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The goat village of India: the goat selling cooperative – a coalition of women’s self help group!

The tribal women capture the market for the heat standing goats!

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Agali, Kerala, Feb 20, 2017: In the Attapadi region of the Western Ghats, the tribals own lean black goats, known for their sturdiness.

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While the other goats suffer diseases, these black goats are resistant to most of these diseases. Also, researchers say that they have a unique ability and power to prosper in the severely increasing heat of South India.

According to T. Giggin, a professor at Kerala Agricultural University, “Black goats can withstand even scorching heat without much care and attention.”

The Black Goat, Source: Pixabay

 

The region’s livestock dealers have crept into the foothills in the recent years, buying the goat at low prices from tribal families that are suffering and selling them on at livestock markets at much higher prices.

However, the tribal communities have now come together to keep more income at home and cut out the middleman. This has been achieved by creating just one “goat village” where the tribal people from all the regions sell their goats at a fixed price to the visitors and buyers.

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A number of tribal families, who are being forced to sell their livestock due to drying up of many rivers across the region. Under such conditions, this change has helped them and there is no longer a need to migrate to Tamil Nadu and other places for work.

In the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s report on The Goat Village, One of the tribals quoted, “our indigenous black goat is my weapon for this coming summer.”

‘We were able to purchase goats from the drought-hit families for 1000 rupees and then resell it for higher prices. Though almost all other breeds had died, the demand for the black goat continued to be huge’, said a livestock trader.

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However, the traders are now unable to buy many goats because of the new step taken by the villagers. The people now brought their animals together at Agali and sold it for a minimum of 280 rupees a kilo (5000 rupees for a typical animal).

Herd of black goats, Source: Wikimedia

Sundhari, a tribal woman said, “I sold my 20-kilo goat for 5600 rupees and the money was immediately credited to my bank account. Now I am sorry that last year, I sold three goats bigger than this for 1000 rupees each.”

The creation of a women’s self-help groups coalition, the goat selling cooperative is presently assisted by National Livestock Mission and serves 192 villages.

Seema Bhaskar, the coordinator of the project said, “Now no middlemen can loot the tribes. People can sell Attapadi goats only through the goat village and buyers can purchase them only through us.”

“Every day we are getting inquiries from farmers across the state. They want the genuine breed,” Bhaskar said.

The demand for the goats has not gone down even with an increase in the prices. 28 goats have already been sold in a week in January. Centralization of sales has also helped in the buying and selling of other animals except Attapadi goats.

As the temperatures continue to rise, the Attapadi breeders are aware that they may soon face competition as some of their buyers might start breeding the tough animal themselves.

The women still intend to expand the cooperative looking for other products to sell. While Traditional medicines are being offered by one women’s group from Pudur, another group from Sholayur is selling Organic food.

 

– prepared by Nikita Saraf of NewsGram, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC