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India would be certainly proud of its achievement this time in commonwealth games, beating England and Canada in games is no small feat and coming 2nd certainly isn’t either. The remarkable performance of getting 101 medals was showcased by one state in particular which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Though their effort in showcasing India’s strength has certainly lead some people to appreciate them.
Leading this pack of gold was a state known only for honour killings or female foeticide, Haryana (there is even a movie coming on the events named Akrosh).Fittingly so when discus thrower Krishna Punia won the gold she said that all the winners were Jats that is Harwant Kaur who won silver and Seema Antil who won bronze.(may be it was an inner desire to tell media that they were painting the whole community with same color) Keeping that aside Haryana as a state truly out performed many of the countries participating in the commonwealth games and with its tally alone and number of golds it stands 5th.
“Social scientists will point to a co-relation between community, environment and sporting success. The Masai tribesmen put Kenya on the world map with their natural aptitude as steeplechaser and middle distance runners. The Ethiopian tribes became renowned marathon runners. Runners of West African descent — whether from Jamaica or the United States — are born to run fast. Perhaps, we now need to consider that the muscular Jats are built to wrestle or throw the discus (not to forget cricket , Hockey and Shooting too). ” quotes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Haryana has certainly made its mark in this commonwealth games with a startling performance from the state. The most medals for it was won in wrestling with the likes of Phogat sisters leading the charge and sonepat for one has become a district of gold creators.
Not far behind are the boxers of bhiwani which got 2 gold and 3 bronze. Vijender Singh’s controversial bout will always remain part of the commonwealth history but so will Manoj Kumar’s and Paramjeet Samota’s gold in final. Last time it was only Akhil kumar who won the boxing gold but this time Haryana got two and India three.
This success has been also attributed to Hooda governments’ efforts to support sportspersons, though on occasion he is seeing quoting “I am sportsman.” His stint as two time chief Minister was taking a beating after the negative publicity his state was taking but certainly he could take a breather with commonwealth success story before media gets going with the usual stuff.
Haryana in past lacked tremendously in context of the infrastructure of sports but that was over come by the sheer zeal to perform by its athletes. The Hooda government now should focus on creating high class stadiums so that ground level support is encouraged, though he might say that he has got stadiums built but there numbers then is few.
The sports which have been dominating and getting it medals namely Boxing and Wrestling need to be supported more. The prize money offered in sporting events also need to increase. Haryana government should also not hide behind the recent success and help create other sports to rise too. The events such as athletics and swimming needs to be supported as these are the events which would be giving us more medals.
The success could also be used in eliminating social evils of female –infanticide as the girls who have won could become the role models of young girls and parents can be encouraged to support their girls. Saina Nehwal success story could be repeated again where a father goes out of his way to make his daughter a world champion and same goes for Krishna Poonia who also hails from Haryana though is married in Rajasthan. Her story is where the brothers and father supported and then her husband who helped get her to this level. Husbands can also take some heed where they can become facilitators in the success of their wives and will also be given due credit and their egos will also be not hurt in the process.
There is a way out for Haryana with the current success stories where they can revive their lost image and get rid of the chauvinistic tag associated with the men of Haryana , now whether they do this is certainly upon them since the rest of the India will be watching.
Those who made Haryana proud:
Ravinder Singh : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg
Anil Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 96 kg
Sanjay Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 74 kg
Rajender Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kg
Geeta Singh Phogat : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 55 kg
Anita Tomar :Wrestling Women’s freestyle 67 kg
Yogeshwar Dutt: Wrestling Men’s freestyle 60 kg
Krishna Poonia :Athletics Women’s Discus Throw
Annu Raj Singh :Shooting Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Pairs)
Manoj Kumar : Boxing Men’s Light Welterweight 64 Kg
Paramjeet Samota : Boxing Men’s Super heavyweight +91 Kg
Saina Nehwal : Badminton Women’s Singles
Manoj Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 84 kg
Nirmala Devi : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 48 kg
Babita Kumari : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 51 kg
Anuj Kumar :Wrestling Men’s freestyle 84 kg
Joginder Kumar :Wrestling Men’s freestyle 120 kg
Saina Nehwal : Team event Badminton
Sunil Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 66 kg
Dharmender Dalal :Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 120 kg
Prasanta Karmakar: Swimming Men’s 50 m freestyle Para
Suman Kundu :Wrestling Women’s freestyle 63kg
Seema Antil :Athletics Women’s Discus Throw
Jai Bhagwan: Boxing Men’s Lightweight 60 kg
Dilbagh Singh :Boxing Men’s Welterweight 69 Kg
Vijender Singh: Boxing Men’s Welterweight 75 Kg
This question has plagued me for quite some years as what is difference in the behavioral aspect of a female who is educated from same sex to the girls who has been educated in a co-ed school. Convent school education is generally gender specific that is boys only or girls only. The focus is to keep them at bay which is not cases in public schools. Now likely so when such guys and girls meet opposite sex they have variety of thoughts and usually these thoughts vary in extreme and so do their behavior.
