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TAMIL NADU Now, a full-fledged feature film on jallikattu protests

Survival of the ttest: It will be a simple aair in contrast to opulent lms, says director Santhosh. File picture   | Photo Credit: G. Karthikeyan

The first look of quasi-documentary to be unveiled in New York today

Call it a mere coincidence or destiny. Filmmaker Santhosh watched the Egyptian film, Clash, centred around the Arab Spring, the democratic uprising against Hosni Mubarak, just before the historic jallikattu protests erupted in Tamil Nadu.

“After seeing Clash, I was fascinated how they could do a movie set inside a big black van. This was in January just before the jallikattu protests began here. So, I took the camera, called my crew and went to the protest to shoot it. I was intrigued by what drove millions of people to protest against the ban,” said Mr. Santhosh, sitting in a coffee shop.

The first look of the film will be unveiled in Wall Street, New York City, on Sunday. “We will do it right by the Charging Bull to be symbolic. We also wanted to do it in New York City, because the Occupy Wall Street movement, which was also a leaderless, faceless protest albeit for a different cause, started here. The similarities between the two was also one of the reasons why I wanted to make this film,” he says. After spending seven days among the protesters and shooting over 200 hours of footage, he knew he had a film in his hands. “I just took my camera and went to shoot the protests because it was just fascinating to see millions congregating for a cause. Then, I thought why not make a film around what I had? Jallikattu (8-23) is a feature film, which has been made in a quasi-documentary fashion,” says Mr. Santhosh, who is also a movie consultant.

Working in tandem with his wife Nirupama Santhosh who is producing the film, Mr. Santhosh managed to get his actors and crew into the crowd and improvised. “I didn’t know what the characters were or their lines. We just improvised. After the protest concluded, and after soaking in the politics and the events around the protest, I wrote the back stories of the characters in the film. The film actually starts on January 8 and culminates in the protests,” he said. Mr. Santhosh claims that the film is the opposite of a big-budget film like Baahubali. “In a sense, we were lucky to be a part of history in which millions of people congregated voluntarily and we were able to shoot it,” he says.

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Jallikattu bulls get back their mojo

Palamedu_Jallikattu_EPS_(1)By S Deepak Karthik  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 27th May 2017 05:21 AM  |  Last Updated: 27th May 2017 05:21 AM

TIRUCHY: Jallikattu bulls are in great demand now than ever before. They used to cost Rs 50,000 per head last year, but nowadays come with a price tag anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.
However, the bull owners are not keen on selling them, even though it means letting go a huge amount. The reason being the status symbol that  Jallikattu bulls offer.

It is not only the victory in bull-taming events that have pushed the price up,  but also the campaigns that have of late been undertaken to conserve indigenous breeds of cattle, not to mention the sea of protests held earlier to conduct Jallikattu in defiance of the Supreme Court that has clamped a ban on the traditional bull-taming event across the State and elsewhere in the country.

Last year, the bulls were selling at Rs 50,000 per head, without the conduct of the traditional event. But post-Jallikattu, the prices have soared to Rs 5 to Rs 7 lakh per head.

A bull from Urumanathapuram in
Pudukkottai that died after a head-on
collision with another bull during a
Jallikkattu event at Thiruvarankulam
on Friday | Express

With Jallikattu becoming a frequent event across Tiruchy and Pudukkottai districts, most of the bull owners are unwilling to sell their bulls. That is just one reason. Status symbol, pride, and bulls being considered part of their family are all the right reasons to say ‘no’.

Ever since the Jallikattu was held in Karungulam near Manapparai on January 29, close to two dozen Jallikattu events were held across the district and in Pudukkottai and Ariyalur districts. Last year during the corresponding period, as Jallikattu was not held consecutively in 2015 and 2016, prices of the bulls lingered around Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000.

“We have a Sevalakkalai (bull’s name) in our village, which has won about 12 jallikattus in Tiruchy, Pudukkottai and Madurai districts. Even as buyers were willing to offer Rs 7 lakh for the country-bred bull, the owners said a big ‘no’. Sevalakkalai had won even in the famous arena in Alanganallur,”  M Mookan, a Jallikattu bull owner from Olaiyur near Tiruchy told Express.

