Law to be amended to allow Jallikattu: AR Rahman, others to join protests

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jallikattuTo decrease the protests agaunst the Supreme Court’s ban on Jalikattu, the Tamil Nadu government on January 20 stated that it will issue an ordinance to ensure the conduct of Jallikattu events shortly.

A draft has been submitted to the central government for its perusal. After discussions with PM Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced that the government will alter a central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals so as to permit Jallikattu events.

The move is being taken with the Centre’s tacit support. Stating that it was only a matter of a day or two before Jallikattu events are allowed, he appealed that the protest against the bull-taming sport be withdrawn.

Oscar winning music director AR Rahman said he will fast for a day on January 20, along with members of the South Indian Artistes’ Association to extend support to people protesting against the Jallikattu ban. “I’m fasting tomorrow to support the spirit of Tamil Nadu,” Rahman tweeted.

Various artists of the Tamil film industry will take part in the fast. While Superstar Rajinikanth has already joined the protest, Kamal Haasan, Vijay are expected to joint the protest soon.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t good bad for the Indian culture. While this was so, on the central government’s plea, the Supreme Court agreed to postpone Jallikattu order by a week on January 20.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has said the Tamil Nadu government is empowered to enact a law to treat Jallikattu as a traditional sport.

Soon after Congress has protested the Jallikattu ban, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on January 20 spoke against the controversy by connecting it with the debate around the uniform civil code.

In a tweet, he said that rules cannot be imposed in a democratic country such as India where people do not have a single culture.