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Livestock Sector Neglected

In “Cow Slaughter Ban and the Welfare of Cattle” (EPW, 28 November 2015), A Vaidyanathan has comprehensively discussed the cattle sector and the implications of the cow slaughter ban introduced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state governments with tacit support from the central government. This situation, however, is not going to change. At the centre no one seems to be really interested in thinking rationally about the livestock sector.

The deputy chairman of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog held a seminar on 28 April 2015 in Washington DC in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I had attended and asked a question to the deputy chairman about the protests by the Hindutva groups and the cow slaughter bans in various states. He ducked the question and said that he had no comment to make. The whole seminar is available in the following website: http://carnegieendowment.org/2015/04/28/indian-economy-reforms-and-growth-prospects/i7g4.

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