The magnificent google generation of Tamil Nadu has made history! Student movement 2017 for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu is the first massive non-violence protest post-independence. Students erupted into sporadic groups for protests night and day, around the state, to reassert the Tamil identity for the court-imposed ban on Jallikattu, a native sport integral to Tamil culture.
Marina Beach, Chennai witnessed around 20 lakh individuals and volunteer groups on peaceful “Occupy Marina” protest with lakhs thronging various cities of the state like Salem, Erode, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Nagercoil, Trichy, Puducherry, etc. This student revolution witnessed a virtual shutdown in the state as most organizations downed their shutters expressing solidarity for the cause.
The whole world stands in awe of the leaderless apolitical youth group that coordinated their movement through social media. Support for the protest also came from Tamils across the world. With no sign of protests relenting the Tamil Nadu Assembly has now unanimously passed the bill adopted by the House (on 21st January) to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA), 1960 and make Jallikattu a permanent sport in the state.
This student protest has given thrust to similar student protests not only in Tamil Nadu but also in the neighbouring States. Karnataka students protest for banning their traditional buffalo race called ‘Kambala’ and Andhra Pradesh support for banning ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA). Also, Traders and Colleges in Tamil Nadu have called for a ban on aerated drinks as their water consumption is affecting local farmers.
Huetrap salutes the BRAVE generation who have made the name “Tamizhan” fly high in pride. This history sure deserves a tribute. And as a token of our gratitude and respect to the generation that blew the lid off, Huetrap brings forward Jallikattu Tshirts both in black and white.
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