SuperStar Mahesh Babu rencently extended his support to Jalli Kattu protest going on in Tamil Nadu state.
#Jallikattu is the spirit of Tamil Nadu - bold and fearless.— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) January 19, 2017
Proud to see such a statement of unity among Tamilians for something that they truly believe in.— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) January 19, 2017
Especially admire the way the students of Tamil Nadu have been standing up for the cause, relentlessly fighting for their roots and culture.— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) January 19, 2017
Hope their voices are heard. I support the spirit of Tamil Nadu. #JusticeforJallikattu— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) January 19, 2017
Many of us rarely know entire history of Jalli Kattu and Its importance in our history.
Jalli Kattu can be seen in many states of India such as Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Orissa etc...
Jalli Kattu has been banned in Tamil Nadu on orders by Supreme Court.
This article gives the detailed description about Jalli Kattu.
What is Jallikattu? Jallikaatu could be referred to as bull taming event typically practiced in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day, third day of the four-day Pongal festival. The term 'jallikattu' is derived from the tamil words 'jalli' and 'kattu'. Jalli refers to gold or silver coins. Kattu means 'tied'. Therefore, combined together it refers to coins being tied to the bulls' horns, which is considered the prize for whoever tames the bull. The bull that wins is used to service numerous cows preserving the native breed. It is renowned as an ancient 'sport', believed to have been practised some 2500 years ago. It is controversial because the sport often results in major injuries and even death.
Why are Tamilians protesting the ban on Jallikattu? They consider it symbolic of Tamilian pride as it is an ancient tradition that has been carried on for years. Jallikattu witnesses thousands of participants, attempting to tame the bulls by latching to their horns or humps. Its innumerable references could be found in Dravidian Literature and the indigenous population of Tamilnadu has held this event for years. The Jallikattu protests are fuelled by the view that the ban impinges on the cultural identity of the populace.
Is there anything other than political considerations in this?
Organisers of Jallikattu and bullock-cart races argue that these are traditional practices closely associated with village life, especially in the southern districts. The bulls are specifically identified, trained and nourished for these sporting events, and their owners spend considerable sums on their upkeep. No tickets are sold for Jallikattu or bullock-cart races, and not much pain or suffering is caused to the animal. Thus, they argue, while these events may be regulated, they ought not to be completely prohibited.
Mahesh Babu born in Tamil Nadu, Studied in Tamil Nadu knows the importance and the value of Jalli Kattu and responded with a great cause in support of Jalli Kattu.