Jallikattu: In India, tradition has greater value than lives

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Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu claims two lives
Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu claims two lives

New Delhi : Jallikattu – a bull taming festival – finally received a green signal from both the Centre and Tamil Nadu government. Soon after the news was out, the people in several places of Tamil Nadu executed the event; after all they had won the battle to keep the tradition moving.

Even though everything seems in favour of the Tamilians, what remains sad is that tradition still rules above the value of human lives in India. On the very first day, two of the participants lost their lives while taking part in the event.

It was held at Pudukottai, Trichy and Erode districts while a bullock cart race was organised in Coimbatore, organisers said.

At Pudukottai, two bull valuters were severely injured and died on the way to a hospital, police said. (Also Read: Jallikattu - Meaning, history and its significance in India)

Remember, Supreme Court had banned the sport for one and only reason of guarding the human lives; but how did people responded to it? With a silent protest at Marina Beach till the time that decision got reversed.

Yes, I agree that Tamil Nadu did the best in holding the silent protest, but remaining silent over deaths is not acceptable at all. For some it may be a tradition, but for those whose family members have lost their lives there is nothing more to regret about it.

Think again! Did Tamil Nadu fight a right battle in last few days?