The Jallikattu protests get stranger and stranger.
First, there is the whole notion of an uprising around the bull, the animal associated with Shiva.
That takes place just around the time of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who positions himself as a stud-bull in the china-shop of emasculated Western politicians.
[We notice that Eric Margolis wrote a short piece at LRC that appeared after this post, calling Trump a “bull in the Middle East china shop.”
Well, you heard it here first..
The protests for the “masculine” warrior sport (veera villayatu) contrast with the massive feminist dominated protests around the world against Donald Trump.
Then came news that the protests had become hijacked (allegedly) by other more violent protestors, holding up anti-Modi and anti-PETA posters.
These have been lumped together with protestors holding up more provocative posters, of Osama Bin Laden and deceased LTTE leader, Prabhakaran.
The provocations were apparently from extreme-left, Naxal, and secessionist Tamil groups, from several newspaper accounts and the accounts of the organizers of the protests themselves.
Now comes a report that the chief cop on the scene, a head constable by the name of Durga Devi, was molested and attacked at the Ice House Police Station, which was then torched.
Durga is the female consort of Shiva and is also a popular embodiment of the Indian nation.
[See my posts on Draupadi Vastraharan, to which the custodial rape of Devyani Khobragade was compared, as well as the picture of Durga deployed by pro-nanny demonstrators.]
Just a coincidence? Or one too many to be a coincidence?
The Indian nation (Durga), law and order, and feminism under attack from “Tamil secessionism” (Shiva) and unreconstructed patriarchal masculinity/religion.
There is video available of the outrage. But then so do the protestors have video to support their claims.
Each side claims the other’s video is morphed.