The Good Fight
Jallikattu, or ‘the taming of the bull’, was in the thick of controversy over reports of animal cruelty. PC VINOJ KUMAR went to see things for himself
IT IS the morning of January 17 and Alanganallur wears the look of a typical Tamil village during festival time, complete with makeshift sweet stalls, film music blaring out of loudspeakers, and vendors by the roadside, hawking plastic wares. Many have come here, some from hundreds of kilometres away, to see Jallikattu — the taming of the bull. A bull is let loose in a ring full of men who try and mount it. If someone manages to climb on to the charging beast and hang on till the finishing line, the bull has been “tamed”.