Remember the GK classes in school where you had diligently studied that the national game of India is Hockey? You’ll be shocked if I tell you, it was probably one of the biggest lies you ever believed. After reading this article, you’ll come to know that your whole life has been a lie and neither Hockey nor Cricket is the national sport of India.
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Why do people think that hockey is the national game of India?
In India, Hockey is popularly regarded as the national game of India because of India’s dominance on the international stage. However, no one knows precisely that the game is formally declared as the national game of India?
India has a massive population of more than 136 crores, the second largest populated country in the world, next to China. Unlike other countries, India comprises hundreds of ethnicities with different traditions, food habits, cultures, and languages. There are 28 states and 8 Union Territories in India, and each one of the states has a diverse demographic. While the North-eastern States of India, like Manipur, Mizoram, and Shillong, is known predominantly for football and or sometimes the football factory of India.
When it goes to big states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamilnadu, you’ll find people who love cricket. Meanwhile, you’ll also find people very interested in playing Hockey, Kabadi, in some Northern states of India like Punjab, Haryana, and Odisha.
All these factors make a perplexing situation for the governing body to decide which game could be the national game of India. Besides, we, the people of India, firmly believed that “the unity in diversity” holds the integrity of the country, and at any cost, we’ll maintain the unity.
As per the Times of India report, in 2012, once ten-year-old Aishwarya Parashar filed an RTI to confirm her doubts about the national game of India. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports swiftly response to her query and confirmed that it had not declared any official sport of play as the national game of India.
Now we live in 2021, and still, we don’t have any game as the national game of India like Baseball for America.
After reading this article, you realized that you’re living in a country where there is no national game. From now on, you must have come to agree that all of your life has been a lie thinking that hockey is the national sport of India.
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