Top 30 Under 30: This Phogat sister wants to put gender bias on the mat
In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Ritu Phogat.ht youth forum 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 17:44 IST
The sister act: Ritu Phogat, 24, Bhiwani
One of the famous Phogat sisters who inspired the biopic ‘Dangal’, Ritu bagged a gold in the Commonwealth Championship, and brought home a bronze in the Asian Championship held this year. A go-getter, this girl with a disarmingly charming smile, is known for her brilliant tackles on the mat. In December 2016, she became the most expensive female wrestler at the Pro Wrestling League auction, bagging a ₹36 lakh INR contract with the Jaipur Ninjas franchise.
Secret sauce: Hard work, hard work and more hard work. “My father has taught us that hard work empowers you to take on anyone in the world.”
Inspiration: “My father Mahavir Singh Phogat is my inspiration. What I am today is all because of him.”
Challenges facing India: “We are plagued by the curse of unemployment, corruption and crimes against women. If these areas are taken care of, India will soon be a developed country. Gender inequality is also the bane of our country. We cannot progress until we have a more gender-neutral nation.”
Uplifting feature: “India is a perfect example of unity in diversity. It makes my heart swell with pride when I see people of different religions and cultures living together happily. This is a big blessing. I am also very proud of India’s progress in various fields like art, cinema, entertainment and sports.”
The road ahead: “I am preparing for the world championship to be held in July this year.”
As an agent of change: “It will be great if I can make a difference to the society in any way. I would love to campaign against various social evils. By excelling in my field, I hope I am setting an example for other budding sportspersons.”
By the way: When not practicing on the mat, Ritu enjoys listening to music. Third of the legendary Phogat sisters, she also enjoys spending time with her siblings.
To know about the other achievers click here