Telugu film actor Mahesh Babu, who lived in Chennai mostly until he started his acting career, said one should appreciate Tamil Nadu’s unity to protest Jallikattu, which has taken centre-stage with people throning Marina beach in lakhs reminiscent of the 2010 Orange Revolution in Egypt.
“Proud to see such a statement of unity among Tamilians for something that they truly believe in. Especially admire the way the students of Tamil Nadu have been standing up for the cause, relentlessly fighting for their roots and culture. Hope their voices are heard. I support the spirit of Tamil Nadu. #JusticeforJallikattu,” the actor said in a message on Twitter on Thursday.
The people are divided over the argument of being kind to animals as advocated by PETA and the killing of a 2,500-year-old tradition, which is the state’s popular sport, which was banned by Supreme Court ahead of Pongal.
Other Telugu-Tamil actors such as Rana Daggubati, Ram Pothineni and Samantha Ruth Prabhu also supported the protesters who are holding a peaceful demonstration in Chennai. Other language actors Sivakarthikeyan, Raghava Lawrence, and RJ Balaji too visited Marina Beach.
Already Tamil actors including Vijay, Suriya, Ajith, Karthi and Keerthy Suresh have issued statements in support of the protesters.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to recommend an ordinance seeking an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and appealed the protesters to withdraw from Marina beach.