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Jallikattu: Allowing this cultural tradition will be a good decision by the govt
Hats off to the Central government! It is planning to allow the popular bull taming festival 'Jalikattu' in Tamilnadu. Jallikattu (bull fight), is a bull taming sport conducted during the popular Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. But animal rights activists claim it highly barbaric to subject animals to cruelty in the name of tradition and religion.

As expected, the decision is welcomed by all and the organizers of Jallikattu, bull owners and tamers and the people of Alanganallur in Madurai, where the sport is held with great fanfare, attracting large number of tourists.

It is a great irony that the main opposition party, DMK and its leaders always trumpets as progressive people and always targets Hindus for its orthodoxy and backwardness.

Animal races are very popular in the country. Apart from Tamilnadu, Maharshtra, Punjab, UP's rural areas such sports are very popular and part of culture. Such animal games are almost part of rural culture.

It is a well-known fact that Jallikattu, also known as 'Eruthazhuvuthal' in Tamilnadu, played on Pongal, bullock cart race in Maharashtra, Kambla in Karnatka bullocks' race in Punjab etc., have been traditionally and culturally very popular practice. All must respect these traditions and cultures.

The modern-day Jallikattu is a very difficult and risky game, in which large number of men chases a bull and control it at the same time. Now it is finally a commercial activity in which bulls are subjected to run as fast as possible. In the ancient time, one youth would fight and tame a wild and ferocious bull to exhibit his bravery and manliness. Now a violent mob chases a bull.

It is the tendency of secular groups and animal right groups and its leaders to adopt sectarian and divisive methods to consolidate their vote bank. All the Tamil Nadu based political parties are caste and creed based. So they target the game.

The argument that the sport is a part of Tamil culture and tradition is very true. The cruelty to animals cannot be accepted. Similarly the brave sport argument too is also tenable.

It is also a fact that every year some young men are killed and many injured during bull fight. In ancient time it was a simple rural sport but now it has become a torturous and risky entertainment for the people. Now to charge a bull, people intoxicate the bull and throw red chilly powder in its eyes and then it is charged into crowd to make it more aggressive and violent. In this melee, a few participations and viewers are injured and killed.

Bull is the friends of farmers and people. So they should be treated with love and care on Mattu Pongal. They should be well fed and worshipped and not tortured or killed. It is a Hindu tradition to worship bulls. All right thinking people must be very happy at this decision.

The political parties and animal right activists should ask to ban animal slaughtering to which animals are either tortured or killed to appease God. One such festival is Eid of Muslims on which corers of animals are slaughtered every year to appease God. They should see to it that slaughtering of animals is banned on Eid also. But unfortunately till date no animal lover has raised voice against this cruel practice. Not only this our constitutional heads and political leaders extend their greetings to Muslims on Eid on which large numbers of animals are slaughtered in a very brutal manner.

It is clear that in India such moral values are only for Hindus. Nobody can dare to ban the animal slaughtering on Eid. Although any type of cruelty against animals is a crime under our constitution. But Indian model of secularism has made Islam above the constitution.

Similarly lakhs of animals are slaughtered illegally everyday throughout the nation and our government is the mute spectator to all these brutal killings of animals. If killing of animals is not prevented, animals in this will be an endangered species in our country.

Now animal right activists have got banned shows in circus. Even jugglers cannot keep animals like monkeys, bear and even snakes. As a result of this lakhs of people lost their livelihood.

Since the late 1990s, animal rights fighters have succeeded in banning the long-established arts in India that expertise in training animals for shows as a means of living. There was a time when snake charmers and Baazigars would be sent to international fairs as emissaries of India's conventional art forms.

But when the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was extended to these communities, they became criminals and law breakers. With one blow of the pen, their centuries-old art forms came to be treated as unlawful activity, without even bother to offer them any alternative means of employment for survival.

We must be kind to the animals but we must respect ones culture, tradition and livelihood. If we want to protect animals we must ban slaughtering but not the cultural games. 

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