Constitution Bench to examine if Jallikattu is a cultural right

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If so, Jallikattu can come under the ambit of Article 29 (1) of the Constitution, which will guarantee its protection.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will have a Constitution Bench examine whether the people of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra can conserve Jallikattu and bullock-cart races as their cultural right and demand their protection under Article 29 (1) of the Constitution.

Article 29 (1) is a fundamental right guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution to protect the educational and cultural rights of citizens.

Though commonly used to protect the interests of minorities, Article 29 (1) mandates that “any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India or any part thereof having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same”.

If, for example, Jallikattu is upheld by the Constitution Bench as a cultural right and part of the "collective culture" of the people of Tamil Nadu under Article 29 (1), provisions of other laws which undermine Jallikattu may run the risk of being struck down.

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