Between 1992 and 2012, indigenous cattle breed numbers fell by an average of 20% and that of exotic cross-bred cattle rose by more than 150%.
These pictures chronicle the excitement of the bulls, their owners, potential bull tamers and the prizes they compete for in this traditional festival.
The BJP and its supporters, who sparked and sustained the pro-Jallikattu protests, do not seem to take the very real dangers associated with the sport seriously.
The cow, the bull and the buffalo are unlikely to disappear from mainstream Indian politics for some time.
A petitioner has sought the Madras high court’s directions over Justice K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan’s ‘Man of the Year’ citation from PETA. But the petition is misconceived only several fronts.
Taking exception to the widespread protests across the state in support of Jallikattu, the Supreme Court observed that such things cannot be permitted in a country governed by the rule of law.
Public anger in the state against economic dislocation had been building up and needed a trigger to explode.
Demands are growing in coastal Karnataka for the revival of kambala, the buffalo race which has feudalism stamped all over.
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Growing animosity against the Centre in Tamil Nadu has taken the form of anger against the prime minister, which many allege has not received its due share of media coverage.
The mass protests at Marina beach were about fulfilling the aspirations of the people and restoring the self-esteem of the Tamils.
The novella beautifully captures the cultural significance of jallikattu in the life of rural Tamil Nadu, even if the ‘tradition’ is inextricably bound up with feudalism, caste hierarchies, masculinity and patriarchy.
The protests at Marina beach over Jallikattu is more of an expression of Tamil solidarity rather than being about any particular grievance.
The state government is seeking to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Reacting to the controversy back home, the Tamil diaspora held protests in Sri Lanka, the UK and Australia, with further protests being planned elsewhere.
There appears to no visible leadership guiding the agitators in Tamil Nadu demanding that Jallikattu be allowed to take place
Instead of defying the Supreme Court, jallikattu supporters should turn their energies and passion to finding ways to bring bulls back into agriculture and educate our polity and society about the virtues of native genes in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Though a draft of judgement has been prepared but it was not possible to deliver it before Saturday – when Jallikattu is to be organised.
If the sport is banned, farmers will be forced to abandon the raising of native livestock, which already stands threatened due to the extensive use of motor pumps, tractors and mechanised agriculture.
Banning the manufacture and sale of plastic bags, improving animal care and creating an empowered animal welfare enforcement agency are some of the measures that could be included in the project.
The apex court fixed August 30 for the final hearing of the matter to decide on the constitutional validity of Jallikattu.
The overarching sense is that it is religious practice and use, rather than ecology, science or animal cognition, that is the shining light for subliminal but broad changes in our environmental policies.
A more plural sense of justice and injustice is needed to enable serious consideration of the shared vulnerabilities of people and animals.
Prime Minister Modi is facing severe criticism for what is widely perceived to be his personal failure to bring back jallikattu as promised in time for this year’s Pongal festivities. After Modi tweeted his Pongal greetings to the people of Tamil Nadu, he was mercilessly pilloried on social […]
New Delhi: The Centre has reportedly asked Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) chairman Maj General (retd.) R.M. Kharb and vice chairman Chinny Krishna to resign from the statutory body for challenging its January 8 notification lifting a four-year-old executive order prohibiting jallikattu. The AWBI filed a petition […]
The Modi government has brought a 40 year struggle against cruelty to bulls to nought with the mere stroke of a pen.
The conditions imposed by the government in allowing this sport meet all the concerns of the Animal Welfare Board