Elections in Tamil Nadu close, Centre revokes ban on Jallikattu

The notification mentions that this exemption is subject to the condition that bulls are treated properly and not subjected to cruelty.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 9, 2016 8:09 am
jallikattu, tamil nadu, jallikattu ban, ban on jallikattu, pongal, mattu pongal, jallikattu news, tamil nadu news, india news Jallikattu is a popular bull-taming sport especially in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu

A notification issued Thursday evening by the Environment Ministry modifies its own 2011 order that included bulls in the list of animals that “shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animal”. A Supreme Court order in 2014 had backed the ban on Jallikattu.

The new notification says that “bulls may be continued to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal — at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat — in the manner by the customs of any community or practiced traditionally under the customs or as a part of culture, in any part of the country”. The notification mentions that this exemption is subject to the condition that bulls are treated properly and not subjected to cruelty.

Watch Video Centre lifts ban on Jallikattu

Also read: PETA India slams government’s move to allow TN’s popular Jallikattu

Political parties in Tamil Nadu welcomed the Centre’s decision, while activists and NGOs said they would approach the court next week to get the decision revoked. MDMK leader Vaiko and Dalit party VCK’s leader Thirumavalavan were among the first to thank the Centre. They were followed by Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief E V K S Elangovan, PMK leader S Ramadoss and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Ever since the Supreme Court backed the Jallikattu ban, citing cruelty to animals as the reason, all parties in the state have been demanding that the Centre restore the event through an Ordinance. MoS Pon Radhakrishnan was the first to tweet about the decision Friday morning, after he was informed about it by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The decision by the NDA government comes three months before Assembly elections in the state, where the BJP is attempting to strike an alliance with the AIADMK or the PMK. BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the decision will help them in the polls. She claimed party chief Amit Shah had met Javadekar several times, which led to the Centre’s decision. “There was a view in Tamil Nadu that only regional parties understand regional sentiments. The BJP has proved otherwise,” she said.

Jallikattu is popular in the districts of Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Theni, Pudukkottai and Dindigul — a region also known as the Jallikattu belt, which has a sizeable population of OBCs. The event begins with bulls being released into an arena. Participants then tackle the animal by its hump and try to hang on till they cross the finishing line.

In the last one decade, Jallikattu has gained in popularity — among citizens and politicians alike. For instance, in Madurai, once the stronghold of M K Alagiri, bull tamers would wear T-shirts with his picture.

“It may not be a deciding factor in the polls but it plays a major role in rural areas,” said a senior DMK leader, who said he personally does not favour the event. “I have seen bulls being beaten, poked with spiked instruments and given electric shocks. But the logic of animal cruelty does not work in politics.”

Don Williams of Blue Cross, an animal welfare organisation, said the ban has not been lifted by the Supreme Court but only by politicians. “It seems the animals have to start speaking for themselves. Learned judges of the court had banned it in the interest of both humans and animals. Politicians have lifted the ban. We will challenge it,” he said.

“About 95 per cent of bull tamers are illiterate and unemployed rural youth, who are indulging in animal cruelty and risking their own lives,” said A Narayanan, an activist who has researched on the subject.

