Jallikattu protests: How worldwide media covered Tamil uprising against New Delhi

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The state is witnessing a sort of "Arab Spring" as thousands of youth are rallying at the Marina beach for the third day and are prepared to continue their protest in support of Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport banned by the Supreme Court.

Thousands of supporters of Jallikattu, a bull-taming festival where the animals are forced to drink alcohol and chilli powder is rubbed into their eyes, have rallied in parts of southern India to demand the government lift a ban on the traditional event.

On November 27, 2010, the Supreme Court permitted the Tamil Nadu government to allow Jallikattu for five months in a year, and directed the District Collectors to make sure that the animals that participate in Jallikattu are registered to the Animal Welfare Board.

Animal rights activists including PETA India have protested the sport, which has involved injuries to animals as well as injuries and fatalities of people. The case first reached the Supreme Court after animal rights organisations, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), chose to challenge a 2007 division bench judgment of the Madras High Court in favour of Jallikattu.

Adding to the fleet of celebrities who joined the protest in Marina beach is Oscar-winning music director A R Rahman, who through a tweet on Thursday said he will go on fast on Friday to show solidarity to the protesters. "Wait, good will happen", he told reporters after the meeting with Modi during which he urged the central government to issue an ordinance to enable the sport to be conducted.

There are reports that people in Madurai and other parts of Tamil Nadu have chose to stage Jallikattu events irrespective of the court's decision.


Five time World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand took to Twitter and said, "Jallikattu is a cultural symbol".

In the notification, an exception was made for bulls used in Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu as well as for those in bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat. With the Centre on Thursday turning down Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's request for an Ordinance, the protests have intensified. The sport involves releasing a running bull into a crowd of people. It is unusual how a sport-deemed brutal and a violation of animal rights by the activists-and has brought the people of Tamil Nadu together.

In a bid to find a solution to the ongoing protests against Jallikattu ban in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O Paneer Selvam has started to Delhi.

It said the Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government. "If the state drafts a law that addresses the issue of cruelty, it will still be challenged in the apex court but the court can not say that a state can not have a law of its own", he said.

"Many revere the bull and it isn't as if they want to kill it".

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