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JALLIKATTU

THE TRADITIONAL adventure sport Jallikattu, conducted in villages near Madurai during Pongal has degenerated into an unequal fight between a frightened and tortured animal and fiercely unruly mobs with no rules and regulations to govern them.

The unfortunate bull, released into a `route', tries to run for its life while the groups of `adventurers' lining on either side subject it to untold suffering by raining blows on the helpless animal.

As it tries to escape from these `men of valour', spectators become the targets of attack of the `ferocious bull'.

When a bull gathers courage and starts staring, the `adventurers' run helter skelter resulting in a stampede.

There are instances of `heroes' who succeed in `taming the bull' becoming easy victims of the wrath of the owners and/or the friends and supporters of the owners of the bull.

There is neither adventure nor sportsmanship in this.

It is only chaos and confusion.

In other words, Jallikattu has become a crude show of cruelty to animal resulting in unnecessary loss of limbs and life.

If it cannot be conducted in an orderly manner, in an arena with barricades to protect the onlookers and without subjecting the animal to cruelty then the Government better ban it.

D.Samuel Lawrence,
12, Immanuel Street, Tilak Nagar,
New Natham Road, Thiruppalai,
Madurai-625 014.

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THOUGH ONCE considered a heroic sport, I feel Jallikattu should be banned given the increasing number of fatal injuries.

The recent car race held during Ramzan served as an eye opener to senior Muslim citizens and they have decided to ban it from next year.

As it is thousands of people are fighting diseases and struggling for life in hospitals, why add to such tragic incidents and lose young and energetic youths.

If the sport has to be played then precautionary steps need to be taken, like barbed fencing, releasing single animals at intervals so that crowd does not get mixed up with the contestants.

Bunks should be provided as a safeguard.

Intoxicating the animals or torturing them during the sport should be banned.

Barnes Dhanaswami,
1, South Street,
Singarayar Colony,
Madurai-2.

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JALLIKATTU IS a primitive sport that was encouraged by the village Lords and is specific to Tamilnadu.

The sport exposed the valour and dignity of the participants.

Brides and kingdom were offered to the winners.

The Jallikattu Bull (Kaalai) is majestic in appearance and still popular in villages during Pongal.

Several Tamil films feature this sport to portray a larger than life image of the heroes.

Allanganallur Jallikattu is a popular event taking place each year.

The Tamil Nadu Tourism Department even arranges sight seeing for interested foreigners who seem to be enjoying the sport.

However, the participants have to pay a high price if the balls go wrong.

Even the onlookers watch the sport at a risk to their lives.

Yet, Jallikattu is considered to be a matter of pride and prestige for the village youth just like Thai Pongal is to farmers.

Ms. Vijayaletchumi,
Plot No.236,
K.K.Nagar, Madurai-20.

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OF THE oldest bravery games in Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu is one. This is a bravery game but dangerous. It is very popular in Alanganallur near Madurai. Interested people participate coming from neighbouring districts while foreigners show keen interest in watching. In the 21st Century many olden days games of bravery and valour are getting lost while Jallikattu perhaps remains as the only heritage sport on display. But fighters and viewers run the risk of getting killed when the game is on. It should be ensured that Jallikattu administrative committee, the Police Department and medical teams take over the security, safety and emergency arrangements during the event.

T.Johnson,
14/48, 1st Cross Street,
Lilly Illam, New Pankajam Colony,
Kamarajar Salai,
Madurai-625009.

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JALLIKATTU IS considered a traditional symbol of Tamil courage. It finds mention in Sangam literature like Kalithogai, Mullaipattu, Silapathikaram and Modern literature. Alanganallur is very famous for Jallikattu at the National level. It is practised in many places in Madurai district and in some places of Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram districts and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

There is a section that wants this courageous traditional sports to be banned. Instead, some modifications can be made.

Like providing adequate medical facilities at the Jallikattu grounds, proper training imparted to the warriors and suitable cash proze announced by the State Government.

G.Natarajan
H 714 Ellis Nagar,
Madurai-10.

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ONE OF the oldest bravery village games, Jallikattu is followed even now with much enthusiasm during Pongal.

Alanganallur in Madurai is particularly famous when different varieties of Ox are brought from villages to the fighting arena and brave young men show off their valour, strength and talent taming them.

It is sad that while some win prizes, many get injured and even die as the game is played dangerously in unsafe conditions.

S.Karthick
B.Sc Maths II Year
S.N.College, Madurai-22.

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IN THE name of valour in Tamilian culture, Jallikattu prevails as a barbarian custom in and around Madurai.

Fighting ferocious bulls is an uncivilized practice. It is torturous for the animal and rings the death knell for many people. The State Government has taken a bold decision to ban animal sacrifice in temples. Similarly, Jallikattu should be banned.There are several ways of exhibiting bravery but definitely not in a manner which effects human casualty. Jallikattu is an irony, not pride of Tamil Culture.

V.Kumaresan,
`Tamil Nilam', 5, Elango Street,
Sundar Nagar, Thirunagar,
Madurai-625 006.

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THE TRADITIONAL game, Jallikattu, is an integral part of Pongal celebrations. But nobody seems to care about the dangerous elements attached to it. It is said that Jallikattu is full of strength and courage. But what about those innumerable people who get injured. Is it justified to show a man's courage and power on helpless animals? To ensure safety of animals the government should ban such activities.

M.Venkatesh,

MSS Wakf Board College,
K.K.Nagar, Madurai-20.

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JALLIKATTU IS stated to be a symbol of bravery, the physical strength and mental well being of Tamilians. But it should be banned to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

As a doctor, I have seen number of patients admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital each year with multiple injuries all over the body. They become dependent on others for life and it is depressing and frustrating for their family members.

V.Nedumaran,
PG, Department o Anaesthesia,
Madurai Medical College,
Madurai-20.

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