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Chennai: While the nation stands divided on whether or not Jalikattu should be banned, leading voices from Chennai weigh in.Moderated by Consulting Editor, Rajdeep Sardesai, the last session of India Today Conclave South, served as a befitting finale to what was an insightful two-day-long event in entirety.
Titled Women in Public Life: Battling Bias, the esteemed panel of the session commented on various topics including the conversation around Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport celebrated in Pongal, that is currently a hot topic of discussion in the country, owing to Supreme Court intervention in its relevance.
“It’s not about tradition alone, its part of wrong misconceptions of people of the north. It’s not bull fighting its bull embracing. Theconception the north has is absolutely wrong it has to go.The farmers are absolutely pro jallikattu and we should listen to them also.”
“As someone seen it performed in a village, it is festive. But also male dominated. I will take the side of women, stay away and see in this fight who will win. I believe in animal rights and human rights violations too. I don’t want either to be hurt.”
“As a person connected so strongly to culture, I believe in traditions. But I’m a very strong animal rights [advocate]. I feel there is an element of cruelty to it which I personally don’t like to watch. I wonder if we have taken the opinion of the other party involved – the animals.”
Dhanya Rajendra (editor in chief News Minute):
“I’ve watched four jallikuttu. First three were very shocking. I see the conversation now is very divided. The fourth was with restrictions where one person was allowed inside. It was a very sober affair. Maybe that should be the path forward.”
“There should be certain rules and regulations. It’s our tradition. Breeding of cattle is done predominantly by people in the villages. Frame rules, but don’t ban a sport that’s been there for hundreds of years.”