With the harvesting season just a few days away, the Center on Friday lifted the ban on Jallikattu (bull taming) this year. The ban was lifted by a notification from the Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, which states that bulls can be used and trained for the sport and also be exhibited during festivals for performing.
The notification also lifts the ban from other bull related sports which are practiced traditionally in Tamil Nadu and places like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat. The notice also specifies that, “In case of Jallikattu, the moment the bull leaves the enclosure; it shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metre.”
However, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has told that they will be going against the Center’s order and will contest it with immediate effect. The AWBI Chairman told TOI, “We are disappointed that the government has ridden roughshod over such explicit directions of the Supreme Court.”
The sudden act by the Center came due to pressure from several politicians in Tamil Nadu including a letter from the CM, J. Jayalalithaa to the Prime Minister to allow the traditional practice to happen during Pongal.
Chennai: Narendra Modi met Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha and Karnataka Governor K. Rosaiah in his first trip to South India after becoming Prime Minister at the Chennai airport on Sunday.
He was en route to Sriharikota, which is about 80 kms from Chennai, to witness ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-23 rocket’s launch. His aircraft was delayed at the airport due to bad weather. Among other dignitaries of Tamil Nadu, BJP’s coalition partners Vaiko and Anbumani Ramadoss were also present to meet Modi. Vaiko, who is the leader of BJP’s alliance party MDMK, met the PM for the first time after he boycotted his swearing in ceremony, due to the presence of the Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The rocket launch is scheduled for Monday at 9.52 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, after which Modi will return to Delhi. Jayalalithaa might be present at the airport again to see him off.
The indigenous PSLV – C23 rocket will be carrying five foreign satellites from four countries, France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.