Relating to that Dreaded 'F' Word

By. Sneha Pathak

If the words ‘feminism’ and ‘feminist’ have a negative connotation, it is precisely because we are operating in a deeply patriarchal society

Being a feminist today is as bad as being a fan of Shah Rukh Khan in the year Ra.One was released. Constant mockery is replaced by exasperated sighs, followed by collective rolling of eyes. And finally people just pretend you’re invisible.

Jallikattu: Protests and Anti-Nationalism


By Thamizhchelvan

Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport conducted in the villages of a few districts of Tamil Nadu, was banned by the Supreme Court of India in May 2014. Though there were attempts to remove the ban in 2015 and 2016 during the Pongal festivals, the attempts failed and the ban seemed to settle permanently bringing the centuries old tradition to a grinding a halt. However, this year the country witnessed a weeklong statewide protest involving youth and students, culminating in the passage of an Ordinance by the State Assembly which was immediately enacted as a Law. But in the process, the state also witnessed a sort of revival of separatist and anti-national movements in the name of Tamil culture utilizing a supposedly genuine student movement. Before going into the details of the protests, a look into the history of Jallikattu will be in order.

Trading in Extinction: Is Pet Trade Killing off Animal Species?

By Alice Katherine Hughes

The Wire

Global biodiversity loss doesn’t just result from the destruction of habitats, or even hunting species for meat. Huge number of species are threatened by trade – both alive as pets or exhibits, or dead for use in medicines.

Though people have become increasingly aware of the threat posed by the trade of high-value species, such as the elephant for ivory, and various animals such as tigers, rhinos and the pangolin for medicine, few realise the risk that the pet trade poses to the future survival of many less well-known species.

On visiting a zoo or pet shop, you may expect that the reptiles and amphibians on show are bred in captivity, but many of these animals may have been imported live. In fact, 92% of the 500,000 live animal shipments between 2000-2006 to the US (that’s 1,480,000,000 animals) were for the pet trade, and 69% of these originated in Southeast Asia.

These exports, majority from tropical countries, are increasing annually. And without careful regulation, this trade may be disastrous for many species.

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Former Judge who Banned Jallikattu Moves SC against Madras HC Notice

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, the author of a 2014 judgment banning jallikattu, moved the Supreme Court against a petition alleging bias against him for receiving the 'Man of the Year' award from People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Justice Radhakrishnan said there is no constitutional bar on him to receive such an award after retirement as Supreme Court judge. He said he is a private citizen like anyone else in the society.

Karnataka Introduces Kambala Bill


After Jallikattu ordinance Karnataka has introduced a Bill to facilitate the conduct of traditional buffalo race "Kambala" and bullock cart races on Friday in the ongoing session of the assembly.

The bill Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 tabled by Minister for Animal Husbandry and Sericulture A . Manju, seeks to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, in its application to Karnataka.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (Central Act 59 of 1960) was enacted to prevent the infliction of unnecessary cruelty and suffering on animals. It recognises the need to exempt the application of its provisions in certain circumstances.

Looking Beyond our own Species

By Suhrith Parthasarathy
Tamil Nadu’s new jallikattu law presents complex constitutional issues on how we treat animals. It raises more questions than answers, some of which are likely to be at the core of the Supreme Court’s consideration.



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