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Dusk Of The Hooves

Cattle slaughter, stealing or sale knows no communal distinction

Dusk Of The Hooves
Mihir Srivastava
Dusk Of The Hooves
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The Maan Mandir Seva Sansthan ashram is located on top of the Gahvarvan hill, near Barsana in Mathura. It’s home to 35,000 cows, mostly well past their prime. The gaushala is the largest in the region, perhaps in the whole country. Ramesh Baba, an octogenarian, came to Barsana some 60 years ago, and never left. He is now confined to a room with glass walls on the top floor of the ashram he set up. It gives him a bird’s eye view of the expanse below, terrain that cowherd Krishna is said to have roamed in mythology. Baba is seated on a motorised chair, a throne of sorts, and visitors are obliged to sit on the floor.

This is Krishna country, where cows are worshipped, and the baba is their self-appointed saviour. Assisting him in this endeavour are 500 young men, mostly from Gujarat, who came here some 10 years ago. Right now, his disciples are busy organising the annual Radha-Rani Brajyatra in which thousands of Krishna devotees participate. Sunil Singh, a local, became baba’s disciple when he was 10 years old, and now manages the...

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