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Things you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s bull taming sport Jallikattu

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A bull being tamed in Jallikattu held in Palamedu, Tamil Nadu. (Picture Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of India banned the Jallikattu sport following a decade old battle by animal activists and organisations like Federation of India Animal Protection Agencies (FIAPO) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The Government of India then passed an order reversing the ban. However, the Supreme Court upheld the ban on January 14, 2016. While there were protests in 2016 as well, the protests have grown to magnanimous proportions this year.

The Jallikattu ordinance draft prepared by Tamil Nadu has already got a nod from the Central Government. The ordinance calls for an exception of bulls in the Prevention of Cruelty to animals act. The Central Government before this had also requested the apex court to delay its judgment on Jallikattu citing huge unrest? in Tamil Nadu.

Whether Jallikattu will take place or not this year only time will tell but it has certainly brought many common and high profile people together for the peaceful protest. Here’s all you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s bull taming sport Jallikattu!

What is Jallikattu?

? Jallikattu is a sport which takes place on Mattu Pongal – the third day of the four-day long harvest festival Pongal.

? The word ‘mattu’ means bull in Tamil, and the third day of the harvest festival is dedicated to cattle which plays a crucial role in farming. Bulls are given more importance than cows as they are used by farmers on the farmlands to plough the field, pull the goods cart and inseminate cows resulting in an offspring, in production of milk and preserving species.

? The tradition is believed to be 2,500 years old and is believed to have first taken place between 400 to 100 BC.

? During Jallikattu, temple bulls from different villages are readied for the sport and brought in together at a common place.

All these bulls are then let go one by one into a ground wherein participants have to tame it by getting a hold of the bull’s hump and bring it to a stop by riding it for as long as possible.

? The one which could not be tamed are considered stronger and are used for breeding cows. The one that could be tamed are tagged as weaker and are just used got domestic purposes by farmers.

? Jallikattu is a tradition which gives a chance to the farmers to display their strong bulls, their affection towards the cattle and is a chance for them to find out the most potent bull to breed with their cows.

Who are supporting it?

The peaceful protest has got support from many Tamilians and several celebrities. In fact, a massive protest was organised at Marina Beach recently wherein several youngsters took part. Celebrities who have come in support of the protest and Jallikattu include musical genius A R Rehman, chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, cricketer R Ashwin, actors Mahesh Babu, Vijay, Suriya, among many others.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
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As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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