Twitter exploded in a flurry of congratulations as ace shuttler P V Sindhu stormed into the final of badminton. Only yesterday, Sakshi Malik won India’s first bronze at the Rio Olympics in wrestling category. Country’s wonder girls have forced many to take back their words. Only a week back, some of the leading columnists spoke sarcastically about our athletes. These girls don’t need the patronising sentiments of “Raksha Bandhan” or any other celebration that requires male sustenance. They have beaten back the accident of birth – in Haryana and Punjab, feeding the female newborn a pinch of salt so she dies of her own accord is common practice.
Just listen to the stories of these women who never let the years and years of poverty daunt their spirit. Their fierce determination to succeed has made each of them a winner, medal or no medal. Dipa Karmakar, 23, who lost the bronze in the gymnastics vault by a whisker, says she’s now determined to win in the next Olympics.