UNION minister Venkaiah Naidu has no objection to the most horrible, cruel practice - Jallikattu. "I have no personal objection he has said. He has added: "It is a traditional custom". The Centre had not been supportive of the request by the late Jayalalithaa that the "traditional practice" Jallikattu be allowed.
Jallikattu is under a strict ban now. It is a horrible sport. What is Jallikattu? A bull is chased all around an enclosed space by people. They are trying to mount it - all the time beating it. The poor bull runs all around and finally tired and injured collapses. The effort of the cruel sportsmen chasing it around is to mount it. And this horrible sport is a traditional custom.
Now a letter has gone from the Tamil Nadu government to prime minister Modi asking for the removal of the ban.
The courts which were approached have strongly expressed themselves against Jallikattu. Minister Venkaiah has drawn attention to this. The big question is whether Jallikattu is justified just because it is an "ancient custom". What may happen is that the issue may be politicised. The government of India will want TN backing in the Rajya Sabha. And the state government wants the support of the people in the state who seem to be in favour of the sport which involves the brutal torture of the helpless bull. It would be totally uncivilised to lift the ban on Jallikattu.