend this to be an adverserial discussion. Bear with me, it is slightly long. The downside of describing behavior of bulls to those not trained to see it is that each picture seems to take a thousand words. My response to the response by Poorva Joshipura, …

Behavior of bulls in jallikattu videos – my response to PETA India Read More »

Bull taming at jallikattu, Allangur, India

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate

I have refrained from commenting on jallikattu for a long time, mainly because I don’t have any real experience or concrete insight on the subject (yes, that does prevent me from making opinions known). However, after several debates, reading up, arguments and a lot of thinking, I can definitely say that a middle way needs …

Jallikattu is not bullfighting – it needs its own debate Read More »

Exotic and indigenous cattle population between 2007 and 2012

Animal husbandry, cattle slaughter and economic viability in five images

In an attempt to bring reason to the debate on cow slaughter bans, I have tried to present data from Maharashtra where the broadening of an existing ban on the slaughter of cows to include calves, bulls and bullocks has the poor cattle owners of the drought stricken state devastated as their livestock has overnight …

Animal husbandry, cattle slaughter and economic viability in five images Read More »

Prashant Poojary, Bajrangdal activist

Bajrangdal activist Prashant Poojary murdered

Prashant Poojary, a Bajrangdal activist who was a part of their “cow protection” teams, was murdered in front of his father, who witnessed the attack. 6 assailants on two motorcycles arrived and attacked him with sharp weapons and escaped even as he fell bleeding. His father took him to a hospital, where he later died. …

Bajrangdal activist Prashant Poojary murdered Read More »

Satish Acharya cartoon for Sify.com on the cow urine disinfectant for hospitals

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle

When you begin with a conclusion and backfit “science” to prove it, absurd things happen.The Holy Cow seems to be one such absurdity plaguing India these days. Trumpeting the importance of the cow, the Hindutva right governments are all out to “protect” said cows by preventing all cattle slaughter. While cow slaughter is already banned in …

The Gobar economy. Finding economic value in barren cattle Read More »