Wrestlers train at New Delhi’s Guru Munni Akhara. The International Olympic Committee this week revised its decision to eliminate wrestling from the list of Olympic sports. Its reinstatement in the 2020 Games is being celebrated in India, which recently won individual Olympic medals in the sport. Wrestling or kushti is, in fact, considered more than a mere sport in the country, where it is practised in akharas under the tutelage of a guru. The soil of the akhara is considered sacred by the pehalwans, who rub their heads and bodies with it before they begin their session.1
Shyam Rudra Pathak has been protesting outside the Congress headquarters in Delhi for over six months, demanding the use of Hindi in the High Court and Supreme Court. Pathak is arrested every night, taken to Tughlaqabad Police Station and released the following morning. He chooses to protest at 24 Akbar Road because he hopes India’s ruling party will take notice sooner or later
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