Following is an email I got from Shri Vijay Parathasarathy. Then I called Erode Shri Karthikeyan and talked to him to understand more….Here are some details….
All donors : Please read the “important note”
Olakudi is an interior village in Tuticorin district. This village is situated around 8kms from Valanadu. They are only 4 kms away from River Thamarabarani. There are 3 villages situated between Olakudi and Thamarabarani. There are only around 100-150 houses here.
The villagers here revere their Cows as Gods. Around 6 yrs back they had around 2000 native cattle. They take pride in rearing only native cattle and have not allowed hybrid or foreign breeds to enter their village. They reared them not for profit but as a status-symbol. But for the past 6 yrs due to extreme poverty, lack of water(inspite of being situated close to Thamarabarani) and their inability to do agriculture they are unable to rear their cattle. The numbers have dwindled to around 600. Last year’s drought killed 150 of their cows in the months of February and March. This year, in fear of facing the same situation, they want to sell approximately 350 of their cattle. The muslims from Melapayam (situated 30kms from Olakudi) are ready to buy their cattle for slaughter. The villagers of Olakudi feel they will get income from the sale of their cows and at the same time their cows will face an immediate death instead of starving to death.
Mr. G.Bala(Mobile: 8870400537) from Palayamkottai received information that these villagers are bargaining with the muslims from Melapayam for the cattle sale. Acting on this information, Mr. G.Bala is currently in Olakudi and has requested the villagers to hold their sale for 10 days starting from 24th Feb 2014. Mr. G.Bala and his team are talking to the villagers, the panchayat head, accessing the situation there are trying to brain-storm as to how these 350 cows can be saved from slaughter. He is working along with Mr. G Karthik of Erode (Mobile – 8148135081). They have currently found buyers for 15 of the 350 cows.
Need of the hour::
To save a cow, we need Rs 10,000. There are 300 cows – makes up to 30 lakhs (!!!). Sadly, we can’t save them all. Goal is to buy these cows from individual villagers and give to ghosalas in and around…The team is taking lots of routes – approaching kanchi matam, vaishnava madams, considering forming a ghosala right there etc…while all these are happening (which may take time), we have only 10 days to save them as per my conversation with Karthik. Even if we are able to save 25 cows, it would be great….I am going to talk to Shri Chandramouli of Shivarpanam trust to see if we can some funds out of our 2013 veda/gho rakshana drive to save some. In the meantime, if there are any volunteers who have NOT contributed to our veda/gho rakshana in the past and want to do it now, please consider this as an opportunity….I have given the number of Karthik (see above) and contact him directly and see how you want to help. (Y)our contribution for this cause will be blessed by Mahaperiyava.
How to contribute
Please contact Shri Karthik at 011-91-8148135081. I will talk to him tomorrow and see if he can share the bank account # for those who want to share….
Please note that I talked to Karthikeyan about our blog and sincerity of all the readers and the importance of using our contribution in the right way and the need to have proper governance. Karthikeyan agreed to be very careful and he is truthful to the task he has undertaken. He has promised to provide update for all the cows we are saving. In order for him to effectively do his job, please provide your name, email id and the amount transferred to Karthikeyan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karthik is a 27 year old man (!) who is working in a marketing line. He got interest in naatu maadu and started working towards researching about them…He had so far several cows being slaughtered risking his life etc….Recently, with the help of Facebook friends, he conducted a seminar on naatu maadu and nearly 70+ folks from various parts of Tamilnadu attended. In that he talked about the need to save them from being slaughtered…As a result of that, about 15 donors have come forward to save them…Without divine blessing young boys/men won’t be pulled into such an activity of higher causes.We pray Mahaperiyava to bless Karthik & his team and their families with health, wealth etc.