Asian Life & Times - SALT
The Olympics have come
and gone, with their highs and lows, leaving many of us with Olympic
Withdrawal. Life suddenly came to a standstill. We all had our Olympic
moments – mine was when Yogeshwar Dutt won his bronze in 60 kg freestyle
wrestling. It was the manner of his win that made it memorable.
He fought five opponents that day – three
in quick succession - in less than an hour before his bout for the bronze.
As he stood in the red corner, his eye
badly bruised and swollen, ready to take on the North Korean Jong Myong Ri,
he was prepared for the finest bout of his life. In the third and final
round, Yogeshwar twirled Jong Myong on the mat with lightning speed that
left the North Korean stunned. Points rolled in faster than the twirls – and
the medal was his.
Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners.
Afghanistan won a bronze in taekwondo. What was
extraordinary was the fact that Afghanistan sent a small contingent of six
athletes and came back with one medal – these are extraordinary statistics.
One medal : six athletes! This was way ahead of Great Britain’s 1 medal : 9
athletes and not too far behind USA’s 1 medal : 5 athletes. Well done
Mary Kom was the other amazing story of 2012
Olympics. A petite 29-year-old mother-of-two from Manipur won a bronze in
the first ever women’s boxing event. And what was more endearing was – how
in all humility she apologised to the nation for not bringing home the gold.
Mary – the colour was not important – you did the country proud! You are the
While we are feting Mary and Saina – the two women
medal winners – there are countless women in the country suffering sexual
abuse in some form or the other, every day. And these crimes are on the
rise. We need men to speak out publicly against such violations. Sushil
Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vijender Singh – our new sport icons – could be
invaluable in spreading the message that Real Men don’t violate women. I
hope one day they’ll be the Real Heroes to the cause of women.
At last – the Western
Ghats have the umbrella they needed. Thanks to the efforts of the former
Minister for Environment – Mr Jairam Ramesh - the Western Ghats now have the
status of a World Heritage Site. That’s good news for the flora and fauna of
We have made an effort to introduce you,
our readers, to some of the dwellers of this truly evergreen magical haven.
Wishing all our readers a Happy Eid, a Prosperous
Diwali, a Merry Christmas, and a Joyful 2013.
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