After Jallikattu, Karnataka wants Kambala to be legalised

Published: January 30, 2017 - 17:52 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 16:59

With the state set to go to polls next year, the Congress government cannot afford to alienate the masses by not opposing the ban on the traditional sport
Hardnews Bureau Delhi

After massive protests in Tamil Nadu sparked a fierce national debate on the traditional bull taming sport Jallikattu, the discourse now seems to be dragging Karnataka’s traditional buffalo race with it as well. The ruling Congress in Karnataka suffered a set back today as the state High Court declined to withdraw an interim stay on holding Kambala (buffalo race).

Following in the footsteps of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier asked the Centre to revoke the ban on Kambala.

The court said that it would wait for the Supreme Court verdict in this regard and adjourned further hearing of a government plea. As the issue came up for hearing, Chief Justice S.K. Mukherjee opted to adopt 'wait and watch' since a PIL against Tamil Nadu government's ordinance to allow 'Jallikattu' is set to be taken up for hearing before the Supreme Court tomorrow. The HC adjourned the case for further hearing by two weeks.

Seeking a withdrawal of the interim stay issued in November last year, the Public Prosecutor said that the state government has appointed a committee to study whether Kambala amounts to cruelty towards animals. The court was also told that the Cabinet has decided to come out with an ordinance to allow the game by taking all precautions. Following the High Court order, the state government has issued a notification putting a hold on the event. 

Karnataka is witnessing a similar uprising against the ban on Kambala as the one that erupted in Tamil Nadu. With the state set to go to polls next year, the Congress government cannot afford to offend the masses by not supporting the traditional sport. Last week, the party also held a protest demanding lifting of the ban.

(With inputs from UNI)