Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is in Madurai to attend the traditional bull-taming sport — ‘Jallikattu’ — and celebrate Pongal has said that Tamil culture, history and language are essential for the future of India and are needed to be respected .
Rahul later tweeted his wishes to the people
Harvest season is a time of joy and celebrations. Happy Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Bhogi and Uttarayan!
Special prayers & wishes for our Kisan-Mazdoors who are fighting for their rights against powerful forces.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 14, 2021
The Wayanad MP along with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin’s son and actor Udhayanidhi, attended the Jallikattu event in Avaniyapuram in Madurai.
Addressing the event in report by ANI , Gandhi said it was quite a lovely experience to see Tamil culture, history in action.
“I’m happy that Jallikattu is being organised in a systematic and safe way that both the bull and the youngsters are safe and everybody is being taken care of. I have specifically came here because I think Tamil culture, history, language are essential for the future of India and need to be respected by everybody in India. I have come here to give a message to those people who think they can push aside Tamil language and Tamil culture,” Gandhi said.
Rahul said has received tremendous love and affection from the people of Tamil Nadu and added it is his duty to stand with the people of Tamil Nadu and protect their history, culture and language.
“I’m also here to learn about your culture, feelings and history. I would like to wish everybody happy Pongal and would like to congratulate the youngest for doing a wonderful job here (participating in Jallikattu),”said Gandhi.