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First Published on: January 9, 2016 4:40 am
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    Amit
    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm
    Why are the PRESSUTES silent over MALDA RIOTES ?
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      Justification
      Jan 8, 2016 at 11:44 am
      Modi terrorized, tortured and butchered 3000 humans, remember? Wonder how many Bulls might have died in history because of bull fighting. Do you see justification to lift the ban there?
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        Sirius
        Jan 8, 2016 at 9:54 am
        JalliKattu has to be supported , because it is a tradition. SC recently declined to ban Goat Slaughter in Bakr-Id festival because SC recognized it as a tradition. Now, it cannot be inconsistent and have another viewpoint in case of Jallikattu ...
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          Only-cricket-fools-please
          Jan 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm
          Only cricket please. Cricket is the only games we lickspittle brahmins love. Because we brahmins are all fools. And make 1.1 billion fools.
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            Wait-and-watch
            Jan 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm
            Don't gung ho about that. There is a criminal intent behind. This is open to legal contest. Knowing that very well, Modi lifted the ban. It is a Supreme CORRUPT(SC)'s order to ban. Modi cannot go against Supreme CORRUPT's order. That would be contempt of court. So wait and watch what is the real intent behind that order. Brahmins are no ordinary criminals, you see.
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              Rogue
              Jan 9, 2016 at 1:39 am
              People who speak against this traditional sport of jalikattu are Christian missionary's OR have no idea what it is. So I must explain. A new cloth is tied around a well fed bull. These are normal ploughing Bulls. The ones for the event are treated with extra care. They are like a member of their family and not just any "animal". On the day, the best one starts the event. Since they are unaccustomed to crowds, they lower their heads and charge. Virile men try to grab the cloth or ride it. We have a shortage of such men with all the GMO food we are fed. Then about 100-200 bulls are set loose. The Bulls are not killers. They will never gore anyone to death. They merely throw a person away with their horns and leap over them. THEY NEVER GO TOWARDS ANYONE WHO BOWS DOWN ON THE Ground. Jallikattu was not a compeive sport. It is an event to honour bull owners who reared stud bulls for mating. Bull owners were honoured with a dhoti, towel, betel leaves, bananas and token cash of Rs 101, on a silver plate. The bull-taming event itself lasts only a few minutes. Christian missionaries have tried to ban it for a hundred years.
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                Mithreyi
                Jan 8, 2016 at 11:36 am
                AZZ I am a brahmin, I oppose the move of Modi. Bulls are to be used only for impregnating our beloved holy cows. They should not be used for such show of strength. Let us all brahmin COWards make a political storm in our digital connections.
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                  Tin
                  Jan 8, 2016 at 11:32 am
                  Don Williams eats beef, preaches otherwise!!! Similarly many brahmins have converted to beef eating, advocate cow protection. Their favorite p time is human m killing.
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                    MyTake
                    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:44 pm
                    On the ground that there is animal cruelty, one alternative to bull could be choosing a politician (by public) in its place and giving a chase. This can serve the purpose of continuing with tradition with an easy replacement and also helping the animals at the same time.
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                      Addier Lopkjer
                      Jan 9, 2016 at 4:15 am
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                        Aditya
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 1:31 am
                        Good. IT is wrong and evil to eat bull as evidenced by various beef bans but it is completly ok to torture and mis treat them for sports. jai ho Modi Sarkar ke logic ki.
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                          Adrian Akau
                          Jan 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm
                          TN state government promotes liquor and the Centre now promotes gambling which is traditional with jallikatu.
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                            ashok
                            Jan 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm
                            It's political no matter if its banned by supreme court. In India politics plays supreme. All said BJP will not get seats by this act in Tamilnadu
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                              Ashutosh
                              Jan 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                              Mr. Don Williams of Blue Cross, leading animal welfare organisation - WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ABOUT BEEF AND KILLING OF ANIMALS FOR FOOD BY HUMANS ?
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                                PN badri
                                Jan 8, 2016 at 11:02 am
                                Jallikattu game ban lifted by chairmania politicians considering ensuing embly elections ignoring apex court judgement is surprising. Cruelty to animals also against Hinduism sanatana dharma culture . BJP hindivita policy nothing but vote bank politics and DOUBLE STANDARDS.
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                                  PN badri
                                  Jan 8, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                  Jallikattu is so called sports and also like cricket betting culture in private apart from injustice to animals . All animals doesn't belong to any nationality etc.
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                                    Rajesh
                                    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:34 am
                                    If Jallikattu should be banned for animal cruelty, then Bakri-Id should also be banned for animal cruelty. "Seculars" would never allow that.
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                                      Rajesh
                                      Jan 8, 2016 at 11:35 am
                                      Mullahs want to hold beef festival to celebrate the killing of cows, even though there were never any cows in Arab countries, but TN cannot celebrate an ancient tradition ?
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                                        donda
                                        Jan 9, 2016 at 9:44 am
                                        Jallikattu is cruel, and u show love while killing an animal... How?
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                                          donda
                                          Jan 9, 2016 at 9:45 am
                                          Plants does not have feelings
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                                            donda
                                            Jan 9, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                            Plants does not have feelings, but cows has...
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