#JallikattuReturns—eye on polls, bull fest ban revoked

| Friday, January 8, 2016 - 18:32
First Published |

Bringing cheer to the people of Tamil Nadu, the Central Government revoked the ban on the traditional and cultural festival of Jallikattu by bringing in an ordinance.

The Centre has listened to the demand of locals and state regional parties who had been writing to the government time and again to revoke the ban on the festival so that it can be performed in the State.

Many people who were in support for the festival believed that it was because of the ban Tamil Nadu had seen such a severe flood.

The festival was banned after a lot of environmentalists had appealed to the court that it perpetrates violence on animals. But it was after the request from locals, political parties and a lot of participants who argued that the festival was a part and parcel of the cultural rights of the rural community, the government decided to lift the ban with certain guidelines.

The people in the State are extremely excited following the lift of the ban and are looking forward to the festival to be celebrated on Jan 15 and 16.  The festival is also important for its religious connotations related to Pongal and fertility.

Various critics of the festival are of the view that the decision to lift the ban on the festival is politically motivated as political parties are eying the forthcoming Assembly Elections in the State and would definitely like to capitalize on the situation.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister thanked the Modi government for lifting the ban on the festival. She said that Jallikattu would uphold cultural values and preserve traditional bull breeds.

Speaking on the occasion, BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan refuted the view that the State government was eyeing the votes. “Bulls are not harmed during this festival instead they are taken care of,” he said. People know that the Modi government lifted the ban.

However, BJP leader Kiren Bedi has questioned the government’s decision to lift the ban. According to her such kind of brutal acts should not be encouraged when the country is trying to move towards a peaceful society.

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Sati was an evil practice in India which had a five thousand years traditional religious social practice. This was abolished. Why hold on to a cruel Practice even for politics sake?

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