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Siddi Community : A Forgotten Sports Programme

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How many of we know that there is an African Tribe living in India over 200 years ? Maybe no one , same as our government who forget about the Sports  Programme  they planned in 1980s to use the strength and power  of Siddi Tribe to put India on the Global Sports Mark ,  as we all know Africans are pretty good in moreover  strength &  endurance  sports .

According to the tribals, there is a long history to their presence in India. “The Nawab of Junagadh had once visited Africa where he fell in love with an African woman. They got married and she moved to India with him , She came to India with a hundred slaves and since then we have been based in Gujarat only,”.

Courtesy : Scoopwhoop.com

Courtesy : Scoopwhoop.com





In the 1980s, spearheaded by the then sports minister Margaret Alva, the Sports Authority of India started an athletic program for the Africans, whom they saw as medal-winning hopeful . However , due to some administrative failures & political issues the whole plan get a big set back .  The  programme was a a big failure and it gets all vanished in a flash and takes away all the hopes for Siddi community to express themselves to the whole world and represent India as an Indian .

Maybe ,if the setup had gone in the right way without any issues ,  maybe we could have seen ourselves as a sporting nation in 2020s  , maybe the condition of Siddi community would have been much better then  what they are suffering  nowdays  , maybe this poor and untold  community would have express themselves  in this country  and to the world too but maybe this was never written to happen  .

India is still fighting for atleast one Gold in Olympics and mark themselves  as  a sporting nation & Siddi community are still fighting from  poverty , backwardness  &  racism they are getting  from  we  Indians  .

Hope, the things will get  good both for India & Siddi community ( The African-Indian  untold tribe).

Comment down & share your views about Siddi community !



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  1. April 6, 2017
    Siddis are well recognised by the sporting fraternity of Karnataka for over 20 years. Way back in late nineties and at the turn of the century we had many weightlifting champions from Karwar and the surrounding tribal areas who won medals at national and international level. Many of them were then employed with Karnataka State Police. We also had many athletes. Hope the government brings in some scheme to develop the talent among these humble but sturdy and healthy Siddi people. Reply
  2. April 6, 2017
    Yes, that’s why we want to share the news as much as we can ! A good Government scheme will not only help Siddi community but will help India too reaching their medal goals. Reply

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