Goshalas accused of neglect. An article by Jagran today claims that 90% of the Bhagavatam preachers who raise funds in the name of cow seva do not keep any cows. The article laments the poor state of the cows in Braj . It also highlights the tragic irony of the abuse of these loving and gentle animals, because Sri Krishna chose this region to lovingly attend His own heard of cows. The article also draws attention to the poor conditions of cows and bulls in Braj’s goshalas, which, it claims, do not have sufficient shelters to protect cows from the area’s severe weather conditions. Cow seva is of utmost importance to Hindu faith. As Hema Malini pointed out recently at the opening of a goshala, “If we wish to maintain and develop our Indian culture, it is absolutely necessary to improve conditions for the cows”.
RCA college girls speak in Sanskrit. RCA College, Mathura, held a 15 day intensive Sanskrit course where girls were taught to interact with each other in simple Sanskrit. Being the language of the scriptures, Sanskrit is more often sung and chanted than spoken, however, the 50 girls who participated in the camp at RCA College can now converse in Sanskrit. Yesterday, at the closing ceremony, college principal Dr. Preeti Johari said that Sanskrit is the ‘mother of all languages’. Read more (Hindi)
Faith in BJP remains strong. The BJP has control of the Central and State governments, and is now hoping to make a clean sweep in the upcoming Local elections. People seeking positions in Local government are aligning themselves with the BJP, hoping to increase their chances of being elected. In this election, the Mathura-Vrindavan mayor seat is reserved for a person of scheduled caste. Commentators were speculating that the reservation would make it more difficult for the BJP to find suitable candidates, but, today, reports show that BJP offices have received 36 applications for the mayoral ticket and over 650 applications to stand in over 70 wards in the Mathura-Vrindavan electorate. Read more (English)
Investigation into floodplain land sales. Social activist Madhumangal Shukla is demanding that the CBI investigate the illegal sale and purchase of land on the Yamuna floodplain, which has resulted in hundreds of people having to relocate. In an effort to restore Yamuna’s natural beauty and create a much needed green-zone along the banks of the Yamuna, Shukla pursued a court case in the Allahabad High Court, which continued for nearly 10 years. While the case was continuing, nothing was done to stop the sale and purchase of land on the floodplain. As a result, many low income people spent their hard earned money buying cheap land in a flood-prone area that was not zoned for housing. Read more (Hindi)
Land disputer suspected in lawyer shooting. Ram Gopal, who had been practicing law in Mathura for many years, was shot dead last night, during his evening walk. The advocate’s son, Mayank Singh, said that he suspected that the culprits were involved in a land dispute case that his father had been contesting. Read more (Hindi)