Imran Khan- Narayanpur. The tribal children of Abujhmad in Chhattisgarh who were taught the lesson of Naxalite violence and handed over guns, Manoj Prasad, the commando of the security force, has made them the national champions of Mallakhamb in six years. Recently, in the World Championship held in Bhutan, the children of Abujhmad, representing Chhattisgarh, joined the Indian team and won three gold medals. On the other hand, in the Khelo India Games 2023 in Ujjain, the players have secured the third position by winning one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
With the zeal and enthusiasm of a constable posted in Abujhmad, the most backward and inaccessible area of Chhattisgarh, this area is getting a new identity. The players of Mallakhamb, being prepared here, have started wiping the vaccine of terror and backwardness on their forehead by winning gold medals in state and national level competitions as well as world championships. Manoj Prasad of Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh is posted as constable in Chhattisgarh Armed Forces. After being in the Special Task Force, he was posted in his original posting in the 16th Corps battalion in Narayanpur and with his hard work day and night, he is engaged in improving the lives of the tribal children of Abujhmadia and Gond tribes belonging to the Special Backward Protected Tribes community. .
Constable giving new direction to children
Manoj, who was involved in the anti-Naxal campaign more than 100 times, has now embarked on a new campaign. Away from the family, the story of a commando who has not seen the face of his parents for many years is presenting an example. Coming from remote areas of Orchha block of Narayanpur district, 60-70 children are taking training here. Many Naxal training camps are being operated in Abujhmad, known as the safe zone of Naxalites. In the recent incident in Dantewada, IG Bastar had informed about the use of minor children to carry out landmine blasts. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to bring out the talents of Abujhmad by giving a new direction to the children.
Training center opened in Narayanpur
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has also been impressed by seeing the talent of the children of the highly Naxal-affected area of Abujhmad in Mallakhamb. The Government of Chhattisgarh is also setting up Mallankhab Academy in Narayanpur district at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore. During his stay in Narayanpur, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has gone to the training center to see the talent of the children. With the help of the government and administration, training is being made available to the children in a better environment. Praising the children, Chhattisgarh Handicrafts Development Board Chairman and MLA Chandan Kashyap said that every possible help will be provided to enhance the talent of the children who spew gold from the pile of gunpowder.
So far 50 medals have come in the account of the three children who have returned from Bhutan.
Retired coach of the Sports Authority of India and State Secretary Dr. Rajkumar Sharma said that the three children who have returned from the World Championship Bhutan have so far won 50 medals. He said that 10 to 15 children of Narayanpur and Abujhmad are playing at the national level. Rakesh Varada, Mano Dhurve, Rakesh Korram, Sarita Poyam, Aayatu Korram, Shyam Lal Potai are prominently involved in these children. On the other hand, District Sports Officer Ashok Usendi told that Mallakhamb game has become very popular in Narayanpur district. Now this game is being adopted in all the district headquarters.
Bastar is considered synonymous with red terror
As soon as the name of Chhattisgarh and Bastar comes to the fore, a terrible form comes to mind. My first posting was in Sukma. At that time the condition of Sukma was also very dire. During the anti-naxal operation and patrolling in the jungle, it seemed that today is the last day of life. After serving for a long time in the Naxal-affected remote areas of Chhattisgarh, my original posting was in the 16th Corps Battalion, Narayanpur. During the Naxalite eradication campaign, seeing the tribal children in the forest, it seemed that they should not join the Naxalite ideology in future. Seeing the speed and agility of the children during the patrol, it seems that the children are wonderful. They need right direction.
The aim is to give recognition to the children of Abujhmad in the world stage
Commando Manoj Prasad said that, I have been a player of Mallakhamb, after seeing the children, it came to my mind that, thanks to Mallakhamb, they should be taken out and given a new direction to their lives. After this, I started giving Mallakhamb training to the children of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram and Pota Cabin Devgaon. After this the process went ahead and today more than 100 children are taking training. This includes 60-70 children from Naxalite affected area of Abujhmad. The family of these children did not even have a proper house to live in. Now two to three lakh rupees are in his bank account through sports. Our three children have done exceptionally well in the World Championship in Bhutan. The children of the village cut off from the country and the world are making their name famous in foreign countries. This is a matter of great pride. The government and administration are getting full help in this campaign. The children of the backward village of Abujhmad have found a new path. The children of Naxal-affected villages are getting a new identity through sports. The aim is to give recognition to the children in the world by adding them to the mainstream of the society.
Children raised in gunpowder are spewing gold
Three players from Narayanpur district have represented Chhattisgarh in the World Cup Championship. These children have brought laurels to Narayanpur and the state of Chhattisgarh by winning the gold medal in the Mallakhambam competition. Mallakhamb in Narayanpur district has a good sports environment. Keeping in view the local talents, the Chief Minister has announced the establishment of Mallakhamb Academy. The residential complex will be constructed at a cost of Rs.2 crore. Also, a coach is being appointed. The children are from the interior villages of Abujhmad. All possible help is being provided to these children from the government and administration.