If you’re wondering if this particular write-up is far or against Jallikattu, I would like to clarify to you that there’s no clear answer. Being a person who strongly believes in neutrality thereby rubbishing any form of bigotry, I was indeed having a tough time to decide, which side of the imaginary line I was a part of. The intent among the protesters, farmers and the agriculturalists was pristine and firm. It was to safeguards the interests of the cattle owners and the farmers who make a living out of raising a bull, and also by using the same to challenge the valour and audacity of the bull tamers, as a part of the Ancient Thamizh culture. But that’s not it. There was yet another strong reason that was hidden behind the veils of the so-called “Age-old traditional sport”. This reason talks about the adulteration in the milk we drink. This kind of adulteration does not involve adding water, well at least that’s something we ourselves do at the time of crisis. Here it is about bringing in foreign-artificially-inseminated cow breeds which produce double the amount of milk than a native cow. The consequences are bigger and I am sure a lot of good articles would throw a better light on that.
Let me get down to the brass tacks.
The protests have been happening for the past four days. I am sure the people who have been watching it closely, either in reality or through social media, would have noticed a lot of discrepancies in the cause and the intent behind the outcry.
It all started with uniting as Thamizhargal but by dividing India.
“No media house gives us coverage. The “North Indian” media often forgets the existence of Indian states beyond the Vindhyas. The Prime Minister is busy touring the world while turning a blind eye to the demands of the Thamizhs.”
I am skeptical of the half-baked facts enlisted above. Even our much revered Subhramanya Bharathi wouldn’t buy such a crippled idea. Cultural identity may be important, but not at the cost of inculcating wrong ideas to the future generations.
People who joined/supported the protests are Real Thamizhs.
“If you are Thamizh, support Jallikattu. Did you just say you have alternate views? Screw you! [That followed by a good number of verbal abuses/threats].”
We as Indians are notorious for holding on to erroneous tenets. We never really accept that there could be yet another side to the story. It is more like saying, if you aren’t a Modi supporter, then you are probably an anti-national. But if you are one, then you may be a Bhakt.
Men protect women.
“We felt really safe and secure around the male protesters. They took great care of us. They are true Thamizhan – the ones that protect women”.
I hold an unshakable conviction that there is a slim line between protecting and respecting a woman. I have a greater respect for men who don’t display their manliness in wrong ways. For example, it is men who don’t involve in a tirade of abuse when a woman speaks up for herself and especially, if her beliefs hold no relevance to his. Though I would appreciate the peaceful nights spent by women protesters, as claimed by them, in the beach, I would still not attribute this one incident to believing that all the men respect women and this sets a fine example of how the society I hail from works.
Ban all the soft drinks because they are mostly headquartered in the US.
“Ban coke, Pepsi and other US-based soft drinks because PETA is headquartered in the US. We should bring their economy down and make their own government restrict PETA and their involvement in defaming other cultures. Let’s show who Thamizhs are. Our culture is more important to us than anything”
Where were these voices when there were umpteen number of WhatsApp messages that circulated the ill-effects of these soft drinks? I am definitely not a supporter of any soft-drinks. In fact, I never liked them in the first place. But it pains me to see people foaming at the mouth only when a maniac organization like PETA scoffs at their culture. It is always better to know the ropes before emerging into a dispute of any form.
Bottom-line: I am no fan of slaughtering or inflicting pain towards animals. Hailing from an ancestry that raised cattle that was treated much like a family; I truly understand the emotions of every cattle owner. But I am also aware of the fact that, cruelty towards animals is a part of our culture. From deer’s skin to cows’ to tigers, we have always welcomed the products made out of them. And as a country, we still have societies that enjoy the taste of beef. It’s not fair for us to claim that we are a harmless society as a whole. But through relevant experience and thorough research, I can vouch on the fact that the cattle owners in Thamizh Nadu treat their bulls with utmost love and care. Hence, Jallikattu, if monitored and organised sincerely, by taking the necessary precautionary methods, is definitely a welcome one. I am sure the days aren’t so far.
PS: If I can make one sincere request, please don’t berate all the animal activists. They are the ones who would come to an animal’s rescue when you witness any form of brutality towards it.