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Anmol Singhal, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
― Milan Kundera
As the year has started with festivals, one that I came across was more than just a festival. Namely, ‘Jallikattu’. Etymology of this word tells us that it has been originated from two Tamil words, Jalli and Kattu, referring to silver or gold coins tied to bull’s horns.
So as simple as it may seem, the festival is about celebrating ‘masculine violence’ and the ‘prowess of cattle breeders and rearers and the skills of farms hands in managing the cattle. But taming the bulls just for the sake of showcasing human bravery and control over inferior species cannot be termed as a ‘sport’ in my opinion.
Even as the Ministry of Environment and Forest, had put a ban on such sports in 2011, citing cruelty as the reason, the practise continued to be held under the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act No 27 of 2009. Though later, Supreme Court banned the practise altogether in 2014.
I still came across the news on this tradition being carried out in remote places of Tamil Nadu with 600 villages participating in this ‘celebration’. The issue levied by Supreme Court is being defied by the people of Tamil Nadu, which just displays lack of education and sheer anthropocentric vision.