Tamil Nadu erupts in joy as Centre clears decks

Tamil Nadu erupts in joy as Centre clears decks

Tamil Nadu erupts in joy as Centre clears decks

With the Centre clearing the decks for Jallikattu (taming of bulls) in Tamil Nadu, preparations are on in full swing for the conduct of the traditional sport in the southern districts of the state.

As news spread about the Central government altering a 2011 Ministry of Environment note that had stopped sport performances involving bulls, people in Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniyapuram erupted in joy.

Many youths were seen burning crackers and distributing sweets.

Thousands of people, especially youths, had launched an indefinite hunger strike on Friday morning against the ban on Jallikattu. The atmosphere turned festive and the black flags that were hoisted in front of many houses during protests were brought down immediately.

Many villagers resumed training their bulls and some started decorating their animals for Jallikattu. Several hundreds of Jallikattu participants also started submitting applications forms to organisers.

“We are very happy and excited that this year we will be conducting Jallikattu. The Centre and the state should ensure that the event continues every year, without keeping us guessing,” Jallikattu Peravai (Association) member Ramanathan said.

Women, too, gathered in large numbers at Palamedu and performed special poojas in temples.