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A sigh of relief for AIADMK: Jayalalitha cleared of corruption

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The verdict of the Karnataka High Court has come out as a huge relief for AIADMK leader Jayalalitha and her party members as she has been acquitted from the disproportionate assets case.

Notably, after being convicted for Rs 66.65 crores disproportionate assets case, Jayalalitha was sentenced to four years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 100-crore by the trial court. This led to her dismissal from the post of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister. She was also barred from contesting the elections for 10 years.

However, today, the Karnataka High Court dissolved the verdict that was pronounced last year in September by the trial court.

As soon as the news of acquittal of former Tamil Nadu’s chief minister broke out, Amma’s followers started celebrations outside her residence. The party members were reported as calling this verdict as a fair decision since there was no incriminating evidence against Jayalalitha. The celebrations were not only restricted to Jayalalitha’s residence, but the joy unfurled to the entire state. People broke coconuts and distributed sweets as an auspicious gesture.

While the verdict brought along a joyous occasion for the party, it came as a surprise to other political parties. Subramanian Swamy, the BJP leader who had filed charges against Jayalalitha in 1996, told Times Now that the decision was surprising and he is going to examine the order.

BV Acharya, the Special Public Prosecutor in the case was clearly upset with the verdict and told a news channel that the prosecution was denied an opportunity to place its oral arguments before the court. He added that the case is now closed and he does not see any grounds for further appeal.

The decision of the Karnataka High Court has come out as a consonance for the AIADMK, and can be seen as a major encouragement for the party exactly one year ahead of the state’s Assembly elections. Jayalalitha is likely to re-claim her post as the Chief Minister as early as the 17th of this month, since her suspension has now been resolved.

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All You Need to Know About the Sport of Jallikattu

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

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banned bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu
Jallikattu sport of Tamil Nadu, Wikimedia

By Ruchika Verma

  • Jallikattu is a traditional Tamil sport
  • The sport involves bulls and humans, the latter trying to control the former
  • The sport was banned in 2014, which created a lots of controversy

Jallikattu or Sallikkattu, also known as ‘eru thazhuvuthal’ and ‘manju virattu’ traditionally, was in news last year, around this time due to the ban imposed on it by the Supreme Court. The ban was much hyped and gathered a plethora of media’s attention.

Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons
Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons

Jallikattu ban has also garnered lots of political attention due to the involvement of Tamil Nadu and Central governments. The issue is much hyed due to the political context involved in it too.

What exactly is Jallikattu ? 

Jallikattu is a traditional sport and spectacle in which bulls of the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds are released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to control the bulls while they try to escape.

Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr
Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr

Jallikattu is practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. The districts, Madurai, Thanjavur, and Salem are the most famous for conducting Jallikattu. The game dates back to Tamil classical period, which went back to 400 BC. Ancient Tamil Sangam literature described the practice as ‘Yeru thazhuvuthal’ which literally means “bull embracing.” With time the sport has become synonymous with valour and bravery.

Also Read : Tamil Nadu legalises Jallikattu with a New Law

What happens in Jallikattu and how?

The bulls participating in the game are all lined up behind a narrow gate and released one by one into the arena. The participants have to either control the bull by holding its hump or clutch away a flag attached to the horns. Owners of the bulls often announce prizes for the man who gets the hold of their bull.

The objective of the game is not to kill or overpower the bull, but to hold onto their hump for a certain amount of time or distance.

The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com
The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com

There are three variants to the game. First, when the  bulls are released from an enclosed area. Second, when the bull is directly released into open ground. And third, when bull is tied to a rope as the only restriction, and a team of 7-9 members has to untie the prize from the bull’s horns in 30 minutes of time period.

The gate through which bulls enter the arena are called vadi vasai. The bulls charge at the men standing most near to the gate. One of the rules also say that a participant is only allowed to hold bull’s hump and no other body part. The other rules varies from region to region.

Also Read : Animal rights organisations challenge new law on Jallikattu

Jallikattu Ban and Controversy

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

In 2014, The Supreme Court banned the sport, endorsing the activists’ concerns according to which, Jallikattu is not only cruelty towards the animal, but also poses a threat to humans. According to the data provided, between 2010 and 2014, 17 people were killed and approximately 1000 were injured during Jallikatu.

The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.
The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.

However, the ban invited a lots of protests. Many Tamil communities called this ban a violation of their culture and tradition.

In 2017, many lawyers plead to remove the ban which was rejected by the court. After requests and arguments of Tamil communities, central government reversed the ban, however, after Supreme Court stuck the order down, the ban was imposed again. However, the government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned the sport and brought it back into the practice.