These days there is no deficit for news, isn’t it?
Now, for the past week and more the buzz has been about Jallikattu and banning of Peta and other related organizations who helped in banning Jallikattu. The whole of Tamil Nadu is uprising, with youngsters leading the front of all these silent protests. Chennai, especially Marina is seeing at least 50k people, made up mostly of youngsters protesting against Peta and other bodies who had a hand in banning Jallikattu. I’m very happy and surprised to see such a protest in Tamil Nadu. This protest has so far been peaceful and calm except for a few here and theres. A few noble channels are covering the ongoing events and most national media are ignoring this issue as they’d ignore the boogers from their nose, because a Khan was acquitted or a Pakodane was in a Xxx rated movie. Because we’re just Madrasis. Well, never mind about that.
Now getting straight to the point. Are we going in the right direction and is our method of protesting against Peta the right process? Are we asking the right questions?
I’m gonna say it is 90% right approach and 10% a misdirected approach. Mind you, I’m not saying that the approach is wrong but it is misguided. Let me tell you what I learnt in 2 days from a little googling, bear me when I talk about this 10%.
Note: I’m also gonna be asking questions all the way through this write-up, people who know the proper answer, let me know.
Basics: Jallikattu comes from Salli + Kattu.
Salli = gold and silver coins (sillarai)
Kattu = Tying it to the bull’s horns
Peta = People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
AWBI = Animal Welfare Board of India
CUPA = Compassion Unlimited Plus Action
HIS = Humane Society International
Jallikattu or Sallikattu is a sport that involves taming of a bulls that can be later used as the alpha for mating with females. These selected bulls are considered to be the virile and have better characteristics than other bulls. When these bulls are allowed to mate, they produce a strong offspring, be it male or female. They will produce offsprings when let to mate themselves, but them being a semi-domestic animal, especially farmer’s, they need to be tamed to find the best bull. If you’re gonna tell me to let go of domestication of animals, kindly look at your cats, dogs you own, and the Chicken and mutton you eat.
My question: All the bulls that win are chosen to mate. Is there a way of choosing Females, and what of bulls that don’t get selected?
Basics: 90,000 cows to 20,000 in two decades
About 130 cattle breeds were in India 100 years ago, now only 37 remain. My guess it that the other breeds that became extinct were due to similar reasons that is happening right now. But we need to know what exactly wiped out so many breeds in India. This can be used for preserving the current breeds.
Tamil Nadu has six Native cattle breeds; Alambadi, Kangayam, Pulikulam, Umbalachery, Barugur and Malai Maadu. Now Alambadi is extinct. There are other minor breeds which haven’t been documented and are also on the verge of extinction.
Alambadis are known for their Endurance. Alambadi cattle is a very hardy animal, and is very useful in ploughing and can withstand all climatic conditions. They were also known to give good amount of milk.
Kangayams are fed on grasses in the calcium rich soil are the sturdiest animals and can pull up to 2.5 times their body weight with ease. Their Milk has one of the highest nutritious value with no bad fat.
Umbalacherys have shorter legs which make it easy for them to walk around in the water filled fields of the delta region. Best suited for the Kaveri delta alluvium. This breed is suitable for ploughing, carting, threshing and levelling in marshy paddy fields because of its medium size
Bargur is a draught cattle breed found around Bargur hills of Erode district of Tamil Nadu. They’re mainly used in hilly terrain agriculture; this breed is also well known for its trotting ability.
Malai Maadus in Theni district are grazed in reserve forests and are adept at walking around in hilly terrain.
Pulikulam, are herded in several hundreds and walk all day grazing before being penned for the night. The breed is not meant for milk production and only a few animals are milked in a large herd for consumption by herdsman. The animals are also reared for manure purpose.
The count of cows has been steadily going down since the 1990s and there has not been a single change or reform since 1991 by any government regarding the downfall of native breeds.
What the ban has done/will do to us: This ban of Jallikattu will be one of the major factors of native Cow breeds going extinct.
This will lead to things like artificial Insemination of cows, introduction of non-native cows, induction of non-native milk products which will affect local farmers and herders. This will become an advantage for foreign associations to often interfere with traditional processes and cultural heritage.
This will lead to production of A1 milk. Our native breeds produce A2 milk which contains beta-casein which helps in reducing chances of multiple disorders like Alzheimer’s, Autism etc. A1 milk produced by foreign breeds will lead to many number of diseases like diabetes, heart diseases .
My questions: What made the Government think that native cows have less value?
Forget Jallikattu, Did anyone explain about the A1 and A2 type milk to the government?
Does the AWBi care only for animals, what about farmers? Isn’t this an human rights offence?
Even so, shouldn’t an alternate solution be offered instead of bringing in foreign cows?
What we’re doing in the protest: Right now at this moment, we’re protesting non-violently raising slogans against the ban of Jallikattu
We have gathered at multiple places in the state, with schools and colleges declared leave. the whole of Tamil nadu has erupted with youngsters leading the protests and not falling under a single leader. We’re acting upon our own thoughts and inhibitions.
The protest slogans are going like this “சின்னம்மா சின்னம்மா OPS எங்கம்மா?”
“செல்வத்துள் செல்வம் செவிச்செல்வம், எங்கம்மா பண்ணிசெல்வம்?”
