Cows starving in temple Goshala. Radha Mohan Goshala in Chaumanha village, Mathura, has been accused of starving its cows. A few years ago, goshala owners received Rs 53 lakh compensation when some of the goshala land was used for widening the highway. Mahant Ballabhadas Maharaj of Sri Radh Mohan Ji temple, Mathura says that the compensation money was used to feed cows, but now there is nothing remaining. The Maharaj said that previously, the surrounding villagers had formed a committee and each member made a contribution of cow fodder to the goshala, however, due to bickering, the committee has been dissolved. The cows in the goshala are in a terrible condition, previously, the heard was 150 strong, now the numbers have decreased to 80. Amar Ujala reports that, every day, several cows die from starvation.
Bhagwat Shobhayatra. Devotees from Anand Lok took their Thakurji out onto Parikrama Marg during a parade marking the beginning the Bhagwat Katha program at Mor Kuti Ashram. Acharya Mridulkant Shastri began the katha by speaking about the great power of the Bhagawatam. Shastri said that listening to the Bhagawatam paves the way for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Shastri is one of Vrindavan’s prominent Bhagavatam preachers. He organizes tours to pilgrimage places around India and believes in the importance of social service. Read more (Hindi)
Canal overflow damages wheat crop. Farmers are demanding compensation for damage done to gestational wheat plants due to flooding. The flood, which affected hundreds of acres of farmland, was caused by a breakage in the banks of the Agra Canal. Several Goverdhan villages, including Basonti village, were affected. Farmers are demanding compensation from the District Magistrate. The farmers allege that that re-digging of the canal that was underway, weakened it, causing the water to break the banks and flood the fields while the plants are still small and delicate.
The Agra canal begins from Okhla in Delhi. It irrigates around 1.5 lakh hectares of farmland in Agra, Mathura, Faridabad, Rajasthan and Delhi. The canal opened in 1874 and the weir from which it begins was the first of its kind to be built in Northern India. The canal gets its water from the Yamuna and connects the Yamuna with the Banganga river 20 miles south of Agra. The Agra Canal has previously been associated with problems of water shortage, which were linked to accusations of illegal water siphoning in Haryana. Read more (Hindi)
Polythene solutions. Reasons for the repeated failures of bans on plastic are slowly coming to light. Centre for Science and Environment’s Swati Singh Sambyal says that the government cannot “just impose a ban” and be done with it. “You have to first give users alternatives to plastic bags, then you impose the ban and only after that you penalize violators with fines.” If not, the plastic reappears…There has to be at least six months of aggressive campaigning before such a ban is imposed. And, “banning plastic should be targeted towards behavior change”, she said. The experts agree that what is needed is a ‘people’s movement’, and, this is happening to some extent in Vrindavan, with the goswamis of Radha Raman temple getting involved in the manufacturing of cornstarch carry bags. Read more (English)