Only unity can save us now— The real story about Jallikattu and it’s ban.
I’m going to take you back in time. Centuries ago, even before the first foreign man set his foot on this land. India had it’s way of learning, it had principles, food habits, some of which we follow even today. These traditional principles and habits were designed by our ancestors for our own well being. One of them which we follow today is the respect we have for cows and bulls.
From back then, until the early 20th century the cow and the bull were given at most importance in our nation. Here’s why.
- The cow provided milk. The farmer kept his family and his neighbourhood healthy.
- The bull helped in ploughing the fields.
- The bull helped in transport.
- Of course, the bull was required for breeding.
- The cow dung, was often used as manure to the soil.
- Dried cow dung was used as fuel.
For a country with agriculture as its back bone, where almost everyone was a farmer, the bull and the cow were surely the biggest asset to the Indian. There is no wonder they worshiped them and still continue to do so. Indians today kneel before goddess Kamadhenu and lord Nandhi since the cows and bulls helped our ancestors lead a good life.
Brahadeswara temple built by Raja Raja Chola, Bengaluru bull temple built by Kempe Gowda, the Lepakshi, the Khajuraho, Chamundi hills and more. These are evident examples that bulls were treated as a godly creation across India.
The bull being the toughest domestic animal and also being worshiped as lord Shiva’s vahana, it happens to be the most majestic of all domestic creatures. So, the Tamizhar community of southern India treated it that way. They played a sport every year called as Eruthazhuvudal, or better known as Jallikattu.
Jallikattu is all about controlling the bull by holding on to it’s hump until the bull passes a certain distance. Here’s how Jallikattu helped the Thamizhar community.
- For the bull to be tough in the arena, the bull was specially fed and raised to be healthy.
- This way the bull was healthy enough to plough the fields.
- It’s dung was healthy manure for the soil.
- And it bred well.
Point to be added is that the Animal protection acts that were imposed before and after freedom had never affected the practice of Jallikattu. It was in late 1990’s when people started opposing the sport saying that it’s animal torture.
The best part is that the organization that supports the ban of Jallikattu is headquartered in USA — Peta Non profit Organization.
Why is Peta so adamant when a whole community is against the ban? Why does Peta act like it cares for the bulls more than the owner who fed, cared and raised them? Here’s the truth behind it.
The westerners want to destroy the dairy market in India. They want to breed cows through artificial insemination. Unfortunately the number of bulls in northern India have drastically reduced in the past decade. If this continues, we will have to beg westerners for dairy that comes through cows that are bred by artificial insemination.
People, this ban on Jallikattu is not TamilNadu’s problem. It’s the whole country’s problem. It has our economy involved in it. It has our farmers’ livelihood involved in it. Raise you voice against Peta and the ban on Jallikattu.
Don’t let the westerner rule here. It’s our nation.