Jallikattu

Jallikattu

WHAT IS JALLIKATTU?
Jallikattu only is a small part of the celebrations on the day of Mattu Pongal, which signifies thanksgiving to cattle.
Mainly it is the show where bulls are brought and exhibited. The ones which are most agile are preferred by farmers. The calves from such bulls are in demand.

Jallikattu also has an other term called Eruthazhuvuthal. The word is a portmanteau of “Eru” meaning bull and “Thazhuvuthal” meaning embracing. Literally, it is embracing the bull, not taming the bull. This something that only few understand and there are so many misconceptions and false propanganda about jallikattu which was cherry picked by few vested interest groups like PETA who play major role in banning heritage sport of Tamil Nadu.

WHY I SUPPORT?

If jallikattu is banned, livestock keepers will be forced to abandon the raising of native livestock, which already stands threatened due to the extensive use of motor pumps, tractors and mechanised agriculture. If the sport is banned, it would be the death knell of native cattle species in Tamil Nadu.

We will not only lose our breeds but also our self-sufficiency in milk production as well as promotion of organic farming. If we lose our breeds and import foreign breeds, multinational commercial companies will dominate the dairy industry in India.

WHO IS AFFECTED?

Jallikattu is more dangerous to the folks who participate than to the bulls themselves. This may sound strange, the bullocks never by any chance gore any one who throws himself down on their approach; and the only danger arises from their accidentally reaching unseen someone who remains standing near the arena.

Yesteryear news reports are the standing proof, that would give numbers of casualties every year and hundreds of people injured. Not a single report had the number of killed bulls, maybe because there were none.

I suspect the intent of PETA, I guess they are is indirectly supporting humans, infact humans are social animals.

WHY ARE WE PROTESTING?
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been rallying hard against the sport citing animal rights abuse.

PETA had also challenged the 2016 Environment Ministry notification by the NDA government. Through various reports, affidavits and photographs, The Animal Welfare Board of India(AWBI) has argued that Jallikattu bulls are physically and mentally tortured for the pleasure and enjoyment of human beings. They have also produced visual evidence for torture and cruelty to bullocks in Maharashtra’s bullock-cart races.

According to AWBI, Jallikattu or bullock-cart races conducted in this way have no historical, cultural or religious significance in Tamil Nadu or Maharashtra, and that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, should be altered.


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Jallikattu

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Mahakavi Bharathiyar

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Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi was an Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar, he is a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry.

One of my favourite poetry on discrimination based on Colour

Vellai nirathoru poonai – engal Veettil valarudu kandeer

Pillaigal petradu poonai – avai Perukku oru niramagum

Saambal niram oru kutti – karun Chaandu niram oru kutti

Paambu niram oru kutti – vellai Paalin niram our kutti

Enda niram irundalum – avai Yaavum ore taram andro

Inda niram siridendrum – idu Etram endru sollalamo?

The basic philosophy of the above given bharathi’s poet is very simple, it conveys the message that we are diversed by many factors like language, religion, beliefs and so on, above all we must not forget that we all are human, that is the only thing which unites the whole universe, where there is no humanity there is no good culture. No one is superior and no one is inferior.

Pure genius! Wish he were alive today.

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