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Updated: May 9, 2012 02:21 IST

The Hindu readers come to the aid of indigent archer

Ipsita Pati
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Nisha Rani Dutta. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
Nisha Rani Dutta. Photo: Manob Chowdhury

Nisha Rani Dutta, the indigent former national archer who was forced to sell her silver bow, on Tuesday received a cheque for Rs.20,000 from The Hindu readers, who were moved by her plight after her story hit the headlines recently.

Ms. Dutta, 21, has two sisters dependant on her. Her mother and father are in their seventies. “It is difficult for my father to buy seeds for farming. We never had enough food to have a square meal. I applied to the Jharkhand government for the post of constable, but I was not selected as I was considered over-qualified… I applied for jobs in the Railways, banks and the State police, where I would have had a chance of taking part in sporting events, but I failed…”

She wondered why the government was having sports quotas when it did not select sportspersons like her.

“I had requested the State government to give me support so that I may train in archery at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, to get a good job to support my family. However, Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mehto, who also holds the Sports portfolio, was unable to offer me any help,” Ms. Dutta told The Hindu. “When I participated in events for the country, nobody recognised me. I felt disappointed, and I decided to sell my bow as I had no options left.”

Born in a farming family of Patamda in Jamshedpur district, Ms. Dutta quit archery two years ago owing to poverty. She won a silver medal at the 2008 South Asian Federation Championship in Jharkhand, a bronze medal at the 2006 Bangkok Grand Prix, and the Best Player Award in the 2007 Asian Grand Prix in Taiwan. Her house collapsed during last year's monsoon. “I required money to repair it, which compelled me to sell my silver bow.” She failed even to secure a bank loan to pursue sports education as neither she nor her family members had enough land, and no guarantor.

This email is from Ottawa, Canada and is for the management. I would like to help this deserving lady by a small amount. Space here does not permit me to say quite a few things I would like to say. As such, perhaps, someone from the staff of The Hindu could, please, contact me.

from:  Kishore Arora
Posted on: May 10, 2012 at 07:14 IST

It is a real pity that Mayawati built a house for 86 crores with government funds, but a national sports person got only Rs.20,000. How can we help??

from:  Srini Siva
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 22:16 IST

Is there any info or address that is available to help this talented young lady. It will be of great help if Hindu publishes an address that can help directly the person. Thanks.

from:  raj
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 21:05 IST

Murtuza, The Hindu readers did not ask her to pose. Probably Hindu paper or the journalist would have done so.

from:  Mrinall Sen
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 20:39 IST

Hello Hindu, This is pathetic that our talents get wasted like this....I would like to make a contribution for this young intelligent lady. Please let me know how I can acheive same.

from:  Hema Suryapalam
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 20:35 IST

I am from Ranchi, now in Bangalore. But I will tell you this. When this talent archer has to sell her silver bow for a paltry sum to repair her house, the Govt of Jharkhand has donated land worth crores to Dhoni to build a house in Ranchi. Dhoni even doesn't live there and visits his lavish home complete with swimming pool not very frequently. I mentioned 'swimming pool' because people in the area where his house is face water shortage problem. Jharkhand Govt again promised to donate land to Dhoni to fulfill his dream to set up his Cricket academy. And do I have to remind people how much Dhoni earns in a year?... A staggering Rs 50+ crore annually! Funny, Jharkhand Govt has millions and billions to donate to super rich but can't even afford to give a job to talented but hungry sports person in sports quota! I feel SO lucky to be an Indian!

from:  Ranjan A
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 18:52 IST

It's very shame on the state goverment who are not supporting their own sport person who has bring loyals to state and country. Companies like MRF,SAHARA,HERO etc should sponsor and support sport persons Nisha other cricket.

from:  Bhanu
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 18:14 IST

Though a laudable job was done by vivid readers of "The Hindu", the amount collected is not enough in our ever spiraling economy. Through sport quota, the Ministry has to secure a job for her (sports people). Ministry of Sports has to encourage talent in all Sports then only then we can dream of having more awardees. Though for sure there is talent in country of 120 Crore people, but only it's not encouraged or being directed. Also should not there be a public disclosure of the people names in all departments (where sport quota is being awarded) with a reason why they have been awarded or else the quota is just being used by people with power to help their own kith and kin.

from:  Kiran
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 18:10 IST

The noble deed from The Hindu readers would have become nobler, if she was not made to pose herself displaying the check.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 17:38 IST

Structured approach in the state to nurture Sports talent does not exist. What Sport portfolio in the Government does? If someone wants to peruse career in sport then there is no information available to such talents. This is an example of why our country falls behind the medal tally in International level games.

from:  Ajay
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 17:34 IST

We have heard of and seen many things everywhere that should suffice to kill the human race with shame. Luckily shame is not there. Adam & Eve left it behind when ousted from Eden. Our Dalmias, Manmohans, Mundas, Dhonis & tendulkars are happy with what they have got in lieu of the shame. They do not need nor have a fig for themselves and cannot spare one for the less fortunate. The only option to cure humanity of its ills, could have been abolition of the concept of property but that is impossible.

from:  Gunjan Sinha
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 17:33 IST

Here comes the ground reality of Indian system where talents and qualities are crushed. I don't know why the government is so ruthless in providing support to people like Nisha who has imparted her talent in bringing name to country meanwhile received poverty as the gift and blessing. Really feel bad and ashamed for such a big indifference planted by government.

