The past week has been filled with protests in support of #Jallikattu. Jallikattu is a bull taming sport held in Tamil Nadu, just like Kaala ottam in Kerala or bullock cart race in Maharashtra. The protest was against PETA which endorsed a ban on the sport due to animal cruelty. The ban was upheld by the Supreme Court of India. But, this did not go down well with the locals who launched an impulsive, unplanned protest. Soon, it became a movement which was led by no one. Thousands thronged the Marina beach in Tamil Nadu to protest.
Finally, the government gave in and brought about an ordinance to lift the ban so that the sport can be held. One would think, that was a great success. But, the people are now still protesting to get a permanent revoke of the ban from the Supreme Court. It sounds good for democracy. People are still heard.
Personally, I felt the ban was a bit hasty without considering all aspects of the issue. I support the sport and I feel there should be stringent guidelines in place to not harm the bull or the people playing the sport. We cannot say everything is tradition and then go on doing something which no longer serves a purpose. For instance, child marriages and sati are banned and upheld by law. It makes sense that we change with the times and embrace the new without letting go of our basic cultures.
Though I was happy with the ordinance to revoke the ban, I also felt a bit uneasy. Is the government bowing down just because a lot of people protested? Why enact a law so hastily and then revoke it because people are protesting? If people had not protested, would the law have continued? Shouldn’t they re-analyse laws to check if it is still a good fit?
Can people tomorrow protest in large numbers against child marriages as an example? Will the Supreme court then revoke the law? It is all a bit confusing and now I am not sure if all the laws are for the benefit of the people.
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