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The cow menace

Print edition : November 10, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the Pashudhan Arogya Mela at Shahanshahpur in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on September 23. Photo: PTI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath at a "gaushala" in Lucknow on March 31. Photo: PTI

Abandoned cows overrun the grazing areas of the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary straddling Bahraich and Lakhimpur Kheri districts in Uttar Pradesh that are normally the abode of wildlife such as deer. Photo: VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

Raju, of Malhendi village in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, shows the damage caused by stray cattle to his crop. He was sent to judicial custody for criticising the policy of cow protection. Photo: VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

Lalji (right) and his son-in-law Atul Kumar at Tediya village say unproductive cattle are transported in mini trucks and tractors and abandoned near the Katarniaghat sanctuary. Photo: VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

The BJP governments’ holy cow policy has given rise to the phenomenon of large herds of unproductive cattle abandoned by their owners creating social, economic and environmental crises across northern India.
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