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Namakkal village hosts jallikattu for first time

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Jallikattu.TNN | Updated: May 21, 2017, 06.09 AM IST
 NAMAKKAL: For the first time, the bull taming sport was held at Komarapalayam here on Saturday. The event was jointly organised by ‘Namma Kumarapalayam’ and the Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Peravai to pay tribute to the students and youths who participated in the pro-jallikattu protests across the state.
A total of 260 bulls from various parts of the state, including Madurai, Dindigul, Trichy, Salem, Pollachi, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Theni, and more than 300 tamers from Kumarapalayam and its surrounding villages participated in the event.
State minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise P Thangamani inaugurated the event. Social welfare and nutritious noon meal programme minister V Saroja, and Jallikattu Peravai president P Rajasekar, among others, spoke at the occasion.

The district administration had apparently initially refused to give permission to conduct the event at Kumarapalayam following which the organisers moved the Madras High Court and got a favourable order.
“Since the event was to be held for the first time at our place, we had moved the high court to include Komarapalayam in the gazette,” the organisers said.
A large number of students and the people who led the jallikattu protests witnessed the event.
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A Tamil Feature Film on Jallikattu Protests- Full Details are here

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IndiaGlitz [Saturday, June 17, 2017]

Chennai based filmmaker Santhosh has made feature film about the mass uprising of Tamil youngsters and students at Marina for Jallikattu in January this year. The film is currently in post production stage and the makers plan to bring it to the screens in two or three months.

This innovative experiment has been produced by Nirupama of Ahimsa Productions with Guru Saravanan , from Singapore Jayapal N from Washington joining as co-producers. Acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap is the Executive Producer of this project.

The technical crew of this film comprises of Cinematographer S Ka Boopathy,Music director Ramesh Vinayakam, Editor Kasi Vishwanathan, Audiographer Udhaykumar and several others.

Why a film on Jallikattu protest?

Santhosh explains what drove him to make a film on Marina uprising for Jallikattu.

“As film makers we felt there are several stories that need to be told around this and we decided to make a film on this uprising. During the time of the marina protest, we commenced filming the real crowd and started increasing the quantum of coverage with each day. There are several aspects of the society that can be seen through this movement. We did not have to go to a restaurant for food. We were constantly getting them. People were distributing food items. Suddenly an old lady came and started distributing Tea.In train journeys we will hesitate to eat the food items given by co-passengers but here no one had such hesitation. There was no pickpocket, chain snatching, sexual harassment or any other untoward incident.”

Reality and Fiction combined to make a film

Titled as ‘Jalllikattu, 5 – 23 Jan​uary​ 2017’ this Tamil feature film will have original footage of the historical protest at Marina as well as the fictionalised account of how some of the youngsters joined the protest.

“We have several hours of real footage from the marina site and also shot extensively with several pioneers of this moment. It’s with a sense of great pride that we say that we have made this into a tamil feature film for everyone to experience and cherish.” Santhosh informs.

Explaining further about the components of real footage and fiction in this film, the director explains,

“Everyone who took part in the protest will have a family, an office etc. I have shot these things as fiction. I have made the people who took part in the protest to act in these portions. I followed 20-30 protesters. Few of them refused to take part in the film due to various reasons. So while watching the film it will be a linear account of what lead them to take part in the protest. I have got footage of this protest from 50 countries. I have followed all important icons associated with this protest. Justice Markandeya Katju, Karthikeya Senathipathi, P.Rajasekhar of Jallikattu Peravai will be a part of this film.”

A grand visual marvel! 12 Lakh People in one shot

In Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’, the climax scene was shot with three lakh original people. That was the shot with largest number of people without any CG work. In the Marina protest there was 12 lakh people at one particular point of time. This has been captured by Santhosh in a drone shot and people will get to see this visual marvel on the big screen through this this film.

Teaser launch at the UN

The first look of the film was unveiled on June 4th 2017 in Wall Street, New York, the epicentre of the historical Occupy Wall Street Movement.

The teaser is going to be released at a much biWe are launching the teaser on Tuesday (June 20, 2017) at United Nations Head Quarters, Nairobi. Many International icons such as Malala Yousafzai, pioneers of Black Umbrella movement, Hongkong, participants of Arab Spring. are participating in the event. In that we have got a 20 minutes slot for us from India. They (UN) gives this much importance to us since they don’t see this as a film. They see this as a large peoples movement. They see this as process where the people’s unity has changed the law. They see this as the biggest gathering that has taken place in Asian region. We are releasing a 90 second teaser and also show some footage to them. ”

Note about the director

Born in Trichy and now residing in Chennai, Santhosh started his career as an assistant to cinematographer P C Sreeram. Later he moved to Hollywood to work as an operative cameraman assisting Academy award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zigmond. This is his maiden debut feature film.

