RSS backs Jallikattu. Says it’s not animal cruelty but playing with animal.


Jallikattu, the controversial sport of bull taming (or Bull embracing) is now backed by RSS.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has seen rapid growth in the previous
few years has made its presence felt in almost every trending topic of the nation.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has the habit of being in the headlines especially in the recent years, has made recent headlines by backing the Tamil Nadu’s controversial sport “Jallikattu”,
just a day after Supreme Court refused to lift a ban on the controversial sport associated with Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.

RSS Member and Sah-Prachar Pramukh, J Nandakumar, said
“The Sangh organisations in the state are in favour of Jallikattu.
The festival is about playing with the animal, it does not involve celebration by killing of any ox, bull or camel”.

It will be interesting to find how different parties and groups, react to this statement.

On the other hand, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is spearheading the movement to ban the sport. PETA believes that bulls are often tortured in the name of tradition and are sometimes fed with alcohol.

So what exactly is Jallikattu ?

Jallikattu, one of the few native sports of Tamil Nadu, played during Pongal (Tamil harvest festival) festival celebrations.It’s interesting to note that ‘Jallikattu’, which is an ancient bull-taming festival, has divided Indian’s into different opinions.

Bull-taming world wide:

It’s also interesting to note that other than India,
Bull-taming in some form is practiced in many countries including :

  • Portugal
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Spain and many others.

Only time will tell what will be the fate of Jallikattu in india but what is to be noted is that once again, a small issue has been able to divide the country into different opinions whether it’s based on religious point of view or political point of view.

As of writing this article in January 2017, the government has lifted the ban on Jallikattu and it will be interesting to see what twists and turns will come up in the near future.

It’s high time, we Indians, stop being divided and start being united for the betterment of this nation.
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