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Debasish Acharya, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
22nd January, 2017-Marina beach witnessed around twenty five thousand people demanding for lifting the ban on Jallikattu, most popular bull taming sport among Tamilians. Everyone should value their tradition and preserve their own culture. Nothing wrong in doing so but is it necessary at the pain of others? Compared to the animal, its more dangerous for the participants even. Keeping aside the statistical figures of thousand injuries and many deaths in the past half decade, the Supreme Court had put a ban finally in the year 2014. Shouldn’t we respect our judiciary system? People instead have shown utter dissent for the apex body. Activists of PETA have been made to feel insecure and asked to stop bull fighting in few other nations. Few politicians and actors were seen vouching for preserving the five thousand year old tradition. Vote-banks are really important for them even at the cost of few poor lives. Instead of feeling the pain, people celebrate.
Earlier people had very limited sources of entertainment but with time we need to adapt with changing trends. There are enough alternative means of enjoyment. People have been advocating, bulls are their pride and they take great care of them the year throughout. If you love someone how can you be so cruel to it? Rubbing irritants in their mouths, twisting their tails, beating and torturing them for one’s own fun and entertainment is certainly an inhuman practice. Its better to stop taking care of them. Taking into consideration, sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu, even Supreme Court had allowed for preserving the tradition under supervision but it was in vain. Any culture banking on cruel practices for animals must be severely dealt with. We would not get a Raja Ram Mohan Roy or any social reformer every-time instead we can rightly use our minds as to decide between justice and inhumanity. As long as no one is harmed, every sport should be green-signaled. If you really want to treat bulls as such, my only request is to try the same once with a lion or a tiger. They might prove to be a better option!