It is a day where whole Tamilians are ashamed to say that they are Indians. It is a day where we fight to retrieve our only leftover hopes. It is a day where the whole nation needs to know what it is. If something has just inspired an other state boy (me) to write about a tradition that he doesn’t belong to, that would show the greatness of it. And, that would be JALLIKATTU for you.
JALLIKATTU, probably the only hot news that revolves around the social media in recent days, was never only a Tamil tradition. It was an Indian tradition and now, Indians have raised their heads against their own tradition? Well, millennia ago, there were only bulls, (which were replaced by tractors later) that stood as the only source of food ( Annapoorna, as we worship) cultivation. After the farmers have cultivated the crops and during the time of harvest, they let the bulls (healthy due to daily work) and cows to breed, outer from the village (Even to prevent the crops from being destroyed). When the farmers are in need of the bulls again, go back to the bulls which are in deed enjoying their liberty that they doesn’t want to lose again. Now, they have a hard task to bring back their ungovernable bulls. To encourage the people, they tie a bag containing coins (salli) and tie (kattu) them to the bull’s hump and there evolved JALLIKATTU.
But, leaving the history behind, JALLIKATTU is the only thing that can stand as a pillar for our present and future. How? Here you go. India has many native cow breeds, which are now being replaced by Jersey (A cross breed imported to India). The only reason for the replacement is that, Jersey produces higher rate of milk each day when compared to our native breed. This attracted the nation to opt for this breed, leaving the bitter truth that they need water consumption in a higher level (Where water has already resulted in disputes against states), than the native. Every one saw the higher production of milk each day but, the truth that the native cows can produce more milk during their life time compared to Jersey never came out. Despite all these, Jersey’s milk have impacts on human health, rather the native cow’s milk has the power to cure.
What would be the link between the native cows and JALLIKATTU? Native cows needs healthy bulls to breed. The only hope that can probably keep the bulls heathy is JALLIKATTU. If JALLIKATTU is banned, there won’t be any further more training of these bulls, which may even lead to the extinction of the (our native) breed. That would be it, the whole milk production would be under MNCs that produce milk using Jersey. The whole nation would be under it and, would be DOOMED with higher price hikes.
PETA unconcerned about all this, stated that bulls are humiliated and harmed during the act of JALLIKATTU, filing for a ban. Harming a bull that they raised as a part of their family? Nay, in fact the bulls are trained especially in a way that they can withstand this act. Never matter, if PETA is really concerned about the animals, why aren’t those products which are made of animals still in use? why are people still using boots made of animal’s skin? If they are even concerned about humans, why is alcohol and cigarettes still in production? Why are they so keen on JALLIKATTU? Many of these questions have to be answered.
JALLIKATTU is a tradition, but, more importantly it is the only hope that can save our native breeds ( The remaining of the many, which are already extinct). JALLIKATTU is seen as an entertainment, rather no one knows the bitter truth behind it. A single article may not change anything but, at least it can help a bunch of people know what JALLIKATTU is. There would have been posts with hash tags saying “TnNeedsJallikattu”, but, reckon me the whole country is in need of it.
#IndiaNeedsJallikattu. Read and help it reach as far as it can.