Time is running out for Sudevi and her 1200 cows. Friederike Irina Bruning, who is known locally by her spiritual name, Sudevi, is being forced to leave India after 38 years of running Radha Surabhi Gaushala. Sudevi’s visa expires on December 3 and she has not yet been granted a visa extension. Sudevi has the support of local residents and cow lovers across India who are campaigning the Government to allow her to stay, however, as yet it has been to no avail. Sudevi’s case has been covered by most major news networks and her supporters are also running campaigns on social media. In an article yesterday, Patrika reported that Brijwasis are united in wanting Sudevi to stay. If Sudevi is forced to leave India, her goshala for 1200 cows is likely to close, 60 Radha Kund locals will lose their jobs and it is unlikely that anyone else will pick up the 10-12 injured cows that Sudevi’s Radha Surabhi Gaushala rescues from the streets every day. Read more (English)
Cyber warfare in local election. Over 6500 youth have joined the BJP’s campaign team, and will use their computer skills to wage an online campaign in the lead up to local elections. The 6500 strong team will work in the Braj region, including Agra, Aligarh and Bareilly Mandal. Even after winning both Central and State elections, the BJP has not become complacent in its promotion strategies.
Local body elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh in three phases – on November 22, November 26 and November 29 and the votes will be counted on December 1. In Uttar Pradesh, there are 16 municipal corporations, 198 municipal boards and 439 nagar panchayats. For the first time, Mathura-Vrindavan will share one mayor, as the Adityanath-led government has recently constituted the Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam municipal corporation. Read more (English) (Hindi)
Recognition for foreign returned preacher. Yesterday, Bandhu Kunj held its 32nd annual awards ceremony at Ramkrishna Mission. Among those who received recognition was, Upsak Bandhu Brahmachari, who has returned to Braj after a successful preaching tour in America. Read more (Hindi)
Corrupt officers destroying scheme for poor. Dishonest staff are compromising the Government’s free electricity connections for the poor scheme. In one case, Brij Mohan Sharma says that he was fined Rs18,190 by the Electricity Department after registering a complaint. The complaint was made against Prem Sharma, who, it is alleged, demanded a bribe for installing their electricity connection. After making the family wait for over a month for the connection and taking a bribe of Rs7000, workers hung a meter on a nearby pillar and left. After a complaint was lodged, it is alleged that workers removed the meter during the night, however, this action was fruitless, as a photo of the meter had already been sent, along with the complaint. Read more (Hindi)
Casualties narrowly avoided as road collapses. A major accident was narrowly avoided as a burst sewer pipe caused a road to collapse a Mathura road yesterday afternoon.