1. ‘Are Rajinikanth, AR Rahman jobless?’ Twitterati react as Ramchandra Guha calls Jallikattu protesters product of unemployment

‘Are Rajinikanth, AR Rahman jobless?’ Twitterati react as Ramchandra Guha calls Jallikattu protesters product of unemployment

Historian Ramachandra Guha today faced the ire of Jallikattu supporters after he termed the ongoing protests for lifting the ban on the sport partly a product of jobless growth.

By: | Updated: January 20, 2017 4:30 PM
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Historian Ramachandra Guha today faced the ire of Jallikattu supporters after he termed the ongoing protests for lifting the ban on 2000-year-old sport partly a product of jobless growth. Guha also compared the ongoing protests with agitations for reservations by Marathas in Maharashtra, Jats in Haryana and Patidars in Gujarat. Guha took to the Twitter to share his view on the controversial sport. “Like the Maratha, Jat and Patidar agitations, the Jallikattu protest is partly a product of jobless growth.”

Drawing comparisons with the reservation protests, Guha said in a series of tweets, “Another thing common to the Maratha, Jat, Patidar, Jallikatu protests is that they are overwhelmingly male.This observation is based on what I have seen in Thanjavur, Salem and other places in my travels in Tamil Nadu this week.”

Guha’s view on the ongoing protests needs to be debated as jobless growth is a matter of concern for the entire country. However, Jallikattu supporters don’t seem to agree with the eminent historian’s claim. One of the users asked if Guha was suggesting that celebrities like Rajinikanth and AR Rahman are jobless as they have supported the protests. People from all walks of life including celebrities have extended their support to the ongoing protests.

Here are how some of the Jallikattu supporters reacted to Guha’s comment:

The Supreme Court had stayed an ordinance that made Jallikattu legal with some restrictions on January. The government was expexting the apex court would give it judgment before Pongal (January 14). Howvever, it didn’t happen, leading to protests across Tamil Nadu as well as Delhi.

The Union government today said it is making efforts to bring out a “legal solution” at the earliest. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Narendra Modi government respects the culture of Tamil Nadu and is mindful of the sentiments expressed by the people in the state through a peaceful protest. “Efforts are on to bring out a legal solution at the earliest … I along with Environment Minister Anil Dave and Attorney General (Mukul Rohatgi) have discussed the issue. We have also talked to BJP President Amit Shah,” he told reporters.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Robert Mathew
    Jan 20, 2017 at 11:34 am
    Stalin is hijacking the peaceful protest of the students towards his own political gain. A valid reason that Tamil Nadu youngsters to form their own party to rid off such hypocrites.
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      Tulsi Np
      Jan 20, 2017 at 11:54 am
      Ram Guha may not be entirely right, but he has a point there. The Mollywood stars are catering to the whims of their masters. i.e the unemplo youth of Tamil Nadu. It is disgusting how these stars are pandering and creating civil strife when the matter is being considered at the highest level of the Judiciary. I also feel this has some genesis in right wing ideology.
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        Tulsi Np
        Jan 21, 2017 at 11:32 am
        Sir, thanks for the information. But your logic is specious. whether it is M or K, it is a name given as a convenience. The point was whether film actors are muddling the already muddled waters. Please enlighten us on this front. Secondly, let us know the why of Jallikattu, and because it is Jalliikattu, why it can't be banned?
        1. S
          Jan 20, 2017 at 11:37 am
          Ramchandra is right. He has said what everyone knows, but dare not articulate. Celebrities have joined the protest for publicity, which they need for survival. The main credit however must go to the national TV media for this time p. Last two years too there was no Jallikattu: and the Marina Beach was never as crowded!!!
          1. Sucheta Kumari
            Jan 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm
            It's not just a matter of preserving tradition, it is a matter of food security with native bulls being replaced with foreign ones, which yield lower quality milk, need additional hormones than native ones, thereby harming the health of every Indian using milk and milk products.
            1. m
              Jan 21, 2017 at 8:02 am
              I am a Tamilian and i oppose Jallikattu.This has definitely been organised by Tamilnadu politicians and certainly not a spontaneous reaction as has been claimed by a sectionof the media.
              1. V
                Jan 20, 2017 at 11:44 am
                what is important to one is a joke to the other. this is common all through history and good historians have never lost that point. Guha is however enled to his personal views but he is widely off-track about the pulse on the street. arm-chair dreaming is nice, better still if someone is paying for it, and that kind of a jobless job is the greatest tragedy of the age.
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