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50 years of dedication to wrestling in India

DNIND5603 | 12/21/2011 | Author : Prabhakar Purandare | WC :339 | Sports

In this age when both reading habit and traditional wrestling are facing crisis from modern gizmos, ‘Bhartiya Kushi’, the only Hindi monthly on traditional Indian wrestling publishing from the city for the last 50 years, is truly a remarkable feat.
Started in 1962 by Ratan Patodi, popularly known as ‘Ratad Dada’ among sports circle, the magazine recently released its golden jubilee edition. It contains articles by well-known writers and experts from across the country on history, tradition and future of traditional Indian wrestling.
Patodi, 83, is critical of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for ignoring Indian traditional wrestling. Citing example of Japan, Ratad Dada said “Japan, whose national sport is ‘Sumo’, never compromises with their tradition. They contest on mats at international competitions but never ignore Sumo in domestic events”. Publishing and editing a magazine for five decades is not an easy task. The magazine has huge readership and subscribers in Punjab, Haryana, UP, Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan and MP. “We have over 7500 life-members in country, said Nakul Patodi, son of Ratan Dada.
Joseph S. Alter, a citizen of USA and author of ‘Wrestlers Body In North India’, has been subscribing this magazine for last 20 years. Joseph, who was awarded Ph. D by Univers ty of California on the Indian wrestling, personally visited Ratan Dada in 1992 to seek his help to complete the research for his book.
Joseph admitted he went through more than 30 editions of Bhartiya Kushti and was highly impressed by it. Two years ago, department of field director of library of Congress (USA), Fehl M.
Cannon contacted Ratan Dada to seek his permission to make available ‘Bhartiya Kushti’s editions at US Library of Congress located in Washington DC. The Library of Congress office in India also wishes to acquire and film the complete collection of Bhartiya Kushti from the inaugural to current issues. This golden jubilee edition also throws light on City’s tradition of wrestling, akharas of Holkars era, list of award and medal winning wrestlers, a brief account on famous bouts etc.

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