Spocial Revolution, a series by The Alternative and Sportskeeda

The Alternative, a sustainable lifestyle and social impact magazine, along with Sportskeeda, the largest website in Asia covering news and opinions about over 50 sports, bring you 25 feature stories that re-ignite that old familiar feeling of community, good health and good will in sports and fitness.


As long as the earth is round, sports in India will continue to whip up a nation’s frenzy like nothing else, posters of sporting heroes will be placed right next to Gods in puja rooms and cricket will continue to be the unofficial Indian religion.

Yet, as a sporting nation where does sports go beyond the big money, endorsements, WAGs and glamour? Where an Iqbal can one day hope to play for the national team as a career, where it can spring out of its narrow definitions to empower young minds with self-confidence, where it can pervade every open space for people to simply come out and play with abandon.

The story is just being written, we discover. Sports has been the beacon of hope for fresh and raw talent from lesser privileged backgrounds, whether in pursuing a career, as a way out of poverty, as a tool to empower young minds towards self confidence, mainstreaming their individualities, towards gender sensitization and social inclusion. Yet, fraught with politics and lack of funding that leads to little implementation of policies, sports as an avenue, tool and platform remains a wishful thinking for most in India not born into the privilege of private schools and country clubs.

India today is seeing far more inspiring stories of sportsmasters who have gone on to do the country and themselves proud, from cricket to archery and paralympics. Yet, with the shrinking of ‘open spaces’, the joy of ‘everyone’ coming out to play and getting dirty, the ‘gully cricket’ phenomenon, is becoming at best a cherished memory.

 

This December, the Alternative, a sustainable lifestyle and social impact magazine, along with Sportskeeda, the largest website in Asia covering news and opinions about over 50 sports, bring you 25 feature stories that re-ignite that old familiar feeling of community, good health and good will in sports and fitness.

~ Stories of the budding Milkha Singhs and Mary Koms of India who are challenging infrastructural limitations, class privileges, discriminating caste barriers, gender roles, regional remoteness and others in pursuit of a career and living in sports.

~ Stories of how sports can be more than fun and games, especially for children and youth at risk to keep out of a life in crime and violence or the perfect platform for school kids or Sunday buddies to engage in healthy sportsmanship and sensitization.

~ Stories of how sports and fitness has helped regular people in their day to day lives towards sound health, a closer connect to philanthropy and consciousness to their city’s social spaces as well as culture and biodiversity.

Tell us how sports and physical fitness became your way of contributing to a social cause, saving the neighbourhood park or lake or discovering new habitats away right in the middle of our concrete jungles.

Join us for a chat this Friday on Twitter at 12pm, by following the hashtag #spocialrevolution, to tell us about sports and fitness activities in India that deserve more attention today.

This remains a one off game, not a revolution, unless we have your two feet in it. Be a spectator no more. Come out and play.

Be a game-changer this December.


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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. more

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