This was a moment for memories. Two of India’s Olympian stars in a candid conversation about being women who has shown to the word that they ‘can do it’ and that these medals are just the start of a revolution. MC Mary Kom and Sakshi Malik caught up at SheThePeople organised Young Makers Conclave and talked about everything from aloo paranthas, women power to the plight of Indian sporting infrastructure. What was the big highlight? “Women have done India proud in sport and that’s just the beginning,” said Kom, who is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
Mary Kom is a boxer from Manipur, is the only Indian to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
Sakshi Malik picked India’s first ever medal in wrestling at the #Rio2016 and says life has transformed since then. “Mujhe sabse kaafi pyaar mil raha hai. Sab mujhe jaante hai.” (I am getting a lot of love from everyone and people know me all over the country). Malik hails from Haryana, a state infamous for ill treatment of its women where the sex ratio is 879 women to every 1000 men. Malik has since become the mascot of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Badhao’ campaign (Save the girl child through education).
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sakshi won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country
Listen to this fascinating conversation between anchor Gaurav Kalra of ESPN and the two fantastic women who talk in their inimitable style. The nuanced conversation has beautiful overtones of their own individuality and both Malik and Kom shine in their own views. Malik’s Hindi and Haryanavi demeanour really has the audience cheering her and Kom’s innocence is coupled with a resolute sense of urgency to focus on women in sport. We promise you, you will love this.