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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The AfterEffects Of ChakDe India!

All the media hype and attention that has surrounded the Indian cricket team in the last few years makes you almost believe that no other sports exist on the Indian horizon.

But now, slowly but surely, the Indian sports configuration is being redefined and other games, other stars are emerging. One of the biggest among them is Jhulan Goswami, the only Indian in the list of the International Cricket Council’s award winners.

This woman has proved it yet again that women can excel at anything if they are determined enough about it. She has been praised highly by all the former players of both the men's team as well as the women's team! The women's criket team has always been treated as an unwanted step-child in our country! Jhulan Goswami who is now the only fastest bowler in India and that too a woman, has made us all proud of her! She has been given the ICC Cricketer of the Year (Women) award at a ceremony in Johannesburg. Chak De India!

The other game that has come in the limelight again, after a long time is Football. India beat Syria in the Nehru Cup football final at Delhi on August 29. Did we hear anything in the media about it? Chak De India!

Then came the Indian men’s hockey team’s victory in the Asia Cup final at Chennai, where the home team beat South Korea. This is another long awaited victory for our team. ChakDe India!

The only woman in India who is truly shining in glory is our Sania Mirza, in the game of Tennis. She has proved herself again and again. There are other women too like Tania Sachdev, just 21, won the Asian women’s chess championship in Tehran. And Anjum Chopra has won the coveted Arjuna award. This is gender justice with a vengeance! ChakDe India?

This film is being shown to most players before every match and can we see the difference it is making?
ChakDe India.

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