They’re not drinking our milk there

We like to think our milk is welcome anywhere.

Sadly it’s not:

Protests in India organised by Hindu nationalist political party Shiv Sena against imports of New Zealand dairy products have turned ugly with party workers draining thousands of litres of milk at Pune, 100km south of Mumbai.

The attack on a local milk tanker – and on five other tankers earlier in the week – followed threats to burn a ship carrying imports of milk from New Zealand.

Protesting the National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) decision to import 30,000 tonnes of milk powder and 15,000 tonne of ghee from New Zealand, the party members – known as “Shiv Sainiks” yesterday stopped a local milk tanker and drained the milk, NDTV reported. . .

Farmers have asked government officials to scrap the imports and have threatened to set on fire a ship due to arrive in Mumbai on August 18 with the New Zealand dairy products.

A Shiv Sena official in Satara, Viraj Kharade, toldNDTV: “We will spill more milk, we will stone milk tankers and further intensify our agitation as we want the government to focus their attention on this issue.”

We have begun looking to Asia for new markets for our products.

There are large populations with an increasing number of people earning more who are wanting to buy protein.

But this story shows that there may be large hurdles between our protein and the people who want to buy it.

7 Responses to They’re not drinking our milk there

  1. poneke says:

    I was in Mumbai a few weeks ago. The city is controlled by the Shiv Sena. They renamed it Mumbai from Bombay. They are a bunch of thugs who go around beating up immigrants from north and south India and smash up buildings and businesses that defiantly use the name Bombay.

    Along with the BJP they have been responsible for the slaughter of many Muslims over the years.

    A good friend of mine there I discussed them with at length said ordinary middle class Indians like he and his family are appalled at these thugs, who are starting to drive businesses away from Mumbai, which is India’s economic power house.

  2. poneke says:

    Ele I should have added, they are not a Hindu nationalist party, they are a Marathi nationalist party, demanding that Maharashtra (the state that includes Mumbai and Pune) be for Maharashtrans — hence their hostility to migrants from elsewhere in India.

    Their control of the Mumbai city council has seen them rename many institutions and streets after various Marathi heroes and order street signs to be in Marathi — which most people in Mumbai cannot even read as the main languages spoken there are Gujarati, Hindi and of course English, which have different scripts to Marathi.

    They deny they are a Hindu party (the BJP is the extremist Hindu party), however they are happy to join in with the BJP in attacks on Muslims, who have lived happily and peacefully alongside Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Jews, Parsis and Christians in Mumbai since the city was founded.

  3. leftrightout says:

    Why do people persist with writing “Mumbai” when they mean “Bombay”? Are we expected to speak Hindi as well as Te Reo?

  4. homepaddock says:

    Thanks for the backgroud, Poneke. I heard on RadioNZ (can’t find it on-line) that the Indian government had asked Fonterra for the milk because the monsoon hadn’t been very long which has led to insufficient local supply.

    LRO – when speaking of Rome, speak as the Romans do?

  5. poneke says:

    Thanks for the backgroud, Poneke. I heard on RadioNZ (can’t find it on-line) that the Indian government had asked Fonterra for the milk because the monsoon hadn’t been very long which has led to insufficient local supply.

    We arrived in Mumbai on June 13 and the monsoon thundered down the very next day, spectacularly. From the top floor of our hotel we could not see buildings even 100m away, such was the power of that rain. But it lasts in bursts only an hour long and often a day or so away, and is what makes India so fertile.

    Mumbai’s streets (with chaotic motor traffic and great fun to get about in) were made even more colourful by the cows that wandered about by themselves, or by cows that seemed to have owners (who tethered them). The really healthy tethered ones looked able to produce milk, but I doubt much milk came from the wild skinny ones.

    Mumbai has dairy farms on its outskirts to supply the (quite good) town milk supply, with one, the Airey Model Milk Farm, having been started as a New Zealand aid programme decades ago.

  6. poneke says:

    Mumbai has dairy farms on its outskirts to supply the (quite good) town milk supply, with one, the Airey Model Milk Farm, having been started as a New Zealand aid programme decades ago.

    This is the one!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarey_Milk_Colony

  7. leftrightout says:

    When speaking of Rome, speak as the Romans do.

    Well, in that case it wouldn’t be Rome, it would be Roma.

    Now, I don’t want to be thought of as threadjacking. The reason I asked this question is because the insistence on Bombay being replaced by Mumbai was by the very same people who are rejecting NZ milk. It has nothing to do with “Speaking as Romans do” and everything to do with attemting to create a theocracy.

    If you wish to win over your enemy, you need to understand him.

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