Actor Simbu, known for his outspoken nature, has voiced support for conducting the sport of Jallikattu.
In a statement, the young actor said, ” Jallikattu is the cultural symbol of our state and it is our pride too. We have been practising this art of valour for years, and it is utterly disgraceful when some groups and individuals manage to misguide and misinform the authorities of the governance and judiciary on this art that is considered as cultural symbol of our state.”
The actor wondered why importance had been accorded to the issue of abolishing Jallikattu when there were many issues that needed the intervention of the administrative and judicial systems on a priority basis.
“Jallikattu is not only a game that portrays the bravery of the Tamil people. It also protects our Indian cattle breeds too. But due to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court, Jallikattu has not been happening for the past two years,” he said.
“We abide by the regulations of this country as a citizen of this country, but never at the cost of our cultural identity. Imposing a law against the popular sentiments of a particular state can never be a binding factor. I trust and bank hopes on the wise men at the helm to intervene and sort out this issue once for all. I am voicing my opinion not just as STR an individual but also as a son of this soil which is rich in culture, heritage and valour. I am awaiting to see the raging bulls and the courageous men together in the arena promoting the sport of valour this Pongal itself. After all, this is our festival, our culture and our sport,” he said.