24 September, 2020

Who's The Bully?

Jallikattu, TN's iconic sport, ignites passions

Who's The Bully?
For now, it's a case of all's well that ends well. The people of Tamil Nadu, particularly in the state's southern districts, for whom the ongoing Pongal festival is synonymous with Jallikattu (taming of the bull), are happy that the sport was given the go-ahead after the review petition filed by the dmk government against last week's ban on it by the Supreme Court was admitted. Political parties across the spectrum, some of whom had backed those threatening to defy the ban, are content that their votebanks are intact.

But Animal Welfare Board (AWB) secretary D. Rajashekhar strikes an admonitory tone: "Don't forget this (the apex court allowing jallikattu to go ahead) is just an interim relief. At the next hearing, we will submit CDs of jallikattu to be filmed in Alanganallur and Palamedu in Madurai district." The first petition demanding a ban was from a person whose 14-year-old son was killed at Alanganallur in 2004. But the Supreme Court banned jallikattu in response to a special leave petition by the AWB citing cruelty to animals. There...


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