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2021-08-02T22:28:40+05:30

Cow And Bull Story

Cattle.  A warm-blooded vertebrate animal, domesticated cloven-hooved herbivore…females (typically) mate with males to produce offspring and secrete milk for the nourishment of the young. It  was tamed to bear the human yoke some 12,000 years ago. For their worth, they find place among the Hindu gods—Shiva’s attache Nandi, and Kamadhenu, the bovine incarnate of a plentiful Earth. But in this mechanised world, the cart-pulling, yoke-harnessing bull’s existence looks shaky—at least in Assam. CM Himanta Biswa Sarma says the state will inseminate cattle with sex-sorted semen—the gender of the calf can be pre-determined—to breed only cows for milk and dung. No bull will be bred and Assam will have a big kine of cows in about 20 years. The state has brought a bill that seeks to regulate slaughter, consumption and transportation of cattle. The third...

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