The timing of the arrival of 60 jersey cows from Switzerland could not have been more wrong as a wave of preservation of Swadeshi breed of livehilood animals is sweeping Tamil Nadu hosting pro-Jallikattu uprising.
The mobilisation of masses has been also possible on the issue of severe depletion in the number of native breeds of bulls and cows. There were 130 or so cattle breeds in India 100 years ago and now there are only 37, say Jallikattu supporters.
Some 60 jersey cows, housed in 10 crates, were transported from Switzerland via Kolkata on Tuesday. This is the first batch of 540 such animals imported by the National Diary Development Board for Tamil Nadu and another 500 are for West Bengal.