In a recent study in India it was found that most parents want their children to get a coed education this is driven by the fact that guys should not feel depleted from the presence of girls and girls for one could learn to handle guys better.
It is also seen that those in coed education have better in handling opposite sex issues such as in work place and in relationships too they are better.
“Upon meeting girls from all-girls school and they suggested me to Co-ed school only” says one of the parent. “The reason they cited was that in a all-girl or all-boy schools the kids become “excessive attracted towards opposite sex”. Later they may also develop cold feet talking, mixing with opp. sex .Moreover, recently, I read an article where it stated that each boy and girl should be nurtured in a normal way in other word co-ed should be the right environment for proper mental growth”,he adds further
Though another one counters it by saying “I say this from my personal experience as well: I had always been in convents and was a good student. 9th to 12th I moved to a mainstream top school that was co-ed. I noticed the girls were very self conscious. The boys dominated the class discussions. In the convents, we girls were really boisterous, had tons of loud fun and of course we did the silly giggling and talking about boys but that was it. I feel the girls in the new school lacked confidence and were very conscious of how they appeared to the boys. They had already started playing second fiddle to the guys at this young age! ”
Undoubtedly the institution is priority before getting into co-ed and all-boys or all-girls schools debate but lets assume that we are comparing schools which are same in terms of education but issue is more for same gender or co-ed education. Some parents especially in the case of girls might want out of protectiveness or conservatism that the girl need to be in all girls school. Since they might feel uncomfortable of their girl mixing with boys.
Though in term of personality if we talk then the child’s personality depends quite a lot on parents for example if a mother is strong dominating woman then it is more likely that her daughter ought to be if not same but confident. Same goes for the son , it is the confidence instilled by the parents in the child which would matter the most.
The question which seem to bugs me more is that some parents choose to keep their girls or boys in same sex schools so that they could avoid them to be “sexual” and when the right time comes they will pack their wards off to a marriage with their suitable choice. Though the outcome of such union is always a dicey one as if either of the bride or groom have been in same sex school then certain things can really get difficult at home.
In one of the forms I read a comment which I found quite correct by Kashish Mahajan “hey according to my opinion go for co-ed school it not only gives a child confidence but also teaches him/her how to behave while sitting among or with different types of people. it also gives us experience with different kind of people and moreover it is the best way to build a person’s social understanding so without any hesitation go for it get your daughter in a co-ed. I m also a girl and knows that truly.”
- The popular belief about same-sex education was that it upheld general stereotypes about gender, such as women should study nursing and men should study engineering. Experts at that time believed that coeducation dispelled those gender myths. That ideology turned out to be relatively inaccurate.
- Boys in coed schools are less likely to take up the arts in fear of being labeled a homosexual.
- Boys are also less likely to take advanced courses in fear of being labeled a geek.
- Girls, on the other hand have experienced some of the same problems on the reverse side.
- Girls avoid math and science in order to not seem masculine.
- Socially, same-sex schools are emotionally easier on students. Stereotypes based on gender are not a huge issue in these settings.
- Girls are more outspoken and competitive when boys are not around to tease them.
- Girls feel more comfortable participating in sports and traditionally male dominated fields when boys are not watching.
- Boys become less competitive and collaborate more because they don’t have to worry about girls’ opinions of them.
- Boys feel free to participate in the arts with a class full of other boys.
- Studies have also suggested that the benefits are more evident in girls, lower income families and minorities.
- Author Rosemary Salomone, argues that there is a place for same-sex schools. In her book, Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Education (Yale University Press 2005), she examines the benefits of single-sex education in the public realm.
But like all there is a flip side too:
- Some opponents also suspect that same-sex schooling will either push students into exploring homosexual relationships,
- It could lead high level of curiosity and desire for opposite sex in both male and female which may spill problem in later stages of life when in marriage or work places full of opposite sex.
- It could increase gender stereotypes and homophobia.
In my research on the topic things which i have found is that parents of girls are more inclined to get them into same sex school rather than the parents of boys. They have said that it is got to do more with the gender-bias that the girls might have to endure in a co-ed education along with harassment from boys which might deplete the girls confidence.I couldn’t agree with them because in my own experience I have seen enough girls raising their view point which are sensible also being appreciated and applauded by boys .By not allowing girls to face the realities of life these parents are doing a great injustice to their girls because sooner or later they will get a taste of real world conflicts why not start strengthening them from childhood.
As for boys well if I may say so, without girls around I don’t think they might behave properly and more so feel a desire to prove themselves.Additionally a harmless chats with females will help understand woman folk better and become part of their education process.
Though the theories and debates that same sex school might be good for your wards grade might hold true but it doesn’t necessarily guarantees that your ward will have good relationships : either friendship or marriage.
When this commonwealth was about to start many doubted whether it will even begin or get scrapped. I must confess that I was one of them. Mr kalmadi’s “spectacular” handling of things certainly brought India great many criticism and condemnation of the participating countries.
