India is facing 13% downfall in leather trade due to the crackdown against slaughterhouse and livestock merchandise by Government, a report published in June 2017 states.
Reuters further reports the great leather brands are heading to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and other Asian states for shoe and related leather business. This report also anticipates this turn in leather business in India can cost a huge trouble to Narinder Modi, the Prime Minister of India, who wanted to raise the leather industry income to $27 million by the end of 2020.
Bharti Janta Party aka BJP won the federal elections of India in 2014 and turned the livestock industry upside down due to their extreme religious concerns. In Modi’s tenure, Hindu extremists started to cause colossal trouble for the livestock and leather trade because of their religious affection and respect for cows. It is important to note that most of the livestock and leather business is dealt by Muslims in India who occupy the 14% of the whole population.
India is the world’s second country dealing the broadest leather import and export but made only $5.7 billion in 2016-2017 which is 3.5% less than the previous economic year.
In March 2017, the newly elected, an extreme nationalist, chief minister of an Indian state of Uterparedesh ordered shut down of all butcher-shops working without the license. While many of the slaughterhouse owners reported that getting the license for tiny stalls and businesses is challenging in the state.
More of, in May 2017, Government of India banned all animal-related businesses in the state except using livestock for agriculture and milk production under the banner of “Preventing Animal Hunting.”
However, the Supreme Court of India made opposite decisions but the Hindu extremist didn’t obey and continued to trouble the Muslim leather traders by looting their loaded trucks and threatening them for their lives.
The CEO of the leather shoe mill, Nazir Ahmad, further told even when the government has partially allowed doing business but people are not getting into it to avoid the row with Hindu extremists.
A renowned merchant from south Indian city and Ex-president of Federation of Indian export organizations Rafique Ahmad told Reuters that big brands like H & M, Zara and Clarks have reduced their business activities in India and have shifted their investments and supplies to other Asian countries due to these extreme activities in the state. They further narrated that due to reduced international activities; their customers don’t trust them enough to invest their incomes in their products.
Another leather shoe mill owner told that his whole business is dropped because he doesn’t have raw leather to proceed and that the other big investors are importing the leather with a lot of costs that many of other dealers can’t afford.
Similarly, a lot of other people have lost their sources of income too for the useless extreme activities that are not only troubling the common people but also causing the gigantic threat to state’s economy.