After hitting six months of demonetization and one year of the beef ban, Shirpur (Beef ban in Shirpur) bullock market in Shirpur tehsil of Dhulia district is now facing a two-pronged effect. One is that every live cow, bullock and other farm animals’ costs rate are gone to the high level and second is the market has become a place for resting. People who work for the Market can be seen playing cards in the group or doing odd work like helping porters to load the vehicles. Bullock market that has 20 lakh rupees exchange everyday and employment of a thousand people, is now being seen as an unemployed ghetto and zero exchange of money is taking place.
Abdul Hameed, 39-year-old, the mediator of a cow-bullock buying and selling said that “one year ago when beef ban happened in Maharashtra, a place was still working for the farmers quietly, farmers were affected badly but work was going on in terms of personal level but demonetization made us unemployed”. He also said that “its inhuman activity is done by the present government. There is no source and alternate for banknotes”.
Abdul Hameed found by TCN at his home, which is Kismat Nagar of a Shirpur city. Hameed was helping in pour milk into the bottles to provide door to door. This work he chose because he has a cow (भैंस), which he did not able sell due to the beef ban, so he is trying to make money for livelihood. Hameed also said that the Congress will give a chance to do free market, so he gave a vote of the Congress in a last month municipality election.
Khairnar (name changed ) who is truck driver by profession was feeling bad because of the scarcity of work. Khairnars truck was exchanging cow, buffaloes and other animals when the market was running. He is 42-year old and lives in Ambika Nagar, Shirpur. His area is close by Shirpur Bullock Market. Because of Shirpur Bullock Market, his area looked like lively and happening but now people can’t be seen because no businesses happened. His work is fully stopped and he is searching another job. He said to TCN that, “with legality and illegality our business was negotiating and at least some money was coming to the house and we were living freely. But now there is no money, so no negotiation. Everything just stops, like after earthquake situation”.
Nago, 33-year-old, now rikshaw driver and erstwhile broker of cows and goats live in Mangwada said that “I need to find the option for feeding my family. Hope like Congress will do something or BJP will improve their policy is not going to change our life style. Jeena hai toh kashta uthana padega, bhai”. Earlier he used to earn 15 thousand rupees per month easily, now his income decreased on 7 to 9 thousand rupees per month. Interestingly, Nago, deliberately stick the Babasaheb photo on his rickshaw. On it, he said that “India need Babasaheb constitution to improvised policy”. Nago did his graduation from near by college of Shirpur that is SPDM college.
A lot of people changed their businesses, most of them become porter and map add in the same place. People like Nago chooses to be a driver. It seems that 70 percent people are loosing their businesses due to the reason. Gautam, who sells banana and other fruits close to bullock market are also effected. He said that “people are not here, so I also not fill the goods, first two weeks was really bad, now the situation has recovered but not like earlier”. He also thinking to change his business. He said he might also drive the rickshaw in future.
Mr. Patil, the hawaladar in police whose duty was situated at the border of the Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra said that, “When beef ban happened in Maharashtra we found a lot of illegal trucks transporting cow and bullock, even though Madhya Pradesh banned beef before the Maharashtra, but demonetization just not given the impact but stopped this illegal transportation of cow, bullocks and buffaloes”. Somehow police work load decreased at the border but interestingly Patil also finds that the whole transportation is going to shut because of less of banknotes in the exchange. Madhya Pradesh state banned slaughter house in 2012 and Maharashtra banned in 2015 but the exchange was continued. Demonetization changed this economy too.
Disappointed Khairnars discontent is same as Guna Pawaras discontent. Every step government is producing law and that affecting region badly. Activists and free lance reporter for local magazine Manoj Bhoir said that “In the region like Khandesh, where we fighting for basic needs, the government is putting new law which Khandeshi people are not even understanding. Region wise culture changes not law. This time government will ban air also”.
Transportation of cow, bullocks and buffaloes got the illegal connection when beef ban happened. Every week there was at least 10 to 15 truck went and come but demonetisation just stop truck industry. Notably, it sounds that beef ban assured extra money to the truck drivers at the risk but demonetisation stop the risks as well as the work also. Raju Kadhare lives in Tembhe village in Shirpur tehsil who had a mini truck for exchange the animals said to TCN that, “I sold it because the business was not moving forward. Now I completely focus on the family business of ration shop”. He also said that one of his friend from the same village sold his mini truck and bought rikshaw now he is dropping school kids. Sham Chande, 36 years, union leader, who elected by the Shirpur Mapadi Committee for the chairperson of Shirpur Hamal Mapadi Union said that “A lot of people displaced but the business of transporting is going on illegally. But it harms to our peoples in various forms. Recently, while transporting cows, our few kids were arrested by the Gujarat police near Navapur in Nandurbar districts. Few people had numbers of vehicles are showing their power. The illegal transportation is going on but not like before. Our people only facing its harm, not upper caste and upper class”. Sham Chande, recently fought a municipal election against the BJP and Congress and lost it. But he rises as a leader for Hamal Mapadi of Shirpur Market.
Prohibition of beef and slaughter houses and demonetization makes India not weird but inhuman, it applies to the Khandesh also. Natthu Shinde, 35-year-old who left his broker job which was in Shirpur Bullock Market and also called as Mapadi by position; became a porter said that “the challenges in front of workers like us are more dangerous, we are not finding any solution”. Natthu Shinde lives in Ravidas Nagar which is one of the Dalit Ghetto of Shirpur city and most of the residents are dependent on the Shirpur bullock market where groceries and other need-able commodities can be found. As well Ravidas Nagar, Mangwada, Ambika Nagar and Kismat Nagar are pre-dominantly ghettos of the Muslim and Dalits. People are dependent on the Shirpur Bullock Market, and residents of this areas were doing some work which was related to the bullock market.