Hockey is the new revolution in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon village. The area maybe Naxal-dominated, but a few tribal girls are fighting guns with hockey sticks and thus creating all the buzz.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP instructors are training these young girls in hockey. “When sir asked us would you play hockey, we said we will play. Now, they have been giving training to us. We are preparing ourselves for state-level tournaments,” said Chandrika, a hockey player, The Week reported. The area is in bad shape because of the Naxal dominance.

Working tirelessly towards their aim, another player, Dineshwari, said “I play hockey and I am a goalkeeper. Earlier, we used to play Kabaddi here after which a hockey team was formed and now we are trained by two teachers.”

That’s not all! The team recently participated in a competition and came second overall

Their dream is to fly high. By securing the second position in a competition, these tribal girls have accomplished a major feat. Even though they lack basic facilities in the strife-torn village, hockey is just the training that they need to prove their potential.

With tribal children have always been the soft target of Naxals, now that the girls have stood up against guns, the encouragement is crucial to bring the much-needed change. By doing well in the sport, the girls can end the dominance of the Naxalites and forge a path of progress.

READ: India Women’s Hockey Team Makes Historic Pitch In World Cup

A protest that was started as a positive move, became a platform for the youngsters to prove their mettle.

Kudos to the girls!

Feature Image Credit: ANI

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