Jallikattu is a traditional sport that symbolizes the spirit of ‘kshatriyata’ or manliness. Jallikattu involves the traditional bull-taming ritual in Tamil Nadu and for centuries has always been part of the auspicious Pongal festival, similar to Sankaranthi and Lohri festival of other parts of India. This was so till NGOs both Indian and foreign ones put pressure on the Supreme Court to have this banned. The Indian central government has now voided the ban. Jallikattu is unlike the Spanish bull fights where the bull is caused great harm. In Tamil Nadu and South India the bull is highly revered, so the festival is about taming it but not to torture it and cause it harm, and in any case there are required safeguards.
Source: Chennai Online
- 11 Jan 2016