For the past few days, the protests against a Supreme Court ban on hugely popular bull-taming sport-jallikattu at Chennai’s Marina Beach have largely been peaceful.
Thousands of people cutting across class and culture have come in support to host the banned bull-taming festival. The social media is flooded with angry tweets and posts from the people of Tamil Nadu. Over days and nights, the people gathered at the Marina beach to lift the ban on Jallikattu and impose a ban on PETA initially.
However, the only thing left was violence. On January 23 morning, violence broke out in Chennai and a few other places in Tamil Nadu. The police had to use teargas, water cannon after a mob resorted to stone pelting and torched several vehicles outside a police station in Chennai.
Taking it one step ahead, many are now threatening to boycott Republic Day. Agitators termed January 26 as A “a black day for Tamils.”
The agitators also threatened to move into the sea to boycott the Republic Day celebrations, if the police marched forward.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy thinks the sudden violence in Chennai was actually triggered by Pakistan intelligence agency – Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Swamy claimed that jallikattu protest has been hijacked by ‘anti-national’ elements.
“Genuine agitators have dispersed. The main organiser said he is leaving Marina. Today there are people with Prabhakaran’s and Hafiz Sayeed’s posters. This is now an ISI financed agitation. O Panneeselvam has done just the right thing,” Swamy said.
The Rajya Sabha MP also slammed the Congress for “mischievously banning” jallikattu.
Pattali Makkal Katchi chief Anbumani Ramadoss has warned the Centre that his party will hold jallikattu on Republic Day in case the Centre fails to bring an ordinance. “The government has been ignoring Tamil Nadu for a long time and the anger has culminated into this protest. Our only option is to put more pressure,” he said.
The agitators have also protested people not to drink the products of MNCs like Cocacola and Pepsi, as they said MNCs that deal with food and beverages intend to bring Jersey cows to India which will replace the Indian native breeds of cattle. Protesters said they consider bulls as their family members.
Jallikattu is a bull taming sport in which young men wrestle with a bull in an open field during the harvest festival of Pongal. It was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014. Last year, the Centre allowed it, but that decision was challenged in the Supreme Court.