Will take steps to hold Jallikattu, says TN CM O Panneerselvam

Tracy FergusonJan 20, 2017

However, to conduct "jallikattu", the Supreme Court should give a favourable verdict, he said.

Opposition and ruling parties in the state have also criticised the ban and want Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to have it overturned. You will soon see (the steps).

Sporting paper horns, young men and women held creatively worded placards in Tamil and English, asking the state and central governments to immediately pave the way for holding of the sport.

The New York Times and BBC also carried detailed news agency reports on Jallikattu. "Through Jallikattu the farmers are able to find the best bulls, which helps in the breeding of native species", said Manikanda Venkatesh, a student from Tamil Nadu, who participated in protests in Delhi today.

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The people of Tamil Nadu are upset that the Supreme Court of India has revoked an exemption to the Jallikattu practice just before the 2016 Pongal festival and have taken to the streets to challenge the ban. With the Centre on Thursday turning down Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's request for an Ordinance, the protests have intensified.

They hoisted black flags and held processions condemning PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals-an animal rights organisation) and demanded that the Centre take steps to conduct Jallikattu. They point to the Centre's recent demonetisation move and the Supreme Court's order on the national anthem as decisions "imposed" on them.

"Law was not created to rob people off their tradition and rights but to protect it. Jallikattu is every Tamilian's identity".

Music Composer A.R. Rahman on Thursday tweeted in support and said that he was fasting on Friday in support of the spirit of Tamil Nadu. While introducing the subject to the readers, it defines Jallikattu as "a bull-taming festival where the animals are forced to drink alcohol and chilli powder is rubbed into their eyes".

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Friday will see the agitation entering another level, as advocates' associations have chose to stay away from courts, a popular union of cinema workers has announced a hunger strike and a section of hotels, shops and public transportation is planning to shut operations in Chennai.

Extending support to the protesters, Madras High Courts Advocates Association also announced boycott of courts on Friday. The impromptu nature and the magnitude of the protests have taken the state administration by surprise, and if continued the protests may lead to a serious law and order problem.

Private schools and 31 government and private arts and science colleges will remain closed on Friday.

The protestors have been supported by several celebrities such as Tamil actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and Vijay.

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