Burden of beast

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Theirs is no romantic tale of the desert. Rather the plight of camel herders of Rajasthan today is that of an endless struggle for survival. Time was when Virma Ram proudly watched his herd of camels stretch in an endless line along the dusty horizon. Today, his gaze has turned into a blank stare as the prospect of maintaining his precious livestock appears bleak. What with lack of available pasture and veterinary care, economic hardships are forcing the keepers of the single-humped camel (Camelus dromedaries )