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Cow deaths, Children's deaths, Passengers' deaths - no more cups of sorrow Shriman!
"Life is not a series of meaningless accidents. When things are bound to happen, they surely will. You are not an accident and I was meant to know you. That's serendipity"....Unknown

My dear readers of Merinews, ironically, it was reported in August 2016, exactly one year ago, in Rajasthan, the first state in the country that had a separate department and minister in charge of the welfare of cow that on an average, 40 cows were dying in biggest government run cow shelter, Hingonia Gaushala.

Cows had been living and dying in extreme agony. Many of them were barely in a condition to walk in the muddy slush. And to cap the misery, the government claimed that it had spent Rs 10.78 crore in the financial year 2015-16 at the Hingonia centre alone. It is worth description that it was here that chief minister Vasundhra Raje had presided over a public oath to protect cows six years ago when she was in the opposition. It was reported that the hapless cows had to bear the brunt of the festering dispute between the shelter employees and the government in Jaipur.

Once in Parliament, the late Congress leader Maharaja Scindia has commented that the BJP wants to come to power holding the tail of the cow. His prophetic comment turned out to be true three years back. Today, in India, the real politics is revolving around protecting or serving the 'gau mata'. People are being killed over the rumours of eating beef. People who are involved in animal trade are being routinely thrashed by cow vigilantes.

However, it is sad that since last year hundreds of cows have died in a government-run shelter due to apathy and negligence of caretakers. According to a report published in "India Today''on August 5, 2017, five cows and four bulls died in the last 10 days in a cow shelter in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh. The shelter in Devipura village is run by Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SPCA) and was opened in 1996 by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, local MP, who is well known for her love for animals. She is the patron of society and has been contributing from her MPLADS fund. At least a dozen others were on the verge of death due to lack of proper care and facilities.

"We don't have enough funds to take care of them and arrange medicines," said Arvind Mishra, caretaker of the cow shelter. "Earlier, we used to sell healthy cows and bulls to the farmers, the money was used to run the shelter, but with the new BJP government in place, farmers are scared to come here. We can't do much, but watch them die slowly. While we can't do much except giving these painkillers, our efforts to arrange funds have not met with much success."

The entire shelter was full with stench of bovines buried in a corner of the shelter and bones scattered all around.

"We have no burial place to dispose off the dead ones. Earlier, we used to bury them in pits along the secluded places, but with villagers opposing it, now we are left with no option, but to bury them here in the compound itself."

Some, eighty kilometers away, in a government-run cow shelter at Shahjahanpur's Khutar, the situation was no different. When India Today team visited the shelter, there were a hundred bovines in the shelter. The caretaker informed that most cows had been sent off to the nearby forest area for grazing while those in the shelter were sick ones. Only dry fodder was available at the shelter as the green fodder no longer grows on the land earmarked for it since there is no water supply.

"The land meant for cattle grazing has been given to farmers, where will our cow get green fodder from?," asks a visibly disturbed Mathura Prasad, one of the six caretakers deployed.

The very Dharmic Dynamic Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh had been banning illegal slaughterhouses without making the provisions for the cows that have outlived their commercial utility. During his visit to the Gorakhnath Math soon after taking oath, the chief minister had vowed that cow protection was among his top priorities and his government would work to promote dairy and animal husbandry sectors.

In November last year, cows had died in a government run shelter in Ajmer as well. However, the cow vigilantes and the Hindu right organisations, which otherwise thrash innocent people alleging that they were smuggling cows, were no where to be seen near these dying yards.

What a travesty of truth in the name of gau raksha! Oh, but what a false trap to lure the religious Hindus to vote for RSS/BJP juggernaut! The nation is witnessing the gory drama of exploitation of faith and inefficiency as children were dying in government-run hospital in the very city of Yogi Adityanath.

And the repeat of the same story that might be very fresh in every Indians memory happened in Chattisgarh. Its yet another incident of neglect in cow shelters where over 200 cows died in two days due to starvation and lack of proper care in a gaushala in Chattisgarh's Rajpurin Durg district. The gaushala is run by BJP leader Harish Verma, who is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam. He has been running the shelter for the last seven years. Speaking to the reporters, Verma said, "My cow shelter is overcrowded. There are more than 650 cows against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the government many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs 10 lakh meant for the cow shelter is pending with the government and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths."

Rajpur's Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around, which made them suspicious.

"We noticed JC Bamford (JCB) machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed." he said.

And as if the tears were not enough for the nation, under the stewardship of highly efficient Railways Minister, the nation witnessed another heart rending tragedy:

At least 23 killed, over 70 injured as Utkal Express derails in UP's Muzaffarnagar. The incident took place in Khautali near Muzaffarnagar, around 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF and various divisions of the police worked for hours with gas cutters and cranes to find survivors. A large number of local residents were also seen helping out in rescue work.

At around 11 pm, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that the rescue operations had been completed and all the injured were shifted to hospitals.

So, everything is under control. What is left for the nation to worry?

And I've the latest speech of our beloved Prime Minister that ensures us:

"Having taken all the Parties and Opposition along while working shoulder to shoulder, we achieved an unprecedented success and the credit for this does not go to the Prime Minister alone, the credit does not go to the people sitting in the government, the credit for this goes to the Opposition also, the credit goes to all the leaders of Opposition too and also all the Members from Opposition."

Jai Hind!

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