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Women Pivotal in Jallikattu Struggle

After nearly six decades, the Great #Jallikattu Revolution saw hundreds of thousands of Women pour out on the streets of all parts of Tamilnadu – Cities, Towns and Villages alike.

Women brought their families along. Mothers confidently brought their children; Wives brought their husbands; Girls brought their friends.They occupied the public places of #Tamilnadu and did not return till we achieved success.

Great women like Mrs. Gouhar Azeez, Mrs. Nandini Madam (Chennai) were our mentors, Mrs. Kavitha (Japan), Mrs. Kayal Vizhi Arunkumar and hundreds of other friends fought to #SaveJallikattu.

I salute these brave women were the real reason behind the success of the Jallikattu struggle.

Jallikattu Photo Exhibition


A Jallikattu Photo Exhibition was held at Kaumara Susheela International Residential School, Coimbatore on January 7, 2018. It was held as a part of the ‘Pongal Vizha’ celebrations at KSirs School. Photos taken by Mr. Balakumar Somu, Founder, ARHAM Trust, were displayed in the exhibition.

Mr. Kumaragurubara Swamigal of Kaumara Madam, Mr. Karthikeya Sivasenapathi of SKCRF, Kangeyam, Mrs. Vanitha Mohan of ‘Siruthuli’ and several others participated in the function. The students of KSirs along with their family, participated in the ‘Pongal Vizha’.

‘Jallikattu League’ in Tamil Nadu Hits Hurdle With Govt Yet to Give Approval

  • A source from the state government told CNN-News18 that the main reason for the holdup in giving permission for the Jallikattu event is that it is surprised that the event is in a league format.

Updated on: January 5, 2018, 6:13 PM IST
Poornima Murali , CNN-News18
Chennai: A ‘Jallikattu league’ in Tamil Nadu was all set to kick off here on January 7 but the event has hit a hurdle with the state government still not granting approval for the event.

A source from the state government told CNN-News18 that the main reason for the holdup is that it is surprised that the event is in a league format.

The government doesn’t want a traditional sport to be played in an IPL-like-format. Nor does it want to encourage the ranking of the bulls and players, the source added.

The source further said that the initial venue the organisers chose was not in compliance with the Supreme Court guidelines.

An organiser of the event, on condition of anonymity, said they are confident that an approval from the state government for the event will come in a day or two.

“We never called it a league. The media made the Jallikattu event a league-like format. The state government was also worried about corporates sponsoring the event. We had no intentions to commercialise the event. We wanted to clear the doubts of people who said the bull-taming sport is a form of animal cruelty,” he said.

The organisers have chosen another location at MARG Swarnaboomi on the East Coast Road. The location for the event initially was a place opposite the Madras Crocodile bank on the ECR.

From questions over adherence to a Supreme Court ruling over conduct of the game to stiff opposition to corporatisation of the traditional sport, the organisers are waging a multi-fronted battle to get the event going. They may now have to shift the venue to a far-flung location.

The initial idea was to have teams from Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai participate in the event.

In January 2018, massive protests broke out at Marina Beach where protesters urged both the state government and the Centre to repeal the ban on Jallikattu. Following unrelenting protest, the then chief minister O Panneerselvam issued an ordinance that amended the Prevention of cruelty to animals act. This was later introduced as a bill in the State Assembly and was unanimously passed. However, the case is still pending in the Supreme Court.

Reproduced from online edition on CNN News18 dated 5/1/2018

PETA moves Supreme Court challenging validity of Act that paved way for jallikattu

Published: 07th July 2017 01:38 AM

MADURAI: The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act 2017, that had led to the conduct of the bull-taming sport in TN this year.

The animal rights organisation, in its investigation report, stated that jallikattu is a blood sport wherein bulls are being subjected to various types of cruelty, and it should not be conducted in any manner, irrespective of any laws or regulations.

Condemning the PETA’s report, Kollywood director Ameer, an active supporter of the traditional sport, told Express, “All jallikattu events were conducted under the supervision of the respective district collectors and the SPs. Even various ministers took part as spectators in jallikattu and made sure that there was no cruelty against the bulls.”

