India recorded their best-ever performance at the Olympics last year. Great! For me, though, the number of medals we won did not matter as much as the women champions, who come from a different socio-economic strata.
They broke out of the conventional upbringing, fought their way to the top and managed to create history. Yes, I’m talking about MC Mary Kom and badminton ace Saina Nehwal. Theirs, sure, are no rags-to-riches stories but inspiring ones nevertheless.
Many believed that after becoming a mother, Mary Kom would not be able to create the magic in the ring. But ‘Magnificent Mary’ proved her critics wrong. The pugilist punched her way through to Olympic glory. Mother Courage!
What’s heart-warming is that Mary is still as humble as she ever was.
At one press meet, she couldn’t hide her tears when she spoke about her struggle and the support of her family. The mother of two was overwhelmed by the media attention she received.
Similar is the story of Saina Nehwal. She was written off even before she landed in London. But she did not give up hope. She admitted that a walkover was not the way through which she wanted to win a medal but anyone who saw that bronze medal play-off match would agree that it was a close call. For the country, it is the beginning of a glorious new chapter. We are capable of producing women who are competent enough to win us medals. This is no feminist propaganda, but as a woman I’m proud of these two ladies. I wish them luck.
I hope 2013 will see the rise of many such talented women. For me, India will be shinning then.