The ban on Jallikattu has caused an uproar in the state of Tamil Nadu. The ban that first imposed in May 2014. It was later reversed by the Government of India in 2016. But by the same month, the Supreme Court of India upheld its ban after the protest by PETA and Animal activists. This eventually led to a protest in the state with many college students, villagers and the whole of film industry coming together.

Earlier this week, there was a huge protest in Alanganallur, where people from across the state participated. Thousands gathered here without notifying the public, by using the social media for communication.

Students of St. Joseph College, SRR, Sathyabama in OMR Road during the protest. Credits: Twitter

This protest reached the doors of several colleges. Earlier on Wednesday, thousands of protestors assembled in the Marina Beach. Chennai. The colleges in one of the prominent roads of Chennai, OMR saw several students wear a black outfit marking the unhappiness and anger over this ban. The road famous for colleges, IT hubs and important offices, was completely blocked during the mid-day on 18 January 2017.

The students are in fact, clear in their protest and seek the uplift of ban on this traditional game of Tamilnadu, which is also a part of the festival. One of the protestors, outside a college said, “The game marks the valour of the man and the bull. The bulls are grown and well cared, so as to participate in this event. The bulls that are able to participate are considered to be fit for breeding. Unlike the artificial insemination of cows to produce milk, this bull breeding gives natural and healthy way to increase the offspring. Thereby, the higher quality milk production and cattle breeding increases in a healthier way.”

Human chain in OMR Road. Credits: Twitter

This protest, in a silent way, where stones are not pelted, glasses are not broken has created ripples across the country. Although the mass crowd shows the strength and unity of the state, especially among the college students, some find this protest a vain. On speaking to a student, he said,” I am against this ban for sure. I do support Jallikattu. It should not have been banned on the first place. But, this strike, may prove to be of no use. The Supreme Court does not take the emotional protests into consideration”. Another student added, “If again a legal petition is filed, and the case comes for hearing, then the proofs and arguments may uplift this ban”.

By the end of the day, the whole nation, witnesses how unity plays an important part in a ‘peaceful protest’. Also, the nation sees what the student community, villagers and city-dwellers can do by coming together as one.

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