The mass movement against the Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu has reached far and wide with Tamilians living abroad holding protests and demonstrations in countries they are currently living in. Sri Lanka, UK, Australia has seen Jallikattu protests, and groups like London Tamil Sangam, World Tamil Organisation and British South Indians are organising these demonstrations. 

 

The Tamil community in Oman also organised protests against the ban to show solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu. However, the Ministry of External Affairs has advised the community to stop the protest and requested the Indians to adhere to Omani laws to avoid any unfortunate situation. 

 

This advisory has been issued via tweets on Indian Embassy’s official Twitter account. In another tweet, the embassy stated that ‘Demonstrations in Oman will not serve any purpose’. Following are both the advisory tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

Protesting in India and protesting in abroad: 

 

India is considered as the largest democracy in the word, and one of the reasons behind this is that it allows its citizens peacefully protest or demonstrate against anything and everything. The protest against Jallikattu is one great example of this. Since the protesters in Marina Beach are maintaining peace, they are legally allowed to continue their protest.

 

However, foreign countries have different rules and regulations relating to demonstrations and protests.  If these rules are violated, strict actions can be levied on the protesters. For expats, these rules are all the more crucial, since harsh measures can be imposed by the authority. 

 

Also, Indians living in abroad protesting against issues of their native land does not make any sense as mentioned in the Indian embassy tweet rather it unnecessarily highlights domestic issues of our nation. 

 

Particularly in the Jallikattu issue protesting against the ban in abroad might backfire as it is a battle of tradition versus animal cruelty as highlighted by PETA.