Even as India hails the Olympic bronze medal won by Manipur's Mary Kom, one cannot help but wonder whether this win will go some way in breaking stereotypes about the North East region in general and the North Eastern women in particular.
CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose posed the question to a panel of experts on her show, Face The Nation.
Sagarika Ghose: Hi there. Yes, India has fallen in love with Boxing champion MC Mary Kom. As a newspaper put it this morning, she may have lost her bout yesterday but she has won all our hearts. The new Amul advertisement even says Ham kisi se Kom nahin as its new line. Mary Kom has got an Olympic bronze medal. Can the success of Mary Kom break the stereotypes that the rest of the country holds about the North East in general and of North East women in particular, we're exploring that question tonight.
Joining us tonight, Binalakshmi Nepram, Manipuri activist and writer. Kiran Bedi, Former IPS officer, she is in fact joining us as an avatar of Tennis Champion, she has won Asian Lawn Tennis Championship in 1972. She has also served in Mizoram as DIG police. Joining us Diana Eduljee, Former Indian Test Cricketer and Madhu Kishwar, Professor of CSDS....more
10:36 AM, Aug 10, 2012