T.N. government gives nod for Jallikattu
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture
- The Tamil Nadu government has permitted jallikattu to be held across the State during the upcoming Pongal season.
- The sport would be subject to fresh restrictions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Not more than 300 bull tamers would be allowed to take part in a jallikattu, ‘manjuvirattu’ or ‘vadamadu’ event.
- All necessary precautions have to be taken with regard to prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
Important value additions
- Jallikattu is referred to as bull taming event.
- Practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal.
- ‘jallikattu’ is derived from Tamil words Jalli refers to gold or silver coins ,Kattu means ‘tied’.
- Found mentioned in the Sangam literature (2500 years ago).
- It is controversial Because the sport often results in major injuries and even deaths of both bulls and humans.
- Supreme Court in 2014 banned Jallikattu in response to Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) petitions citing cruelty to animals.
- The article 51A of the constitution states that citizens should safeguard the wildlife and forests and have compassion for living creatures.