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‘Jallikattu Is Just A Playful Sport’

Perumal Murugan raised a storm two years ago by ‘committing literary suicide’ in a Facebook post, as his book One-Part Woman was attacked by caste-Hindu groups. Here he talks about Jallikattu and the writer’s relationship with everyday politics.

‘Jallikattu Is Just A Playful Sport’ Photograph by Sanjay Rawat

Where do you stand on the raging controversy over Jallikattu?

Jallikattu is an integral part of Tamil tradition and culture. There are records of Jallikattu in ancient times, like Sangam literature, as well as in modern literature. There is also anthropological evidence to prove this.

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