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Catch-the-rooster, moped races enliven Pongal

For the first time in several years, Tamil Nadu was robbed of Pongal spirit by the Supreme Court ban on bull taming sport of Jallikattu. Many complained but some thought out interesting alternatives to keep the Pongal spirit high.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2015 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent
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For the first time in several years, Tamil Nadu was robbed of Pongal spirit by the Supreme Court ban on bull taming sport of Jallikattu. Many complained but some thought out interesting alternatives to keep the Pongal spirit high.

The ban ad the old timers in villages sad and shocked. But it also drew out-of-the-box solutions from enthusiasts to keep the Pongal spirit and competitive spark alive in the harvest festivities.

While in Karur, some 400 km south of Chennai, youth displayed their racing skills on modified mopeds, some people from neighbouring Namakkal and Tiruchirapalli districts participated in moped races.

Few youth also displayed heroics by their stunts on the slender machines that roared across Karur in a seven km race.

In nearby Namakkal, there was an interesting sporting competition held for village women. Blindfolded, each participant had to catch roosters, which had a slender rope tied to their legs. The other end of the rope was tied to the leg of the participant.

“We can display our talent in this game which is also very exciting but tiring,” said Radha, a participant told a private television channel.

Meanwhile, in Pilibhit, Union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi has said that Jallikattu is a western concept that leads to killings of humans and animals.

“Jallikattu tradition is western culture.The Supreme Court’s decision to ban it is a welcome step,” said Maneka, who is on a two-day tour to her parliamentary constituency.