Tamils in the UK welcome the move to lift ban on Jallikattu….reports Rahul Laud
The Indian Tamil community in Milton Keynes rallied together to offer support to lift the ban on Jallikattu, a sport nearly 2500 years old and still practiced in Tamil Nadu. The ban was lifted on Monday 23 January owing to the attention it received in India and the world.
Jallikattu is being played in Tamil Nadu for centuries to prove the strength of a man, in which he is expected to control a bull either by holding its hunch for a stipulated distance or by removing the things (gold) tied to its horns. It is also a cultural identity of the Tamils and been referenced in literature nearly 2500 years back.
To support this ancient spectacle, the gathering outside Milton Keynes Railway Station braved the cold weather dipping below zero and demonstrated peacefully to draw the attention of the law makers in India.
Muthukumar Radha who is a resident of Milton Keynes, hailing from a family who rear the bulls back in Tamil Nadu, shared valuable information of how the bulls are taken care and trained for the sport. Ragupathy Raja and Saravana Kumar – residents of MK with origins in Tamil Nadu, also addressed the crowd on the sport from their region.
The support provided by the MK Tamil community was also registered on social media, which drew a lot of attention in Tamil Nadu.