Ours is not to ask why, ours is to see and whine?

Although it is to mark the harvest season, Makara Sankranti sees homo sapiens realign their relationships with animals they have lived with happily the previous few months.

In Mysore and countless other places (top), farmers force their bullocks walk through fire. In Tamil Nadu, taming the bull (jallikattu) is a Pongal ritual that has gone up all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in places like Yadgir in northern Karnataka (below), devotees throw, as in throw, during a procession.

OK? Not OK?

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News

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7 Responses to “Ours is not to ask why, ours is to see and whine?”

  1. Jaya Says:

    Definitely no OK. Why torture the poor animals for no fault of theirs?
    It makes no sense to sacrifice animals to appease deities. They want to eat meat and so kill poor animals in the name of God!

  2. mysore peshva Says:

    Huh?! — how can “OK” even be an option?

    Such atrocities must be unfailingly prosecuted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.

    If a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable — animals, children, women — then ours is a barbaric land thanks to such mindless acts that reveal neither compassion nor decency. Shame on us.

    I would like to ask, what are the police doing?

  3. tsubba Says:

    Ours is not to ask why, ours is to see and whine.

    why, when was the last time the author who wrote this actually work with a bull or sheared a sheep? we all prolly have read a couple of books, a bunch of writings and force fitted our own understanding and existence into that theory and framed a politics out of it.

    for all we know prolly that instinct and that level of matter-of-factly separation is essential to work with those animals and produce whatever they produce so that book readers like us can sit in comfort and security and pontificate and the finer nuances of morality and righteousness.

    in anycase, brutality and insensitiveness meeted on co-citizens and reality by theory-walas is trumps by this celebration by the unwashed.

    in anycase really glad that theory-peddlers are facing this cognitive dissonance.

  4. RowdyRanga Says:

    Its time for we urbanites to throw some sense to village folks and teach them that this form of medieval pratice should be put to an end.

  5. T.Shetty Says:

    Not OK.
    There is no debate.

  6. Different Angle Says:

    When you don’t have any problems with cow slaughter or goat slaughter, why object to Jallikattu? Slaughtering and eating the innocent cow (any animal for that matter) is more heinous.

  7. Vishala Manassu Says:

    The first picture of running bulls over fire is to Kichchu Haayisuvudu and it is done to make sure that animal doesn’t suffer from some diseases caused from pests.
    If the high earning vet docs can setup health care at such backward places instead of sitting and washing and stitching chaddies to puppies in every nook and corner of cities and treat like Doctor Rajkumar in Kaamanabillu it may find a subsitute though I wonder if heat can ever see a replacement in medicine!!

    Second one is something like a mindless and uneducated game which needs strict policing and banning. I agree.

    Jalli kattu challenges masculinity.I say it’s sharpness . It’s as simple as it can get that a man who can have a eye sharper than bull’s eye can take it with preparation.
    Madurai has lot of rapists if i heard right and probably these things can be like education for them.
    If they can stop harming and provoking animal as they show on TV I think it’s one of finest games where a man can learn a lot from one of the strongest and everlasting friend of agriculturist.
    it seems to be more civilized than spaniards who are almost maneaters.

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