Silver lining in a thankless profession

Winners of the Ekalavya Award with the Director-General of Police, T.S. Madiyal (sitting left).

Winners of the Ekalavya Award with the Director-General of Police, T.S. Madiyal (sitting left).  

EKALAVYA IN the Mahabharatha was an expert archer but the ones who have received the award named after him, excel in other skills. Furthermore, they are all men in uniform. We are only referring to the police personnel who were conferred with the Ekalavya Sports Award recently by the State Government.

Nine personnel - five women and four men - were among those honoured. And most of them, we find, got the award for excelling in "kabaddi" and "kho-kho". Although we must add that among them there is also a top-notch power lifter, a fencer, and a wrestler.

The awards were given away by the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, last month and the nine were later felicitated by the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police (DG&IGP), T. Madiyal, for bringing "great recognition and glory to the department". But we began with "kho-kho" so let us get right back into the game, to put in the words of Shantha Gadakeri of Belgaum. When she is not policing, this constable plays "kho-kho" very well. She has represented the State at six Senior National Kho-Kho Championships and four national games. L. Mayamma, head constable from Bangalore, is a "kabaddi" player. According to a press note from the DGP's office, she has represented the State at nine National Kabaddi Championships and at three National Games.

Now, for the quartet of men. B. Venkatesh, constable and a Bangalorean, is a "kabaddi" player. He has represented the State 10 times at the National `kabaddi' championship and three times in National Games. He has participated four times in the Federation Cup "kabaddi"championships and represented the State police at the All India Police Games for seven years in a row. His colleague T.R. Rohit Gangadhar is into fencing. He has represented India five times at International Fencing competitions and contested at many National and Senior National games for Karnataka. R. Tulasidas, an ardent "kho-kho" player, is a member of the State team and has played in Senior National championships, as well as many editions of the National Games.

Like him, R. Velan of Wireless wing, is a "kho-kho" player with national and State-level exposure. But Mahadeva Gavade of Davangere is one constable who believes in living life hands on. He is a wrestler who has competed at national and zonal-level competitions and done rather well. But then he will certainly be handy to have around, won't he?

Divya Sreedharan

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