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Avantika Bhargava, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The recent uproar over Jallikattu is rekindling the classic debate of whether or not should the old traditions be followed. While on the one hand, some people argue for its continuation just because it is old and a part of their culture, on the other hand some apply rational thought to weigh the pros and cons and then take a logical call.
Not only Jallikattu, there are several rituals in India which are not only illogical but also harmful for the society. In the name of displaying masculine valour, men try to tame a bull that is let to run loose. Every year, several men die and many get severely injured due to this barbaric act. It’s high time that India, as a nation aspiring for development, disconnect from such stupidity of its own past.
Another example for a harmful ritual is the use of firework for Diwali celebrations. It is a recent trend, not an old ritual! Nowhere in any Hindu text has it been mandated to burst crackers. It is not a part of our culture to be continued. People who argue for continuation of these activities do it for their own benefit and have no logical merit in their argument.
We, as a community having scientific temper, must therefore differentiate between good and bad customs, retain the good ones and eliminate the rest. Only then we can break free from the burden of our past and embrace a glorious future!