Mining away our heritage

Playing into the hands of the mines mafia, the Vasundhara Raje government has given away rights to mine the rocks and hills of Braj near Mathura-Vrindavan, an area sacred to devotees of Lord Krishna. Half of the Braj hills area falls in Rajasthan, with the rest falling in UP. The Braj hills were the playground of Lord Krishna and local residents even claim sightings of the footmarks of Lord Krishna. Yet, the Raje government has paid no heed so far to a huge agitation currently underway by Krishna devotees. She has already given out contracts and is in no mood to oppose the mining mafia that will blow open the land surface and bulldoze a vital piece of our religious heritage. Braj Rakshak Dal is an organisation fighting the government decision.

The Indian Express