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Mumbai: Meat will be available in Mumbai on Thursday. The High Court ruling came today after they put a ban on hold which triggered a political controversy and fanned a debate on social media.

Mumbai’s Shiv Sena-dominated civic body reduced the ban imposed for Jain fasting festival of Paryushana from four days to only one (September 17).

Sena opposed the ban by openly slamming its ally BJP as the latter wanted the slaughter and sale of meat to be restricted for eight days and not just four days.

On Monday, the court acted upon a mutton traders’ petition. The traders had challenged the ban last week.
In court proceedings last week, the judges criticized the ban in ‘progressive Mumbai’. “There is a progressive look to Mumbai but such steps are regressive. We understand the sentiment part. But purchase or no purchase is an independent choice,” the court affirmed.

The ban was introduced in 1994 by the then Congress government during the Jain fast. 10 years later, the two-day ban was extended to four days but it had never really been implemented until a recent order from the civic body.

“All these years you only banned slaughter not sale. How can you take this decision at the 11th hour?” the court asked officials.

The Maharashtra government also had to face tough questions about the ban logic. “When you are talking of Ahimsa, how come fish, sea food and eggs are not banned?” the judges asked.

“Fish die the moment they are out of water. So there is no slaughter involved,” was the government’s baffling response.

“We have to change our attitude in view of globalisation,” said the judges, who had yesterday commented that ‘an eight-day straight ban can’t be a formula. Mumbai is a modern city.”

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)