Bengaluru, Dec 18 Dec 2017 : Governor Vajubhai Vala said Kambala, the buffalo race that has come under scanner, symbolises gallantry and urged the people to fight for it.
He was speaking after inaugurating Tulu Literature Festival in the city on Sunday. "Those with guts participate in Kambala. Man competes with buffaloes in 400 metres, 800 metres and one-kilometre races. How does it amount to animal cruelty? It is a pure sport. There is no harm to any animal. Instead, their strength will improve," he said.
The governor said those who do not like Kambala should play kabaddi or kho kho. "Let the government stay or change. There is an election coming up. This is a good opportunity for you, don’t lose it. Politicians respond to your demand now," he said.
He also called upon the government to fulfill the demands of the Tulu people. "They are not asking for a separate land. They are peacefully demanding the right place for the language. It is the Centre’s job to amend the 8th Schedule to include the language. However, the government should put pressure on the Centre," he added.
He said he will recommend to the Centre if the people demand recognition for Tulu language.