Jallikattu - The Indian Version of Dangerous Bull-fighting Sport

in lifestyle •  4 months ago  (edited)

Spain is infamously known for its cruel sporting event of bull-fighting. But India has its own traditional version for this cruelty. It's not exactly a bull-fighting here but a bull-race. It's called Jallikattu.

Jallikattu in Tamilnadu State is traditionally organized around this time of the year - the festival time of Pongal.

Citing the cruelty inflicted towards bulls, the Supreme Courts of India had banned these events in 2014. But owing to popularity of these events and associating its roots with culture, Government passed another law to circumvent the apex Court's order to make it legal. The appeal against it is still pending with the Supreme Courts.

Meanwhile, Jallikattu events are being organised in the State.
About 200 humans have lost their lives in past two decades during these events. So you can understand when people ain't concerned for human lives who will think about the lives of bulls!

Last Sunday, in a Jallikattu event a young man got entwined by the ropes tied to a frenzied bull and died on the spot. Despite this, Organizers of the event immediately shifted the body of the deceased guy away from the venue and continued the event as usual. Check the complete news story here.

Although that event was later stopped by the interference of the police, this incident had no effect on other events. This Friday, two young man died in a mega-Jallikattu event that was organized in Madurai district. (Check detail here).

Don't assume that there was any security lapse or safety measures weren't in place. This event was being monitored by a High Court appointed retired High Court judge. Even Madurai District Collector was present at the event.

But why should we shift the debate to the safety of bull-tamers and audience while ignoring the cruelty towards innocent animals? Can't State Government have guts to ban these events even after a Supreme Court order to do so? What a dirty politics!!!

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@xyzashu, I think you got it wrong. Comparing jallikattu with Spain bull fighting is wrong and what's even more wrong is thinking that it's indian version of that cruel sports.

Don't get me wrong but even I used to think like that but later after speaking to the native folks they told me the history behind it and it's has a very different story.

While in the Spain the bull fighting is for the sport where the bull is killed. Here it's a celebration of harvest and the Ox is awarded and offered prayers.

I do agree that this sport is very much dangerous and the threat to life is there but the reason they do it is completely different.
I think @bala41288 would agree.

Yes @inuke you are absolutely right.

Well, whichever way you look at it, it can't be denied that both the events are primarily held for entertainment purpose and both are based on cruelty to innocent bulls.

One thing I learned from culture, tradition and religion is that these are full of various anecdotes, mythologies & stories and can be (mis)interpreted to even justify crimes as heinous as murder. I'm least interested in the history if it's used to justify what we see today!