Grouse Over Gaushala
Pinarayi Vijayan may be no gaubhakt, but Kerala under his rule is seeing a white revolution: annual milk production in 2021-22 hit 25.49 metric tonnes. Pinarayi has been rearing cows at Cliff House, his official residence, since he became chief minister in 2016. However, his intention to build a cattle shed triggered a controversy in Kerala after the PWD ministry in the state, headed by his son-in-law Mohammed Riyas, sanctioned Rs 42.9 lakh for the project on June 22. That’s a high price for gaubhakti in the south, it would seem.