In the end it was left to none other than our chief minister Mrs Shiela Dikshit to get the job done which even involved getting games village ready. More so she became the target of foreign media especially the notorious Paula Henery ( oh did I spell that right…?).
Now the real weight of expectation was on Indian athletes and oh my, did they comply .India finished second in the over all tally with a staggering 101 medals in which there were 38 gold medals , 27 silver medals and 36 bronze medals.
Wrestling won us many medals 19 of the 21 events that they participated in and here to sushil Kumar dominated getting his gold by knocking out his opponent. Upon wining he went to Rahul Gandhi to get thank him for watching his match. In all domination of wrestling was supreme. The girls also didn’t do anything wrong, the sisters Babita and Geeta Phogat from haryana won silver and gold respectively. Their story was of remarkable success where their father had to fight off the sarcasms of the village when he decided that his daughters will play wrestling.
Following are the medals in wrestling
The winners are as follows :
- Ravinder Singh : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg
- Anil Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 96 kg
- Sanjay Kumar : WrestlingMen’s Greco-Roman 74 kg
- Geeta Singh Phogat : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 55 kg
- Alka Tomar : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 59 kg
- Anita Tomar : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 67 kg
- Rajender Kumar: Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kg
- Narsingh Pancham Yadav : Wrestling Men’s freestyle 74 kg
- Yogeshwar Dutt: Wrestling Men’s freestyle 60 kg
- Sushil Kumar : Wrestling Men’s freestyle 66 kg
- Manoj Kumar : Wrestling Men’s Greco-Roman 84 kg
- Nirmala Devi : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 48 kg
- Babita Kumari : Wrestling Women’s freestyle 51 kg
- Anuj Kumar : Wrestling Men’s freestyle 84 kg
- Joginder Kumar : Wrestling Men’s freestyle 120 kg
Then the excepted events of shooting too did not disappoint by performing brilliantly. The shooters especially Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang won us many gold . Gagan Narang in particular won 4 gold medal heights individual tally, it must be rewarding for him to win so many medals in his own nation and hopefully his disappointment of not winning the Rajiv Gandhi khel ratna will be diminished, now as government will certainly honour him for his contribution.
The medal tally for shooting was :
The winner from shooting were :
- Abhinav Bindra & Gagan Narang: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Pairs)
- Anisa Sayyed & Rahi Sarnobat: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Pairs)
- Anisa Sayyed: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Single)
- Omkar Singh : Shooting Men’s 50m Pistol Individual
- Gagan Narang: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle Individual
- Vijay Kumar & Gurpreet Singh : Shooting Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Pairs)
- Omkar Singh & Gurpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 10m Air Pistol (Pairs)
- Omkar Singh : Shooting Men’s 10m Air Pistol (Singles)
- Gagan Narang & Imran Hassan Khan : Shooting Men’s 50m Air Rifle 3 Position (Pairs)
- Vijay Kumar : Shooting Men’s 25m Rapid Fire pistol Individual
- Vijay Kumar & Harpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol (Pairs)
- Gagan Narang : Shooting Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Pos Individual
- Harpreet Singh : Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol Individual
- Heena Sidhu & Annu Raj Singh :Shooting Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Pairs)
- Omkar Singh & Deepak Sharma : Shooting Men’s 50m Pistol (Pairs)
- Tejaswini Sawant & Lajjakumari Gauswami: Shooting Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions(Pairs)
- Rahi Sarnobat: Shooting Women’s 25m Pistol (Single)
- Abhinav Bindra : Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Singles)
- Asher Noria & Ronjan Sodhi: Shooting Men’s Double trap (Pairs)
- Ronjan Sodhi : Shooting Men’s Double trap Individual
- Manavjit Singh Sandhu & Mansher Singh : Shooting Men’s Trap (Pairs)
- Vijay Kumar : Shooting Men’s 25m centre fire pistol Individual
- Tejaswini Sawant : Shooting Women’s 50m Rifle Prone (Singles)
- Samresh Jung & Chandrasekhar Chaudhary : Shooting Men’s 25m Standard Pistol (Pairs)
- Heena Sidhu : Shooting Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Singles)
- Gurpreet Singh: Shooting Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol Individual
- Suma Shirur & Kavita Yadav: Shooting Women’s 10 m Air Rifle (Pairs)
- Manavjit Singh Sandhu: Shooting Men’s Trap Individual
- Samresh Jung: Shooting Men’s 25m Standard Pistol Singles
- Tejaswini Sawant & Meena Kumari : Shooting Women’s 50 metre rifle prone pairs
In all shooting did not disappoint and wrestling became the new power house.This performance will certainly improve interest of Individuals in shooting and wrestling. Though wrestling can boast itself to be a cost-effective sport but certainly shooting would require enormous amount of money for ammunition and training.
One just hopes irrespective of the conditions, Indians will find a way and keep this performance alive and see a different side of sports which is nothing similar to cricket.
The Debate continues.....
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