Centre mulls constitutional amendment to allow jallikattu
With Pongal day fast approaching, many leading voices in Tamil Nadu like politicians and superstars are batting for traditional bull sport jallikattu, an integral part of Pongal festivities, to be continued.
On Tuesday, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu hinted that the Centre could explore the option of clearing the decks for the conduct of jallikattu in Tamil Nadu through a Constitutional amendment, according to a report in The Hindu.
“We are getting suggestions (to amend the law). We (the then Central Government) did it in the Shah Bano case. But, we will have to see. We will have to discuss. We will have to weigh what court thinks,” he said at the India Today Conclave in Chennai.
Recently, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to overturn the existing ban on the bull-taming sport.
Meanwhile, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the state government should promulgate an ordinance to conduct jallikattu as the Central government could do little about it.
At a different occasion, Union Environment Minister Anil Dave on Tuesday said he hoped the Supreme Court will uphold people’s sentiments over jallikattu, saying it is a “non-violent” and “friendly” game.
“There is no violence in this game. It is only a tradition and people are emotionally attached to it. I hope the court will uphold the sentiments of the society,” Dave told The News Minute.
In jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull.
The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned Jallikattu.
Recently, South Indian actor Kamal Hassan too endorsed the sport saying that those eho oppose to the sport citing cruelty ought to ban biryani too.
He said that jallikattu must not be confused with the Spanish sport of bull fighting, in which the animal is wounded and killed. In jallikattu, the bull is revered like god.