T.N. government gives nod for Jallikattu

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  • December 25, 2020
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T.N. government gives nod for Jallikattu

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture

In news 

  • The Tamil Nadu government has permitted jallikattu to be held across the State during the upcoming Pongal season. 

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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