“மோடி மோடி சென்னைக்கு வாடி”
We have gathered against a particular body called Peta and raising our voice against people who head that group. We’re currently trending top in facebook with the hastag #Jallikattu. We’re creating revolutionary memes that mock the ban and also send a hard message to people all around the world. This social media has made us join hands and go against people who oppress us.
My Questions: Why doesn’t the government take such a trending topic on the social network as a major issue? What are the laws and regulations regarding a mass uprising of people?
What are laws against a protest? When are the police allowed to charge and touch people? Who governs this?
The Things we’re doing right in the protest: Showing our strength and unity in a very calm manner towards the ban and using non-violent ways to show our support for lifting the ban.
Now, here is the 10% part where I wanted to talk about.
The Things we’re doing wrong in the protest.
We’re being too emotional. I’d like to state a few things that that I felt were only fuelled only by emotions and not by logical thinking or towards a proper solution.
Stop asking only for #BanPeta. Start asking for a Ban on Foreign Boards That interfere with Traditional proceedings. Let an Indian or a Thamizhan manage his own.
Use #AmendPCA as slogan instead of bringing in the stupid politicians whom we voted to power. Learn about PCA or THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ACT. Make people aware of what you’re fighting for and what you actually need from this protest. Simply getting together in a place is not going to get people look at you enough. Raise your voice for the right act.
Start asking for names of people who had the power to change and alter this ban but didn’t act upon it, instead of publicly defaming people who support the organizations. Ask for laws that can be Implemented upon this.
Stop thinking that you protesting outside your IT offices by boycotting work is going to affect foreign corporations. As ever, you’d be yet another employee that took leave. Your work only will be pending when you return to office. No company will tell its client that their work is pending because of Jallikattu protests. You’re just another employee for them.
Don’t spread rumours.
Don’t utter news that you don’t know is true. Don’t pass on information for fun.
There is no official news of Mariappan Thangavelu giving up his Gold medal. Don’t expect him to.
The jersey bulls that landed in Chennai was not for us. It was for Gujarat. These are the effects of banning native breeds.
Don’t share photos you don’t know are true are, or aren’t taken by you
Jadeja hasn’t tweeted about Jallikattu.
Don’t keep children with you in your protests, in this sun. Don’t let them toil for the mistakes we let happen. Instead teach them our values and our rich heritage. Try to avoid your pregnant wives and very old parents from standing in sensitive areas of the protest.
Please do not go to protest just to bunk college or office. It pains to see such kind of crowd.
If you want to protest against a foreign company, there is no use in “buying” their products and destroying it later. That’s the dumbest thing. If you’d like protest against the government or some board, try the Japanese way. They produced only left shoe. Try to be intelligent.
Try to help your local vendors who use sell goods from within the state. Try to support or adopt cows and farmers and make them aware of modern methods to increase field yields.
Do not insult or demean people who don’t take part in the movement.
Please do not ask for a separate Tamil nadu. Pure idiocy.
Do not give your aadhar card or ration card back. seriously? what are you thinking?
- Do not dole out abusive slogans. What’ll you do when a kids asks you to explain that?
My questions: What are the rules to follow during a non-violent protest?
What actions can be taken against government bodies who are being quiet when such an issue is going on?
What to ask for
Need changes in PCA, 1960
Section 11N, Remove jallikattu from Animal Fighting.
Section 11/3, Remove the ban on bulls.
Special rule No.27, add bulls under special section
- Ask for Middle ground for conducting Jallikattu and proper rules to prevent foreign firms to interfere.
My questions: What are the other clauses that should be changed in addition to the PCA and above stated sections?
Which body of the government should one approach to make this changes?
Now for the “This is a Culture destruction” part.
I’m sorry to say this, but this is not only a cultural problem. This problem is the least cultural problem we have. If you ask me “who”? I’m gonna tell that the reason is us.
We did not look at culture when we went to all those costly pizza and burger joints. We boycotted our own grains rich in nutrients for one that don’t.
We did not look at our culture when they introduced paste, instead of our neem sticks.
We did not bother when our native breeds of dogs were destroyed by another organization. We’re very much happy to buy posh breeds from other countries.
We’re happy to plan foreign plants instead of our own native trees which are best suited for our land.
We completely forgot our farmers when they were in need of water, no major voice was raised when we didn’t get water.
No one remembered to follow up the government after the flood. Adyar still stays koovam. And yes, we elected the same government again.
We’re happily accepting all kinds of new clothes. No one bothers to look at the kathar or hand loom products produced here.
We’re are the one who give bribe to get our work done. We’re okay to get things done illegally.
Culture lies in the adopting the Aesthetic value of the traditions that we followed for a long time. Try to adopt the same values and apply into the current situation. There is no use in following old traditions that impede human growth.
Don’t act upon the Nostalgia attack you’re having from the protest. Instead think about how you can tactically handle the issue to remove the jallikattu ban. Worst case, think up an alternative solution for this.
Do not let go of this spirit. Stand up and fight for your rights.
Fight for everything. Show the world that we will not be reduced to people who are okay with being manipulated.
Requesting any possible answer for My questions from anyone who knows its right.
Any valuable point will be added.