SDP – an effective intervention in tackling youth development issues

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (2009) enacted by the Parliament of India while making (elementary) education a fundamental right to every child between the age of six and fourteen, laid emphasis on the importance of quality physical education and sports for an all-round development of a child. The Act also directed the schools to provide children with access to playgrounds and recreational facilities. This could be a significant step towards integrating sports and physical activities into school curricula, if the ambitious policy is implemented in both letter and spirit. Despite significant positive effects on the social, mental, physical and intellectual health of an individual, sport/physical activity, by and large, remains at the bottom of the priority list of both, policy makers and school/collage curriculum. Continue reading

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Athletes and their social responsibilities – Is it too much to ask our sportspersons to invest back into the society?

Two mega sport events, namely the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games, organized at a close interval, movies centered around sports and sportspersons, franchise leagues of different sports, and most recently, Satyamev Jayate’s production highlighting the significance and power of sports to positively change lives of many, all together have generated a major interest in and shifted the attention to disciplines other than cricket, and rightly so. Continue reading

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Should India Host Mega Sport Events?

The 17th Asian Games is underway in Incheon, South Korea. Numerous other mega sporting events took place in last few months across the globe and another few are scheduled for coming months, both in the developed as well as developing economies. Earlier, India’s interest in bidding for 2019 Asian Games was renewed, only to finally miss out the deadline for proposal submission. Continue reading

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Parking vs. Playground

“We are more concerned about having parking spaces than playgrounds. As society we are pushing our children towards physical inactivity.”

Talking about how sports promote healthy behaviour, one of the panelists at the 2014 Next Step Conference held earlier this year, showed us the brutal side of development. In our pursuit of a “better” life we have compromised on our “healthy” life. Continue reading

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India’s cricket diplomacy in Afghanistan: Sports as an unifier

On Aug 19 this year Afghanistan celebrated its 94th Independence Day. A few days prior to this, the Indian government announced an approval of US$ 1 million for constructing a cricket stadium in Afghanistan.

The fund granted under the Indian government’s Small Development Project Scheme will help aid the Afghans in setting up a stadium in Aino Mina, a northern suburb of Kandahar city. Continue reading

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