Monday, December 1, 2008
Why is Mary Kom denied of what she truly deserves?
In the light of the news posted in Times of India, dated 2nd december, page 22, it is really saddening to know that a sportsperson like M C Mary Kom have to struggle for something which she truly deserves, the Title of Khel Ratna. Being a world Champion four times in a row is not a piece of cake. And the very fact that she won the boxing world champion title proves her dedication and hard work to the sports she loves and her efforts to bring her country at the world level in the arena of sports compettition. How many Indians have won world championship title in any sports besides Cricket and that too not always, never in a row.
"last year, when my name was recommended by the federation, I had been shortlisted along with Dhoni but (Arjuna awards selection comittee chairman) Milkha singh struck off my name saying that he did not know which sport I competed in. That hurt me teribbly". - Mary Kom (Times of India, Dt. 2 Dec 2008)
This is an ouright insult not only to her but to her profession as well . I really dont know why Milkha singh is appointed as the chairman of such prestigous post which he do not deserve at all. why, if he is the chairman he should be well aware of what kind of sports category are played by Indian player in any particular event. There is very less chance that he is not aware of the sports that Mary Kom played. Its impossible and outrageous. Even if he is unaware of the sports she represent that he should make it a point that he does. This shows not only his imcompetency and inefficiency to hold the post but also his weak rationale towards the sports itself.
he is either lying or just giving an excuse for not giving the title to Mary Kom. Mary Kom deserve the title, infact, more than Dhoni.
This act on the part of the authority shows not only the gender segregation in sports but also the sports itself. secondly, perhaps it could be that he is full aware of what sports Mary Kom represent but however since she belong to the north east, he is not sure whether northeast is a part of India or not. ( this shows the general attitude towards northeast india- apathy) or maybe that, he thinks that the title is not fit for any women player.......there can be lot of alternative reason that he can give for denying the title to Mary Kom, But whatever be the reason it is utterly unbelievable that he is not aware of the sports in which Mary Kom competed in. The whole world is aware of Mary Kom as a world champion in boxing from India.
Mr. Milkha Singh should resign for he is incompetency to hold this office.