IndiaGlitz wishes the Best for the team behind the film ‘Jallikattu’ and we hope this will be a memorable film for every Tamil person who supported the historical Jallikattu protest which ended as the victory for people’s unity for a good cause.

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Kerala Should Look To Beef Up Native Cattle Breeds Rather Than Cry Foul Over The Ban

Balakumar Somu- Jun 08, 2017, 4:55 pm

Kerala Should Look To Beef Up Native Cattle Breeds Rather Than Cry Foul Over The Ban

SNAPSHOT

Kerala, which has over 2,100 slaughter houses and is not just a top consumer but also a top producer of beef, is a state with one of the lowest cattle densities. It buys most of its cattle for slaughter from the neighbouring states. Is that why the state seems to be crying the loudest at the proposed ban?

Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move, it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country.
—- Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala, In A Letter To The Chief Ministers Of Other States

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a notification on 23 May 2017 defining a new set of rules and regulations for the livestock markets. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, as it has been named, has a wide set of rules and regulations for the management of animal markets in the country.

As soon as the ministry issued the notification, voices of protest rose from all corners of the country, with the loudest and strongest opposition coming from Kerala. Many were intrigued to see the state, which has one of the least cattle densities among the major states, rise so strongly in protest against the new rules. But it is no surprise because Kerala is one of the top producers of beef and carabeef (buffalo meat) as well as a top consumer.

The nation came in for a rude shock and was visibly disgusted when some youth congress members slaughtered a cow in public and circulated the video, which went viral on the social media. In a country where a majority of the population reveres the cow, this mindless, gruesome act did not help their cause; neither do the ‘beef-festivals’ being organised in protest.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017

The PCA (Regulation of Livestock Markets) 2017 defines rules and regulations in two broad sections:

a) It mandates the constitution of ‘Animal Market Committees’ for the management of all the markets in the district and a ‘District Animal Market Monitoring Committee’ for regulating the markets in each district. It lays down a broad set of guidelines for the facilities to be provided and on ways of treating animals in the market. It also defines a set of rules and regulations for the buyers and sellers of animals.

b) It defines a set of ‘prohibited practices that are cruel and harmful’, a set of rules defining how ‘not’ to treat animals.

Some of these rules and regulations have been the bone of contention, with the most controversial one being Section 22, which lists a set of ‘restrictions on the sale of cattle’. It requires the ‘seller’ to furnish a written declaration stating that the cattle has not been brought to market for sale for slaughter. The ‘buyer’ is expected to provide a written declaration stating that they will not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose. The minorities, Dalits and those who consume beef are up in arms, saying this rule effectively bans the supply of beef.

The rule that has disturbed Kerala the most is the one that prohibits the seller from selling “the cattle to a person outside the state without the permission as per the state cattle protection or preservation laws”. This is a rule that effectively applies the brakes to the exponential growth of Kerala’s beef production, as most of the cattle that are slaughtered in Kerala are brought in from the neighbouring states.

Today, Kerala is the state that slaughters the maximum number of cattle in India. Kerala’s recognised slaughter houses slaughtered over 11.7 lakh cattle in 2014-15!

Kerala is one of the top meat-consuming states as a majority of Keralites are non-vegetarians with chicken, duck, mutton and beef being the most consumed meat in the state. Beef is part and parcel of Kerala cuisine. Eating beef is not taboo there; in fact, most eateries in the state offer beef as part of the regular menu.

People across religions consume beef in Kerala making it part of the regular household cuisine.

Beef production, export and consumption

Kerala is not just a top consumer but also a top producer of beef. It is one of the top beef and carabeef (buffalo meat) producing states of India, reporting steep growth in the production of beef from cattle and buffaloes during the last decade. In fact, it has seen one of the highest growth in production among major Indian states. The state’s beef and carabeef production has more than tripled from 2009. In 2009-2010, Kerala slaughtered 498,510 cattle and 410,270 buffaloes. In total, Kerala slaughtered 908,780 cattle and buffaloes.

The number of slaughtered animals (cattle and buffalo) zoomed to 1,164,480 cattle and 9,10,660 buffaloes in 2014-15, totaling 2,075,140 animals. The number of cattle and buffalo slaughtered spiralled by almost three times in about five years! Kerala, which was the second top state in 2009-10 for the number of cattle slaughtered, behind Bihar, rose to the top position in 2014-15 with 1,164,480 cattle slaughtered, leaving Bihar a distant second at 510,730.

According to a report, of the 2,100 slaughter houses in Kerala, just over a hundred were authorised, and there were two mechanised slaughter houses.

The volume of beef and carabeef rose from 90,700 tonnes in 2009-10 to 249,020 tonnes in 2014-15.

