Mud wrestler Kushti of India: Fasting, suffering to change life (part 2)

At the age of 18, Patil left his village to train in akhara on the way to Arthur in Mumbai. Life in akhara must follow the regime. Drinking, smoking and sometimes, sex are also prohibited on the path to purity, physical beauty, and health. Inside the shabby building is the aura of hardship and dedication. All the chaos of division in Indian society is left outside the door. “Here, no one cares whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or what class you belong to. If there is anything to worship, that’s the body,” Patil said.

Floors are prepared according to a special formula for centuries including mud water, red soil, dairy, and oil. All mixed up into a thick, soft thing like red yellow crumbs. On it, wrestlers perform exercises. They practiced hanging people on ropes, squeezing, yoga and lifting weights or stones. Patil’s proudest achievement is the gold medal at the 2015 national level tournament. This event disturbs his peaceful village. However, Kushti wrestlers do not dream too much about medals and international tournaments. They bring their worldly dreams that success with Kushti will help them get a job in government.

The Indian government spends certain jobs for those who have made a mark in sports. This is an effort to encourage the development of athletic capacity with financial promise. This does not mean that Kushti wrestlers are fully assured of work. Patil is a graduate student in science but is working as a security guard. You are trying to achieve something better.

The work made Patil only able to train in the early morning and late evening. He loved Kushti but was also aware that Kushti was dying all over India. Kushti is gradually being replaced by more contemporary wrestling forms. “I am very happy that I can do what my father and grandfather cannot do just because they were poor.”


Saina Nehwal – the badminton legend of India

Saina Nehwal was born on March 17, 1990, an Indian badminton athlete. She won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games tournament after defeating PV Sindhu, she became the first Indian to win two single gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. The Saina Nehwal legend has won over 23 international titles, including ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the 2nd place in the world in 2009, it was not until 2015 that she was ranked No.1 in the world, she became the only female player from India to achieve this achievement. She represented India to participate three times in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in her second appearance.

Nehwal has achieved some milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian who won at least one medal in every major BWF personal event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championship. She was the first Indian badminton player to win the Olympic medal, along with the only Indian to win the BWF World Championship. In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian woman and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the difference that the first Indian won a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she led the Indian team and remained unbeaten, helping India win the bronze medal. It was India’s first medal in any major BWF event. She is a model for many badminton youngsters to follow.

Considered to be one of India’s most successful sports athletes, she is considered to indirectly increase the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Indian Government (GoI) awarded Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award to Saina Nehwal. Previously, the nation’s top two sports titles, namely Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Prize, were also awarded to her by the Indian Government. Nehwal is a philanthropist and ranked 18th on the list of the most charitable athletes.

The current rank in the world of the Indian badminton legend is 11th.