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Pulses, Udta Punjab and Nutrition

It is a well-established fact that India has been short of domestic supply of pulses. Somewhat less known fact is that Punjab has been overusing groundwater and applying excessive urea, and on top of that the drug problem has worsened in Punjab as depicted in the Udta Punjab movie.

It is also clear that the central government has no urgent intentions to save Punjab from these crises or India from the crisis of the deficit in proteins. The blindfolded ban on cow slaughter has not only increased the cost of culling excessive stock of cattle but has unfairly prevented signi­ficant number of lower caste and those of non-Hindu faith Indians from eating beef.

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