from:  Sripati
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 17:30 IST

A sick of heart story !!! This shows that our government does not value true struggling atheletes who are in desperate need of support. Shame on the Government and Good Job Hindu !!! Government and we must also stop blindly following cricketers who earn tons whereas must try and enhance the careers of the atheletes who rot like this due to overlooking of such ministers !!!

from:  Anand Deshpande
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 15:37 IST

What a shame to see talented sports persons to be left alone to toil. The Ministry for Sport should be ashamed of the news. India should close this department from their portfolio; as I see that other than CRICKET, India does not recognize anything as sports. To see people like her fall through the net, it is very obvious to say that it is a total failure of our system. One side, cricketers get a hefty package. Also the board earns heavily through various sources and is rich. Why can't this money re-directed to develop other sports? Further I wonder where all the money allocated for sports in our annual budget is going? So it is not just Ministry of Sports, but also Finance Ministry needs to be blamed. Banks which have become bureaucratic in nature - should stop just following books and policies blindly; and give some weight-age to their brain power, where we are differentiated. Suggest The Hindu publish to whom or in which account amount can be paid to help her.

from:  Bala Viswanathan
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 15:27 IST

In this country being born as a poor is a sin

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 15:17 IST

Oh She doesn't play cricket! or dance in in films! She is not wanted by the ruling class, media and even the masses.

from:  varun
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 15:10 IST

If THE HINDU sets up a fund to assist this lady , readers from all over
other regions also will send money , I am sure . There is no news in the
pages about the collection of such fund . That is why , may be only Rs
20,000-00 only could be collected from Jharkand region where THE HINDU
has very less circulation . I suggest The Hindu to publish to whom or
in which account more money could be sent to help this archer . More
money can be collected in that case . Rs 20,000 is a paltry sum .

from:  Ragavan
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 14:28 IST

Good job "The Hindu", for doing what the govt should have done a long ago, though it is a small atonement for seemingly large contingent of such poor amateur sports persons in this country.... and we have the audacity to wonder why we don't get a medal in Olympics! Sports ministry can get out of 'whether or not Bharat Ratna to cricketeers' issue and concentrate on all sports with the aim of developing sports-fitness culture rather than sports-money culture.

from:  Sarma
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 13:43 IST

I'm glad that a hindu reader contributed rs.20k to her. Famous sports personalities like Sachin and also big money making leagues like IPL should form a academy/NGO to support other sports. Cricket is the biggest sport in India and it should also support other sports

from:  daniel
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 12:17 IST

I wonder where all the money allocated for sports is going to??? It is a shame readers of The Hindu need to bail her out-when she should not be in this position in the first place.

from:  Vikram Niranjan
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 11:50 IST

It is sad to see the way we treat our sports person.Cricket is being touted as the most glamorous sport but there are other sports as well.Indeed Sad.

from:  Shiva Mudgil
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 11:47 IST

While it is nice to read about the contribution of Rs 20,000 by the readers of Hindu it is disappointing that while these readers opened their hearts they did not open their wallets. A contribution of Rs 5000 ( I made directly) each would have provided a decent amount to the family.I think Hindu should pursue this aggressively and shame the powers that be as well as the corporate world to look beyond their nose.It is shame that in a country where the rich can throw Rs 20,000 for a lavish dinner for 2 can't support a nationally recognized sportsperson selling her trophy to finance her needs.

from:  Dilip. Mahanty
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 11:14 IST

That the story of many sports ! And a big initiative from Hindu to support such sportsperson. Only if she was in some popular sport or would have won a medal recently then she could have got the attention. Many good previous boxers are also facing the same fate.
Hope the government open up there eyes to the other stars of India too. and that will promote the other sports !!

from:  Vivin
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 10:22 IST

Hindu readers are great patriots,truly and proudly Indians.
Hindu journal has a rich legacy and it reflects the quality of the readers it has got all these years ever since it was started by nationalist stalwarts.Congrualation to the Hindu and the donor as well
on behalf of the Hindu Readers Circle on line.

from:  Dharmapuri K.Bala Sundram
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 09:42 IST

If people like her fall through the net, obviously, there is total system failure. Can we not nurture raw talent? She is an uncut diamond - still time to restore her lustre, to former glory, and even to a higher plane.

from:  shiva
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 07:20 IST

i don't know why the Government are wasting the talents even knowing that a talent is there. The Government don't want to bring justice with the sports but prejudice.

from:  Gaurav Kumar
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 06:10 IST

What a shame that a talented athlete is left to rot like this. I am glad Hindu readers have sent her some assistance, but she really needs a good job and facilities for more training. The Sports Ministry should be ashamed of themselves. Even now it is not too late - they should act quickly and find her something!

from:  SS
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 05:24 IST

A pathetic story of the indifferent shameless attitude of the people at the helms to display their moral bankrupcy by remaining insensitive to serve the people who are in distress. In this case, the former promising sports personality’s tale reminds one that the divide between those who have and those who don’t, even in the field of sports, sows the seeds of frustration, negligence causing an unhealthy social imbalance. True, the much celebrated sports icons have made India proud, hence they deserve everything they get, but look at Nisha Rani, at age 21 she has to abandon her dream just because of her economically challenged situation. Her eyes speak but the power hungry politicians turn a deaf ear; it is a national shame of a gigantic proportion. Commendable job by the readers of the esteemed newspaper The Hindu in coming forward to highlight this silent tragedy.

from:  kalyan
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 03:09 IST
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