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Tamil Nadu Is Ready With Jallikattu Ordinance To Allow The Bull-Taming Sport To Continue

Published on 21 January, 2017 at 2:33 pm By

The Centre may have refused to directly intervene in the Jallikattu debate citing its judicial status, but it appears that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not for nothing.


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Following PM Modi’s assurance that the Centre will support whatever decision the State Government takes, Tamil Nadu is now ready to pass an ordinance that will allow the bull-taming sport to continue. The Centre had given its nod late on Friday night.

The Home, Environment and Law ministries gave their approval to the ordinance, which allows the sport under certain restrictions.

 

Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met PM Modi on Thursday in New Delhi.

Jallikattu row erupted after the Supreme Court refused to give a final verdict on the ban it imposed before Pongal. The decision to ban the sport came after animal rights group PETA’s objection.

Thousands across Tamil Nadu came out on the streets calling for the revocation of the ban. Nearly every top Tamil movie star and politician extended their support to the youth protesting in favour of Jallikattu, which is to Tamilians is ‘bull embracing’.

 

PTI

Tamils, irrespective of their caste and religion, together called for the removal of the ban. Jallikattu has been cited as inherent to the culture of Tamil Nadu.


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PM Modi posted these tweets in support of Tamil culture today:



 


Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao will be in Chennai today. It is expected that President Pranab Mukherjee will approve the order.

Once the ordinance is passed, the protests, which have been peaceful throughout, might end.

 

Youngsters stage a protest condemning the ban on Jallikattu at Tamukkam in Madurai on Wednesday. PTI

But even if the ordinance is passed, it can still be challenged in the court by the animal rights activists who have, in their zeal for animal rights, failed in understanding Jallikattu. In fact, many protestors have been calling for a ban on PETA because of the rights group’s myopic stance on animal rights – it has never filed any petition against goat or sheep slaughter during Bakr-i-Eid.


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When actor Kamal Haasan was asked about animal cruelty being cited as the reason by animal rights groups, he calmly responded, “Then ban biryani.”

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