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Once again there was no respite for mute animals: Tribal community slaughter animals in large number before Sulia deity

Bolangir:26/12/17; Once again there was no respite for mute animals. They were slaughtered en masse as a part of religious ritual in Odisha’s Bolangir district.

Despite groundswell of puritan opinion favouring abolition of the age-old custom, animals were slaughtered today in a sacrificial ritual to mark Sulia festival at Khairguda, about 25 km. from district headquarters town of Bolangir.

Animal rights activists have been protesting the mass animal sacrifice on the occasion of Sulia festival. Badakhala is small place near Khairguda that used to witness highest number of slaughtering.

The practice had been stopped following court directions in past years. This year, members of tribal community defied the administrative embargo and renewed the animal sacrifice.

The Sulia festival is mainly observed by Kondh tribals in the month of ‘Pausa’ in Hindu calendar every year. Members of tribal community slaughter animals in large number before Sulia deity. They believe sacrifice of animals and birds would bring prosperity for them.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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