In an important development, Jallikattu has been given approval by Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. The approval for Jallikattu comes through an ordinance that amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, enabling the conduct of Jallikattu. On Friday, the Union Government had approved the State’s draft ordinance on making the amendments.
“The Governor’s nod was obtained today for the ordinance to amend Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, which has the approval of President Pranab Mukherjee,” Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam said. “The ordinance was promulgated by the Tamil Nadu government and Jallikattu is to be conducted with the customary fervor all over the state with all necessary safeguards,” the chief minister said.
The green signal for Jallikattu is a big victory for the people of Tamil Nadu, as they had come out in huge numbers to protest against its ban. Prominent people including Rajnikant, A R Rehman, and Viswanathan Anand had come out in support of Jallikattu. All of these people said that Jallikattu is an integral part of their culture, and as such they have every right to celebrate it.
After the approval was given for Jallikattu, Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam announced his plans to go to Madurai, where he will flag off Jallikattu at Alanganallur at 10am on Sunday. Jallikattu will also be held in various other districts where local ministers will inaugurate the event. CM Panneerselvam has thanked PM Modi for his support on Jallikattu. In his letter to Modi, he has mentioned that Jallikattu will go a long way in upholding the culture and tradition of the State of Tamil Nadu.