The seven days of jallikattu protests

Celebrities welcome, till they grab the mike

DINDIGUL: A majority of the students staging the protest in support of jalliakattu vociferously protested the presence of politicians and actors who tried to get publicity through their struggle in Dindigul and Chinnalapatti here on Thursday.

Dindigul MLA K. Balabarathi and actor Vijay Sethupathi were shown the doors. However, they were allowed to take part and raise slogans in support of jallikattu in both places.

When actor Vijay Sethupathi went to Gandhigram to address the students staging a protest at the entrance of Gandhigram Rural Institute, a section of the students curtly told him that actors seeking publicity need not extend their support and take part in agitation.

The students told that the actor who was in a film shooting in the district on Wednesday, expressed his inability to meet the protesters as he had a tight schedule. However, the film team assured to bring him on Thursday.

But he did not turn up in the morning. He finished his schedule and met the students during lunch hour, they added.

Mr. Vijay Sethupathi should have come earlier to extend his support to the protesters if he was really interested in the students’ struggle, they said.

The actor cut short his speech in five minutes, appealing to the students to continue their still till the ban on jallikattu was removed. The government believed that the students would be tired and abandon their agitation on their own. That should not happen. Their agitation should expand further, he stressed.

Former Dindigul MLA K. Balabarathi too faced similar fate in Dindigul as a majority of the students did not allow her to speak.

With beating of percussion instruments, Ms. Balabarathi came to the demonstration venue on Tiruchi Road junction along with DYFI cadre. The students greeted them at the venue and allowed them to raise slogans.

The percussion instrumentalists too were allowed to play. When she grabbed a mike to deliver a speech, the students raised slogans and did not allow her to speak. She was asked to leave the place. Finally, she left the place along with supporters.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Feb 21, 2020 9:45:09 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/Celebrities-welcome-till-they-grab-the-mike/article17062419.ece

In This Package
The end of a protest
The sea of enthusiastic protesters on the Marina.
Anatomy of a protest
Centre says it is monitoring situation in Tamil Nadu
Chennai streets turn a battleground
Pro-jallikattu protests in Coimbatore end with agitation, violence
WhatsApp message from Ukraine triggered the Tamukkam protest
Train services through Madurai junction resume
Rail blockade earned wrath of people: Chamber
Protest for jallikattu at Tamukkam ends
Jallikattu protests end on peaceful note
Public transport in Chennai grinds to a halt
Violence forces schools, colleges close early
Stir at Alanganallur ends with violence
Violence breaks out in Alanganallur after eviction of protesters
Jallikattu protesters firm on permanent solution
Supporters of Jallikattu stage a demonstration with National Flags outside of Tamukkam grounds in connection with Jallikattu issue in Madurai on Monday.
Policeman on duty killed by bull at jallikattu in village of Virudhunagar district; Assembly passes Bill
Indications were clear that event couldn’t be held at Alanganallur
Protesters put up stiff resistance in Coimbatore
A movement to reclaim Tamil pride
Software companies in Mysuru join pro-jallikattu protest
Rajnath assures action on promulgation of jallikattu ordinance
List of cancelled and diverted train services
SC agrees to Centre’s plea to delay Jallikattu verdict
Tamil Nadu to take ordinance route for conducting Jallikattu
Political parties support bandh call
Seven students faint
Lorries to stay off roads
Hotels, shops to down shutters
Residents stage agitations
Apolitical groups extend solidarity as protest enters third day
Vaiko
‘Youths’ protest will script resounding victory’
Women show up in large numbers at protest
A show of strength and solidarity
Tamil Nadu to shut down today
A.R. Rahman and Viswanathan Anand.
Celebrities lend star power
Ramadoss marches towards PM’s residence, detained
Sasikala’s claims are misleading, says PETA
TNAU Management Board member resigns
‘From sport, jallikattu has transformed into cultural identity’
Protesters continue to throng the Marina beach promenade where thousands are streaming in to protest the ban on jallikattu. Families with children in tow were a sight on the waterfront on Thusday night.
For Centre and T.N., the options are tricky but worth a try
Alanganallur unmoved by CM’s Delhi visit
Lawyers’ fora call for court boycott
Centre is anti-Tamil: Opposition
PIL against policeexcess dismissed
Tamil Nadu to shut down today
All traders in Madurai to down shutters today
Southern Railway cancels trains
Students’ protest attracts more crowd at Tamukkam
Traffic thrown out of gear for second day in Chennai
Techies protesting in between shifts, after work
Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi
TN can enact law to treat jallikattu as traditional sport: Rohatgi
As jallikattu protests snowball, TN to shut down
You are reading Celebrities welcome, till they grab the mike
Naam Tamilar Katchi cadre climb up mobile tower
Thousands of passengers stranded as trains stop at Dindigul
Jallikattu protesters get more backing
Jallikattu ban: Students force train to a halt in Madurai
Students’ protests attract more crowds
‘Protest will not end till a bull runs on to the ring’
Jallikattu: MHA awaits reply from Environment Ministry
Cannot direct Centre, TN to frame special law on jallikattu: HC
Govt would reach decision on jallikattu by weekend: Dave
A simmering resentment
The bull is trending
When two eras overlap
Jallikattu protest: Changes in train timings
More people throng pro-jallikattu protest venue
Jallikattu protests
The limits to popular sentiment
Jallikattu: protests continue in Kancheepuram
Protest rocks Tiruchi, Thanjavur districts
Closure of college: Students hold talk with management
Ban PETA, say protesters
Traffic hit on many roads
College students join protest for jallikattu in Vellore
Protests continue in Tiruvannamalai
Students show solidarity with jallikattu supporters
Thousands gather at Tamukkam demanding jallikattu
Seeman
Seeman begins separate protest
Protest for ‘jallikattu’ gains greater momentum
Protest on Marina brings traffic to a standstill
Stir intensifies at Alanganallur
Protests for jallikattu spread far and wide
Next Story