DMK fans out across state with protests

On July 26, past year the apex court had said that just because the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu was a centuries-old tradition, it could not be justified.

The court further said that it was "unfair to ask the bench to pass order".

In May 2014, Supreme Court of India struck down Tamil Nadu state law and banned Jallikattu altogether, saying that any deferring the judgment should result in penalties.

The court held that bulls can not be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu or for bullock cart races anywhere in the country.

The Jallikattu campaigners carried posters showing Trisha wearing a Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) T-shirt and raised slogans against the actress for supporting the Peta that had caused the Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu. "So it is implied that there won't be Jallikattu this Pongal".

DMK working president and Opposition Leader M.K. Stalin, who pressed the Centre to immediately promulgate an ordinance to hold the sport and that AIADMK should also press Centre for it, said that "Tamils will not forgive" the two if such an urgent step was not taken.

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This sporting event was "inextricably" linked to the rural, agrarian customs, practices and psyche of Tamils and also helped in conservation of native germplasm, since bulls with excellent physical attributes alone are reared for jallikattu, she noted.

AIADMK General secretary Sasikala Natarajan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to revoke the ban on the bull taming sport, Jallikattu.

In a recent statement, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the event will be conducted at any cost and the traditional and cultural values of the State will be upheld.

All said and done, however, serious thought needs to be given before any move to lift the Jallikattu ban is firmed up.

Last November, the Supreme Court dismissed the state government's petition to review its ruling. "I would like to assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will uphold the heritage and culture of the Tamils", he said.

  • Toni Ryan