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HOW THE BEEF BAN IS CAUSING THE DECLINE OF THE FAMOUS KOLHAPURI CHAPPAL

Long before ‘Make in India’ became a catch phrase for a modern, entrepreneurial India, the busy town of Kolhapur was the hub of many forms of indigenous commerce and enterprise. Famous as much for its fiery cuisine as for its superbly crafted jewellery, it also lent its name to the well-known Kolhapuri chappal, which became both a style statement and a comfortable accessory. Now, in the dusty bylanes of Kolhapur, makers of the footwear are bracing themselves for the industry’s decline – if not demise. The problems have been building up over the years, but the final nail in the coffin, as it were, is the scarcity of the basic raw material-leather. The state government’s enthusiasm in enforcing its law against...

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