Why not hold Dhirio by cutting bull-horns a bit?, wonders Parsekar

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 23 September 2015 17:09 IST

Rather than taking legal action against Dhirio – Goa’s banned bull fights, Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar wants to uphold the ‘tradition’, due to which almost 16 bulls could lock horns last Sunday in his constituency of Mandrem.

“I am planning to find a solution like either cutting the sharp edge of their horns or putting a safety caps on it and allow Dhirio”, Parsekar told the media today.

He was confronted on the background of over 2000 people attending Dhirio at Paliem-Arambol from 7 am onwards on 20 September, due to which even traffic was blocked on the surrounding roads in his constituency.

“Holding Dhirio during Chovoth (Ganesh Chaturthi) is a tradition of our village, which I have been watching from my childhood”, he says.

Dhirio, Goa’s famous bull fights, have been banned since December 1996 due to the high court directive under the provisions of Cruelty to Animals (Prevention) Act.

Since then, all the efforts by all the governments as well as MPs have failed. On the contrary, union ministry for forest and environment, in July 2011, banned using bull as a performing animal.

But chief minister Parsekar, during the monsoon Assembly session, announced a committee of legislators to study and find out in what way Dhirio could be continued without violating the legal provisions.

St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh, who heads the committee, however grumbles that the committee has not taken a formal shape by issuing a notification.

The other legislature members are Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Caitu Silva, Benjamin Silva and Kiran Kandolkar.

“Let us see what solution the committee provides. We will act accordingly”, Parsekar however told the media today.

According to him, Dhirio could be a major tourist attraction for the tourist state, which could accrue additional revenue to the state treasury.

“We want to strike a balance between people’s passion, tradition and the act”, he said.

Parsekar also claimed that Dhirio is not a money-making game, though reports gathered reveal that the Dhirio held on Sunday was also combined with huge amount of betting. 

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