The Trouble With India's Bull-Taming Ban

It's that time of the year when everybody gives their comment on the hot issue jallikattu and Nayanthara is not to be left behind.

The Australian Tamil community has also joined the ongoing protest against the ban on Jallikattu by holding peaceful demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney.

It is also about not being happy with the unilateral "Nationalism" being forced down the throats of all Indians. While introducing the subject to the readers, it defines Jallikattu as "a bull-taming festival where the animals are forced to drink alcohol and chilli powder is rubbed into their eyes".

A socially explosive issue which has divided Tamil Nadu from the rest of India threatens to spill over into Singapore.

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Tensions have been escalating for the last week after hundreds of people were detained for allegedly organising local Jallikattu contests in defiance of the court ban.

The two parties who have opposed Jallikattu in court, AWBI and PETA, had submitted various reports, affidavits and photographs to prove "cruelty" involved in the event.

Commercial establishments, educational institutions, trucks and public transport are likely to be hit on Friday as traders, truckers and transport unions join the protest against the ban on Jallikattu. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal activists then approached the apex court to strike down the notification. When film stars and politicians are unitedly fighting in Tamil Nadu for culture, many allege that the actors and politicians in AP have colluded and compromised even when the bright future of next generations is at stake. "Bullfighting has always been a topic of debate in Spain, where traditionalists have locked horns with animal-welfare advocates", it notes. "The state government's action in relation with Jallikattu would soon be seen", he told reporters in New Delhi. However, the articles were simple news bits, with no opinions and assertions.

It also made it mandatory for the administration to ensure that the bulls are put to proper testing by the animal husbandry and veterinary department to check if they are in good physical condition.

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After the meeting, Modi tweeted "while appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is presently sub-judice".

Honourable CM Thiru.O.Panneerselvam leaves to Delhi to meet PM Modi. However, the AFP copy titles the story as "Modi refuses to step in over bull-wrestling ban".

There was increased discontent as Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not yield a positive response - there had been hopes for an ordinance to revoke the ban on jallikattu.

As the festival with tradition of thousands of years, Tamil people organised the Jallikattu event as a token protest and also took out a small procession, he said.

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