December 5, 2012

India has no national game

In my earlier post, I wrote about national language of India. Today, I am writing about national game of India. In India, cricket is like a religion but hockey was considered as a national game. I am saying “considered” because hockey is NOT a national game of India. This is quite surprising; rather I say shocking because everybody learned in the school textbook that hockey is national game of India. Thanks to RTI (Right to Information) act and the girl who filed an RTI query.

VIIth class student, Aishwarya Parashar filed an RTI query requesting information on national anthem, symbol, game, bird, animal and flower. In the reply of this query, ministry of youth affairs and sports cleared that India has NO national game; this means hockey is not our national game.

Our school textbook claims that hockey is our national game. Such spreading of erroneous knowledge through the textbooks reminds me the funny sentence written on the T-shirt – “I was born intelligent but education ruined me”.


Atul D Suryavanshi said...

It is very shocking. We may have Hockey as our National Game but it may not be written in any Government Document or Official Gazette. Under RTI Act Government. Official shall provide all available information but HE SHALL NOT CREATE IT. Hence the possibility is that in RTI answer due to non avaibility of any document regarding Hockey as National Game it came that we do not have HOCKEY as NATIONAL GAME.

But if it is not so, then it is not only very shocking but shameful.

Many thanks to Little RTI Activist and YOU for bringing it in public Notice.

Atul Suryavanshi, Advocate

Tushar Chaudhari said...

Hi Atul,

Thank you for quick and nice comment.


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