The director said that he will implead himself as a caveator in the petition filed by PETA against jallikattu in the Supreme Court and will fight against it to safeguard the traditional sport.

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Now, a Tamil film on the Marina jallikattu protest

M Suganth| TNN | Jun 15, 2017, 01.00 AM IS

Chennai-based filmmaker Santhosh has made a film titled Jallikattu 5-23 January 2017, which he has shot during the actual Marina jallikattu protest. The team launched the film’s first look on June 4 in Wall Street, New York, to symbolically pay homage to the Occupy Wall Streetmovement.
“The Occupy Wall Street was the earliest leader-less movements that had a number of common people coming together to protest. I was in the US in 2011, when the protest was on, and had even shot some footage of it. On January 17, I had gone to Marina after hearing that a crowd had gathered there to protest against the jallikattu ban. When I reached Marina, at 4pm, there were around 2,000 people. One of the protesters had a poster that directly referenced Occupy Wall Street, and read Occupy Marina. As I had knowledge of what had happened during other people’s protests like the Black Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong and the Arab Spring in Cairo, I could sense that a similar movement was taking shape in our own India. So, I decided to shoot the protest. But, at that time, I did not even have my camera with me, so I sent my driver to bring my camera and started shooting on my phone,” begins Santhosh, who had previously assisted PC Sreeram and worked as an operative cameraman for Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.

Interestingly, he did not have a script when he started shooting, though he was mulling to work on a documentary involving a mass protest. “My wife Nirupama and I promote films at different film festivals. On January 10, a week before the Marina protest, I happened to see Clash, an Egyptian film that was based on the Arab Spring, and that sowed the seeds of an idea of making a similar film, a documentary, perhaps,” he reveals.

Santhosh says that he decided to follow random characters throughout the protest, as long as it lasted. And as the protesters swelled in number, so did his team. “I had 20 people handling the camera. I reached out to all my friends; it did not matter if they knew how to shoot, as the core idea was to capture everything that we could,” he says and adds that he decided to use this approach as a stylistic choice. He cites the Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa’s work as an inspiration. However, cameras were not readily available as many people, for their own reasons, wanted to shoot the protests. “We ended up shooting this film on all types of cameras,” he adds.

“But I’m sure that the audience, when they watch the film on the big screen, will have goosebumps and feel the excitement that was in the air during the days of the protests. And even those who were at the protest on all days or had been to Marina to be part of it for some time will find a totality of what actually happened there during all those days,” he promises.

He talks about a single scene that he had shot using a drone, which, he thinks could be the one scene with the highest number of people captured in a shot. “In this shot, the camera travels from the MGR memorial all the way to the lighthouse, and the number of people in this should be 12.5 lakh. The previous film that had such a huge number of people is apparently Gandhi, which had 3-lakh people taking part in the funeral scene of the Mahatma,” he informs.

 The film will also have footage of protests organised by Tamils in various parts of the world. “As the Marina protest was unfolding, Tamils in almost 50 countries were staging protests in their own countries, and we have included those footage in the film, too,” he says.
However, the film isn’t a documentary. “After shooting the protest, we worked on a story that will be about 20 characters who were in the protest. It is a mixture of fact and fiction, a pseudo-documentary. While the scenes unfolding on the beach during the protest happened for real, the characters’ backstories are fictional,” he explains.
Santhosh has brought on board Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap as an executive producer. “I’ve known him from when he was a writer on Mani Ratnam‘s Yuva. I used to run the video rental store, Cinema Paradiso, which he used to frequent. We’d discuss films then. He has been pushing me to make a film for some time. When I told him about this project, he told me it is a fantastic idea and urged me to do it. I’m sure he will help us take the film places,” hopes the director.
The film is currently in post-production stage, but its teaser will be unveiled coming Tuesday at the annual conference of the Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations (SAIMUN), in Nairobi, Kenya.
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