With the Supreme Court staying the Centre’s notification on jallikattu, spiritual leader and guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Friday came out in support of the sport while advocating the proscription of slaughterhouses in the country.
In a Youtube video released on Friday, the Art of Living founder urged that the time-honoured tradition of jallikattu in Tamilnadu, which has been around for a millennium, should be allowed to continue while slaughterhouses should be banned in the country.
Sri Sri makes the argument that if jallikattu is banned on account of cruelty to animals, then by the same token, Mysore Dasara and Thrissur Pooram, which are so popular, might also have to be banned for causing harm to elephants.
The video begins with the guru saying that India is a land of diverse cultures and sports with jallikattu and bullock-cart race being two prominent sports of Tamilnadu.
Here is the video.