In modern India women are no more an entity supposed to be confined to the door of our house. Indian women are bringing laurels to our country be it Kalpna Chawla the great astronaut or Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj known for their leadership quality. We can’t forget the nightingales of India, Lata Mangeshkar and Alka Yagnik known for their dexterity in singing. But when we start counting the number of women who are really international well known personalities the total number hardly tends to be a two digit number.
Our country we have not been encouraging women in sports from very beginning. Still our society is in a way male dominated. Women are supposed to be spectators of the game rather than players and when the world cup matches or other important matches start the control of remote control of television get fixed to the male member of a family till the end date of the match series.
Our social mental set up has get fixed that outdoor games are meant for male and female should be confined to indoor games. I have seen myself that it’s natural for parents to buy indoor game items for girls and outdoor game item for their male children when they go market to buy toys for their children. It is the very stage from where we start encouraging our males of society for outdoor games and female for indoor games or keep themselves entertaining with dolls. This simply depicts our social attitude and we still don’t consider female fit for outdoor games as they lack aggression.
It is the time to change social attitude towards the women and encourage them to play and participate in indoor as well as outdoor games. I think parents and our media can play very vital role for encouraging women for equal participation in games. We need to change our mindset and attitude.
Till now actually what is encouraging and good to see is the emergence of women like Sania Mirza and Shaina Nehwal as world level champion of their respective games. This shows attitude of our society is changing but too slower. We need to make more movies like “Chak De India” to encourage woman game spirit. Though majority of us have started realizing need for educating girl child to make them self dependent and skilled yet most of us don’t realize the need of encouraging our girl child to bring to the sports’ arena. Sports will ultimately bring confidence in woman society which is required urgently for a better India.