Opinion | When cows become white elephants

Cow cess in Uttar Pradesh | The Uttar Pradesh government aims to build shelters for cows across the state, the cost of which the public has to bear in the form of a “cow welfare” cess on excise and other departments. Ravi Krishnan Long before Swacch Bharat was a gleam in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eye, China’s Mao Zedong started a hygiene campaign in 1958. Prime among the measures: the citizenry was encouraged to kill four pests – mosquitoes, rats, flies and sparrows. To whip up fervour, the government also…

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