Devastation – Unexpected

The students and youth of the Tamil Nadu state of India, staged a week-long protest to lift the ban on Jallikattu and for the amendment of PCA Act, in a peaceful and a democratic way.

One fine morning on monday, the protestors were attacked (women/pregnant women and children were among the protestors).  We had a difficult time commuting as the roads were blocked by protestors (or antisocial elements? as the students protested in a smooth manner) and many vehicles were burnt.  It was a total devastation for the whole state of Tamil Nadu as many including women were beaten and the injured are in hospitals.

These events are strange and new to Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, as it is the most civilized and educated in the entire country.  The southern states, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and especially Tamil Nadu, are the ones where democracy is happening practically than the others, and people live in peace here.

This is the first event in history such a protest took place in such magnitude in Marina Beach, in a non-violent and calm way. However, the behavior of some antisocial entities induced a devastation to this level, the one which I have ever encountered in Chennai at least.


Jallikattu – Bull Taming


Protests all over the world to lift ban on Jallikattu continue for the fourth day.

Protestors are overworked fighting for Jallikattu to resume.

Jallikattu is a traditional sport, of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states of India, in which a bull is released into a crowd of people. Multiple human participants attempt to grab and tightly hug the large hump of the bull and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hug the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags affixed to the bull’s horns.

Jallikattu has been known to be practiced during the Tamil classical period (400-100 BC). It was common among the ancient people, Aayars, who lived in the Mullai geographical division of the ancient Tamil country. Later, it became a platform for display of bravery and prize money was introduced for encouraging the participants. A seal from the Indus Valley Civilization depicting the practice is preserved in the National Museum, New Delhi. A cave painting in white kaolin discovered near Madurai depicting a lone man trying to control a bull is estimated to be about 2,500 years old.

Bos indicus bulls are bred specifically by people of the village for the event. Bulls that are able to participate successfully in the Jallikattu event are used as studs for breeding.

Other events during the Pongal festival (the harvest festival) in Tamil Nadu are Rekla Race, Cock Fight, et al.

Long live the culture of the Dravidians!