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Kalaiyarasan A. and Shruti Ragavan
In January 2017, protests and demonstrations were held across Tamil Nadu challenging the 2014 ­Supreme Court (SC) ban on a rural traditional sport—Jallikattu. Alongside the movement, a debate raged in electronic and print media (both in English and Tamil) on the history, politics and ethics of…
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Aravindhan C. and Rabboni Rabi
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Shruti Ragavan
The following text is based on an interview with Rahul by Vasudev R. and Vivek R. at Vadipatti, in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, in December 2017.[i]  It provides a first-hand account of a group of young men, belonging to different caste groups, who came together in order to create and…
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Kalaiyarasan A.
The massive protests of Tamils against the ban on Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport held during the harvest festival of Pongal, attracted much attention across the world in 2017. This sport, which till then had been prevalent among only a small number of communities in a few districts in southern…
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Kalaiyarasan A. and Shruti Ragavan
Jallikattu is a festival/sport celebrated in rural Tamil Nadu on the occasion of the harvest festival Pongal, where men engage in a contest to try and catch a running bull’s hump in order to secure a pouch of coins hung around the bull’s horn. In light of the Supreme Court ban on the festival in…
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मुश्ताक खान
      मनुष्य ने मशीनों के आविष्कार से बहुत पहले से पशुओं को अपना साथी बना लिया था जो उनके श्रम में उनके भागीदार बनकर उनका साथ दे सकें। शिकारी जीवन के बाद कृषिहर समाज में मनुष्य और पशुओं की यह भागीदारी और प्रगाड़ हो गयी। छत्तीसगढ़ के आदिवासी और ग्रामीण गैर आदिवासी सभी मुख्यतः कृषि आधारित जीवन यापन…
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This module presents an overview of the livestock traditions in North India while focussing on Rajasthan. It delves into the pastoral traditions of the North by understanding the shifts in the culture of cattle rearing from the colonial period right up to the livestock fair at Pushkar. A series of…
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Dinesh Khanna and Yashaswini Chandra
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