According to India’s nineteenth Livestock Census, 2012, Kerala has one of the lowest cattle densities, with just about 2,716,687 cattle. It is one of the lowest cattle per household among major Indian states! The cattle population in Kerala was 33.96 lakh in 1996. It declined to 21.22 lakh in 2003 and further down to 17.20 lakh by 2007.

Number of animals per 1000 households

Number of animals per 1000 households

How does Kerala, with one of the lowest cattle populations among top Indian states, manage to stay at the top of the slaughter chart?

It is because Kerala buys cattle from neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This is the real reason why Kerala is up in arms against the ‘should not sell cattle for slaughter’ rule.

The new rules and regulations for animal markets forbid a seller from selling to a person from another state or to a person who might buy for the purpose of slaughter. These two rules strike at the very heart of Kerala’s burgeoning beef industry. While other states of India have a considerable cattle population of their own, Kerala has ended up literally wiping out its native cattle population post-independence because the state restricts breeding of cattle using stud bulls.

Kerala’s disdain for rearing native cattle

It would come as a surprise to many that farmers are prohibited from keeping uncastrated stud bulls in Kerala. The state passed a law, Kerala Livestock Improvement Act, 1961, which practically bans farmers from keeping uncastrated bulls. It was done to prevent farmers from rearing native Indian cattle because they wanted to increase milk production.

Kerala had several indigenous breeds, like Vechur, Kasargode dwarf, Wayanad spotted cattle breed, Vadakara dwarf and a few other minor dwarf breeds of the hilly areas. Most of Kerala’s breeds were dwarfs. Easy to handle, small-sized backyard animals producing about one to three litres of milk. They were low on maintenance, disease-resistant and producing more than enough milk for the household with some to spare for the local markets. The Vechur breed is considered as yielding the maximum amount of milk in the world based on body-mass-to-milk ratio.

The then Kerala government had entered into an agreement with the Swiss government and imported Swiss Brown cows, bulls and semen. They believed that if they cross-bred the local cows with the Swiss Browns, the hybrid progeny would produce more milk. But, because of the ban, almost all of the native cattle breeds became extinct. Service-minded people like Dr Susamma Ipe, who tried to save the local cattle breeds like ‘Vechur’, were harassed, with cases being filed on them and even being jailed by the Kerala government! This harassment continues to this day.

As a result of the law, today Kerala, which is one of the highest beef-consuming states, has one of the lowest cattle population densities in India.

The protest against the new rules and regulations has been spearheaded by none other than the state’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan. He wrote to the chief ministers of all other states, urging them to raise their voice against the centre’s notification as “the ban would affect the livelihood of millions of people, especially those in the farming sector”. Calling on all the chief ministers to “stand together and oppose the anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move”, he said that it was an attempt to usurp power from the state governments. He even went on to say that the restrictions against cattle trade by the central government “may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country”.

While one would welcome the honourable Chief Minister’s resolve to stand with the farming community and raise his voice to save their livelihood, one wonders why neither the Chief Minister nor any of his Members of Legislative Assembly or Members of Parliament, or local politicians, discuss the draconian Kerala Improvement of Cattle Law, 1961, which forbids farmers from rearing local bulls.

Should Kerala politicians first repeal this anti-farmer Kerala law? Should they not be taking steps to save the local native cattle breeds and improve the cattle density of the state?

When the Supreme Court banned jallikattu, rural sports of Kerala like Sethali (Chithali), Kaalapoottu, bullock cart races too met with the same fate. Farmers from Kerala, like people from the rest of the country, joined the protests against the jallikattu ban when the people of Tamil Nadu fought against it. The struggle was not just to save the cattle of Tamil Nadu but a fight against a ruling that affected the livelihood of farmers all over the country.

After the Tamil Nadu government passed a special law to save jallikattu, a few other states which cared for its farmers, cattle and tradition, like Karnataka and Maharashtra, followed suit. But Kerala didn’t. In fact, Kerala did not even bother to discuss the plight of their cattle and farmers so far.

It is high time that Kerala looked inward and started thinking about its farmers as against their obsession with beef. It is high time that Kerala initiated steps to save its farmers by allowing them to breed the highly profitable native cattle breeds by repealing the draconian Kerala Livestock Improvement Act, 1961, and passing a special law, along the lines of Tamil Nadu’s jallikattu law, to legalise rural traditions and sports like ‘Chithali’ (Sethali) and Kaalapoottu. This will go a long way in rejuvenating the native cattle population of Kerala.

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