Jallikattu effect: Now, Karnataka wants to hold buffalo-racing sport Kambala

Kambala was barred by the Karnataka High Court on November 22 last year on a plea by animal rights group PETA.

Jallikattu effect: Now, Karnataka wants to hold buffalo-racing sport Kambala

The success of the Jallikattu agitation has prompted various groups in the coastal Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada to seek restoration of traditional buffalo-racing sport Kambala. Kambala was barred by the Karnataka High Court on November 22 last year on a plea by animal rights group PETA.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said the state government was in favour of kambala, and sought the Centre's support, just as it has supported jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.


Both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Karnataka also joined the chorus to call off the ban. Petitions by several kambala organisers, asking for the high court stay to be vacated, will be heard on January 30.

To press for allowance of kambala, hundreds of people, along with about 250 pairs of buffaloes, will protest at the Swaraj Maidan, Moodbidri on January 28,
The Times of India
reported.

The BJP, which has a strong presence in coastal Karnataka, is supporting the demand, and several top party leaders here have sought the state government’s intervention in the matter.

The races have been typically conducted between November and March in the paddy fields of Dakshina Kannada. According to various organisations that have come under a joint Kambala Committee, the traditional race has been run for more than 700 years and their preparations involved rearing special high-breed buffaloes.

On Sunday, state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa tweeted, “I call upon @CMofKarnataka to take steps to start #Kambala. BJP supports Kambala”.

“Hope Karnataka High Court will lift unwarranted stay on Kambala immediately. #KambalaBeku as it is a part of Our Culture followed from ages,” BJP MLA and party spokesperson C T Ravi tweeted.