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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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By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali