German woman denied visa after 38 years of serving injured cows. A Radha Kund goshala is facing an uncertain future as its owner is being forced to leave the country. German national, Friederike Irina Bruning, who is known locally by her spiritual name, Sudevi, is facing the prospect of having to leave her life’s work when her visa expires next month. Sudevi used money that her parents had saved to purchase 5 acres of land in Radha Kund. For 38 years, Sudevi has been running the goshala with her personal funds, bringing in up to Rs22 lakh per month for the fodder for 1200 cattle and the salaries 60 staff members. Sudevi says that the calves in the goshala, “are like my children and I cannot leave them.” Sudevi’s Radha Surabhi Gaushala specializes in treating badly injured cows. Sudevi personally administers the medication and worries that no other organization will be able to provide the same level of care for her ‘children’.
The dilemma that Sudevi faces is that she cannot take Indian citizenship because doing so would cause her to lose the income on rental properties in Berlin, which she uses to run the Goshala. Sudevi plans to meet with external Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, to plead for an extension of her visa. We are all praying for her and hoping that such a giving and devotional heart will not be broken. Read more (Hindi)
Barricades at Mathura Station to stop cows and thieves. Last week, when MP Hema Malini was leaving a meeting at Mathura railway station, a bull entered the station. Malini visited the station to meet with officials about the beautification project, which will see murals of Radha-Krishna decorating the walls of the station. The bull was walking in the opposite direction to Malini. People tried to dissuade it from walking towards her, but it was not to be dissuaded (see video). The bull went along its way and no one was injured, but, the incident has highlighted the security issue of the station being open from many directions. As well as animals entering the confined space of the station platforms, thieves can also enter and leave easily. Efforts to build barricades and patrol the entry and exit points are now underway. Read more (Hindi)
Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations. Kartik Purnima also marks the appearance day of Guru Nanakji, the premier guru of the Sikh community. It is said that Gurunanak Dev came to Masani garden in Mathura from Haridwar in August 1512 and performed a miracle by sweetening the salty groundwater. The largest Gurudwara in Braj is at Holi Gate, Mathura. Here, a recitation program was held from Thursday to Saturday. As well as listening to the recitation, devotees lit lamps and prayed for world peace. Guru Nanak famously said that, if you can’t see God in everyone, you can’t see Him at all. Read more (Hindi)
9 untreated sewage drains in Mathura-Vrindavan. Disparities have been found between the National Green Tribunal’s report and the Municipal Corporation’s report on the progress in stopping the drainage of raw sewage into the Yamuna. These disparities forced the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Manoj Kumar Singh, to visit the area to gain a proper estimation of the situation. Amar Ujala reports that in Vrindavan, 5/19 drains are outlets for raw sewage, whereas, in Mathura, the sewage in 4/12 drains is untreated. In Mathura, there are also several factories who drain their waste water into the Yamuna. Affidavits have been served against offending factory owners. The hearing of the complaint against the Municipal Corporation for its slow action in preventing effluent draining into Yamuna will continue in the Allahabad High Court tomorrow. Read more (Hindi)