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To butcher, or not to butcher
Advocates of banning of cow slaughter, in support of which demand Vinoba Bhave has started a fast from April 22, like to claim that their case rests on the rational economic argument that slaughter of cows reduces milk production and harm the livestock economy and agricultural production. This paper seeks to examine this argument with reference to Kerala, one of the two states which have so far refused to impose a total ban on slaughter of cows. The author discusses the extent of bovine slaughter in Kerala, the factors responsible for the increase in slaughter in recent years and the effects of slaughter on the size and composition of the state's bovine population. Cattle slaughter in Kerala, the author concludes, has resulted in a rise in milk and meat output and a ban on slaughter of cattle, especially cows, will adversely affect on-going livestock development projects and the weaker sections of the population.
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7 days ago by thomas.kochi
As Christmas season starts, Pope defends nativity scenes in public places
Pope Francis on Sunday defended the display of nativity scenes in town squares and other public places, which has become an annual contentious issue at Christmas time in countries such as the United States and France.The pope travelled to the town of Greccio, east of Rome, to visit the spot where St. Francis of Assisi started the tradition by setting up the first nativity scene in 1223.There, he signed a papal document known as an Apostolic Letter and titled “Admirabile Signum,” (Wonderful Sign) on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene.“With this Letter, I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares,”In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favour of allowing nativity scenes in public places, saying that they were not an effort to establish or support a particular religion and also possessed what the court called “legitimate secular purposes”.In 2014 in France, a court order to dismantle a nativity scene in a town hall because it violated the country’s secular tradition prompted a backlash, which won support from right-wing politicians...the pope said the purpose of the nativity scene was to teach “that we cannot let ourselves be fooled by wealth and fleeting promises of happiness” and that they were a reminder to help those less fortunate.“From the manger, Jesus proclaims, in a meek yet powerful way, the need for sharing with the poor as the path to a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalised,”
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7 days ago by thomas.kochi
Why critics of majoritarianism on the Ayodhya verdict are wrong | India Today Insight
the Supreme Court had been 'tasked with the resolution of a dispute whose origins are as old as the idea of India itself' Critics of the verdict have argued that the Supreme Court has relied on "faith instead of law and reason" and that the judgment has "sided with majoritarianism". Both assertions are wrong.The reasoning, according to the learned judges, was that while both parties Ram Lalla Virajman and the Sunni Central Waqf Board had competing rights over the disputed site, lawyers representing the Hindus had provided better evidence of continuous worship compared to the Muslims.The judgment cited travelogues written by William Finch, who visited India between 1607 and 1611 A.D., and Father Joseph Tieffenthaler, who came to the country between 1766 and 1771 A.D., which described the spot as the birthplace of Lord Ram and to the fact that actual worship was conducted on the site.The judgment also cited an Archeological Survey of India (ASI) report which indicated the existence of a 'pre-existing underlying structure dating back to the 12th century', a structure which the ASI said was of 'Hindu origin'. The Muslim parties could not provide a record of ownership for the three centuries after the construction of the mosque in 1528 A.D., nor offer evidence that 'namaz' was offered in the mosque. 'The conclusion that place of birth of Lord Ram is the three dome structure can, therefore, be reached,' the judgment said.The verdict brings to an end the festering one-and-a-half centuries-old legal battle over the title to the disputed structure, an issue that has been--in the words of the apex court-'a flashpoint of continued conflagration'--unleashing in its wake enormous sectarian violence all across the country. "The Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid case has given a decent legal burial to this long-simmering conflict," says Dr Rizwan Kaiser, professor of history at the Jamia Millia University in Delhi.
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28 days ago by thomas.kochi
View: Ayodhya verdict bolsters democracy
Clearly, it is expedient for everyone to accept the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court on Ayodhya, treat the controversy as settled and look to a future devoid of such conflict. But does that expedience contain the potential for subversion of democracy and the equality of faiths guaranteed by the Constitution? Happily, reality differs from appearance in this case. The Apex Court has not legitimised the movement to demolish the mosque. On the contrary, it says quite explicitly that the destruction of the mosque was a crime. Further, it says that ending Muslim prayer in the mosque after idols were installed inside the mosque in 1949 was illegal and unfair. The mosque was not just a place of worship built over another place of worship but a four-century-old edifice. Should historical importance outweigh religious significance? The Court was spared having to answer this question by virtue of the mosque having been demolished, in any case. Suppose the Qutub Minar turns out to have been built at the site, and with the salvaged parts, of a demolished temple; should the Minar be torn down and the temple resurrected? Most people would think the historicity of the tower should prevail over the harm done to a temple a long while ago.Acts of aggression and conquest in history are part of what humanity is today. They cannot be separately identified, reversed or provided recompense. We move on.
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Gandhi and the RSS
The facts behind a relationship of deeply imperfect sympathies.. to alert readers to the historical record, to set out the facts about the concrete relations between the RSS and Gandhi while the Mahatma was alive.While Gandhi was ambivalent about the RSS, the Sangh, for its part, deeply distrusted him. In early September 1947, the Mahatma had gone on fast in Calcutta, seeking to stop the violence between Hindus and Muslims.. mocked in an article in the RSS’s magazine, Organiser. “Nero fiddled when Rome burnt,” “History is repeating itself before our very eyes. From Calcutta Mahatma Gandhi is praising Islam and crying Allah-o-Akbar and enjoining Hindus to do the same, while in the Punjab and elsewhere most heinous and shameless barbarities and brutalities are being perpetrated in the name of Islam and under the cry of Allah-o-Akbar.” The RSS and its leader detested Muslims. While working on my biography of Gandhi, I scoured the records of the Delhi Police for those crucial months, September 1947 to January 1948, when Gandhi was in New Delhi. I found several accounts of RSS meetings, where the Mahatma and Muslims were both venomously abused.In December 1947, M.S. Golwalkar addressed an RSS meeting in Delhi... remarked, “referring to Muslims”, that “no power on Earth could keep them in Hindustan. They shall have to quit this country. Mahatma Gandhi wanted to keep the Muslims in India so that the Congress may profit by their votes at the time of election. But, by that time, not a single Muslim will be left in India… Mahatma Gandhi could not mislead them any longer. We have the means whereby such men can be immediately silenced, but it is our tradition not to be inimical to Hindus. If we are compelled, we will have to resort to that course too”.The 17th-century French writer, La Rochefoucauld, famously defined hypocrisy as “the tribute that vice pays to virtue”. On October 2, Indians will find this maxim vividly and variously illustrated, as RSS pracharaks from the prime minister downwards line up to pay tribute to a man the RSS vilified in his lifetime, and for whom — in spite of all their posturings in public — they still have deep reservations, since he lived (and died) in the belief that India was not a Hindu country but belonged equally to people of all faiths.
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9 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Kadaknath chicken
One can buy Kadaknath chicken for Rs 900 a kilogram and several other varieties as well as milk at the “Chicken and Milk Parlour” near the Madhya Pradesh State Livestock and Poultry Development Co...
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11 weeks ago by thomas.kochi

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