Comments on: A punch in the face of Indian women Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tarun Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:08:08 +0000 Hi All,

The news is true…yes they were made to do these stuff.

Please remember they are there to punch, to beat the hell out of another competitor, not to be mother or sisters.

By: kaka Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:56:06 +0000 I agree with the author. What part of a sports person that you geniuses don’t understand? Those women are there to train for boxing and they should be made to sweat it out in the ring…not wash dishes or host friggin pot bellys. I guess all this talk of ‘what’s wrong with it?’ comes from a perspective of favors being done on them women. Anyhow I have to ask, why did these boxers submit? Oh th irony!

By: vivek Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:20:04 +0000 Interestingly, only in india we think doing these small chores as insulting. In the west people just do it as part of job. but having said that the general condition of non cricket sports is pathetic in india.

i am not saying these ladies should do dishes but generally sports is underfunded with lazy politicians heading those portfolios. not to mention the corrupt officials. plus the feminists in india are focussed elsewhere. women boxers are mostly from north east. how much has india done to improve north eastern states ?

By: Fabs Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:57:41 +0000 Hi,

Mr. Gill has a point. This may be a normal courtesy extended to distinguished guests.

Therefore the ‘women boxers’as quoted above can extend abnormal courtesy to non-distinguished guests by boxing them up :) This will give all a fitting reply to all their detractors.

This courtesy can include the bad people who trouble us – Snakes, Politicians, Terrorists, Hate-mongers and other poisonous reptiles.

Let’s ask Hindustan Times to cover activities where Mums, Wives, Sisters, Daughters (Women Boxers at Home) have actually been boxing the ears of their siblings, spouses and children – not to mention their in-laws and outlaws.

Maybe the author of this Blog will feel better and will subsequently write another posting highlighting the plight of those that faced the wrath of the dreaded ‘Women Boxer’!!!

I hope my wife does not read this or there might be a sparring match at home and a whole lotta boxing.

But, seriously, I recommend all boxers hear the song from Simon and Garfunkel called “The Boxer” on Boxing Day.

By: Johny Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:17:14 +0000 Dear:

I agree with you. But…. When it comes to sports, Indians have an inferiority complex. Sadly, Indians are at the end of the list in all sports except cricket. Indians make a big deal out of cricket because it is the only one they got to show off. (I am not forgetting the gold medal in shooting, but shooting, by virtue, can not be a popular sport). So, may be you should tell these athletes (both gender) that an Asian medal is not the end of the path, but only a small prize on the way! Do you think an Olympic gold medalist will be washing dishes? By the way, the “Indians” include you and me!

By: Atish Wed, 12 Aug 2009 01:47:22 +0000 This is demeaning and outright insult to sports persons.

The minister MS Gill should be made to wash the dishes and serve the guests as he is a public servant not the boxers.

By: Rohit Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:31:52 +0000 Why do you want to create a controversy out of nothing?

By: rajeev Tue, 11 Aug 2009 19:49:18 +0000 Rina Chandran:

First off, you have not provided enough news/links to comment. All that is available is a HT link, wherein it is mentioned ‘our report” –where is that. where is the link to the photographs?

From the HT link:
“Unfortunately, the news report and photographs —published in the Hindustan Times last month—about World Boxing Champi-onship bronze medallist Renu Gora being made to wash utensils and serve tea to officials and visiting journalists at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, failed to make a difference.”—being made to wash? –really? seems like reporter trying to say being made as slaves.

I have equal problem with your article providing insufficient news and the exagerated language of the HT news.

Can you put your neck on the block to say “it is clear that no male boxer helped female boxer in doing the “demeaning job”.” I am not supporting this, but this is true for many non-sports areas too–remember jaspal bhatti show on Ph.Ds? The difference is the male Ph.D. was helping the boss to do unrelated jobs (and happens in reality too) –o the difference is a man is being exploited there—so it is a comedy show.

Also no idea what anti-cricket stuff his doing here?

Having said that, I will add that it is not that big of problem to say “A punch in the face of Indian women”. There perhaps are bigger and real issues that women really want to be blogged in Reuters. This news is worth the news in HT and any national newspapers and not big enough for blogging.

By: Aaruni Upadhyay Tue, 11 Aug 2009 15:07:21 +0000 Ok its not appreciable.. but seriously where do you get these topics from?

By: Dara Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:55:12 +0000 Compare this with the chest thumping we do over having a woman President, leader of the Congress party et al. The aam aurat doesn’t even exist for our distinguished ministers, be they guests or otherwise.