Guys, this issue is important not just for interviews but also to know where the country is heading. to:
What is Jallikattu? In chaste Tamil it is called "Er Thazhuvuthal". Er means bull. Thazhuvuthal means hugging. The tradition is that on Bhogi (the day before Pongal) we burn the old thoughts and useless habits in our minds. Some will burn the old hay as well on bhogi to prepare their land. The next day comes Pongal. It is the harvest festival. People cook rice from the newly harvested produce and sweeten it. They also worship Sun to thank for the successful harvest. Remember geography, there shouldn't be rain during harvest. The next day is "Uzhavar Thirunal (farmers' day) or Mattu Pongal (festival for bulls and cows". In this day, the bulls and cows are decorated, given fresh grass and sumptuous food. The bulls are prepared for a month for "Er Thazhuvuthal", allowed to run on the ground. The strong men should tame them. The rule is that only the bulls neck should be hugged. The tail or head shouldn't be touched. Women won't marry men who are scared of bulls' horns. The successful men are given prizes and they also get the beautiful girls for marriage. The successful bulls (Kangeyam breed) are sent to mate to get the next gen breed which can give healthy milk and cow products. The unsuccessful bulls are sent back for agri work (not killed). The last day is "Kaanum Pongal". This is the day of relaxation after celebration. People spend the day in tourist spots with their families and the festival is over.
Why PETA is against Jallikattu? Firstly, we Tamils should take the blame for this issue. The tradition wasn't followed properly. To make the bulls win, the bull owners started to enrage the bulls by harming them so that they will show their ire on the people who tame them. This enabled the bull to win so that the owner can sell the bull at exorbitant rates to those who want it to mate with the cows. Such harming were taken as part of the tradition by PETA and congress govt and banned the sport. First of all, banning wasn't a solution to save the bulls. The sport should instead be regulated and traditional habits should return.
What is PETA's ulterior motive? PETA isn't really a holy cow organisation. They are marketing agents for owners of jersey cow of the West. Kangeyam breed is known for its excellent qualities. The milk of such cows is very nutritious and has disease curing properties. Still village medications are successful with that milk. Now PETA's actions are two fold. They want to destroy the Tamil culture and help jersey cows to hijack our place. How will this happen? Read on:
If Jallikattu is banned, no one is going to prepare the bull for the sport. The healthy practice of taking care of bull will be abolished. Bulls are tamed only on jallikattu day, on other days they r part of families in rural TN. This fabric will go. No one is rich enough to take care of bulls when they know they can't send it for mating and getting next GEN cows which can give healthy milk. This practice will slowly die. People will slowly take on some other occupation. When milk shortage occurs, foreign people will then enter the market through the jersey cows. The culture of harvest festival itself will slowly die as the tradition is tampered with.
If killing cows during Eid is right, what's wrong with jallikattu?
If cows can be transported in inhuman conditions for beef, what's wrong with jallikattu?
The conditions in dairy industry is pathetic. For business purposes, repeated artificial insemination is carried out resulting in repeated pregnancies. Science has proved that cows are more emotional than humans but their calves are separated from their mom the very next day of birth. If the calf is a male, it is killed for beef in its childhood itself. If the calf is a female it is prepared for repeated pregnancies at a very tender age itself. The result is white revolution but the impact is so terrible on cows. If such a business practice can be continued day in and day out, what's wrong with jallikattu? The gentlemen sitting as judges aren't aware of the real culture.
This post is to educate my north Indian friends on this issue and make my south Indian friends feel the pride of the culture. If there are any mistakes, please point it out.