Dr. Mubeena Ramzan: First Kashmiri woman to feature among world’s 500 most influential Muslims

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, She stands ups for all women” -Maya Angelou

 

They say when women support each other, incredible things happen. And one such incredible thing just happened in our land of paradise; Dr. Mubeena Ramzan became the first Kashmiri women to feature among world’s 500 most influential Muslims. The above quote is absolutely true for her; she gave life to the quoted words.

 

Dr. Mubeena Ramzan created history and is truly inspiring for all the women in Kashmir. She was born in Sopore in district Baramulla and did her initial schooling from Islamia High School, Baramulla. There, she was taught Islamiyat, Arabic and Hindi which helped her to broaden her thought process. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and after that she completed my B.Ed, Masters degree and Research from University of Kashmir (KU). As a scholar, her research on Kashmiri Society and its social evils made her realise she must do something to mitigate the crisis. And that’s when the idea of quitting lectureship came up. She then started Jamia Islamia Mahdul Muslimat under the aegis of Mahdul Muslimat Educational Trust in 2002. She has come a long way from a rented building in Sopore to purchase a land and built a proper girls-only seminary-cum-skill school.

 

She is a firm believer of ‘Empowered women empower women’ and real empowerment comes from imparting education and skills. This is the main objective she wanted to inculcating education with Islamic integration and imparting skills among women which will boost their confidence to face different realities of life. She had realised that women need to be aware why education is important and how it can help them to remove injustice and inequalities. Empowerment acts as a powerful tool especially for women to break the barriers that are made by the society. And the school that she has started is the perfect place to make it happen. Besides the teaching of religious text the school imparts worldly education too. In 2013, Dr. Muneeba called a meet of women from different walks of the life where they all decided to have some welfare initiatives and after a year in March 2014 “Ansar-un-Nissa” formed.  This welfare body aimed to help the needy, would-be brides, widows, orphans, etc. This is one of the most remarkable work she has ever done.

The road to success is not a bed of roses, there are many challenges that she faced. She was opposed by so-called Moulvis for starting girls only style institute called Madrassa as it was destroying their ego that how a female can run a Madrassa. But all thanks to efforts now their perception has changed.

She has left no stone unturned to have a balanced approach where woman and man both would take care of their roles and responsibilities. We salute this lady for her outstanding contribution for our valley and inspiring all the young girls and women of Kashmir.

 

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Jabeena Akhter: The Personification of Women Empowerment in Jammu and Kashmir

Over a period of time, women and girls in our beautiful Jammu and Kashmir have been able to witness and experience the joy of playing in a team or achieving a personal best in sports. Women like Ankita Raina and Afshan Ashiq have proved that their background, however troublesome, is in the past is not a hindrance for their future. And young girls like Tajammul Islam have proved that no matter the age, gender or background- sports are a medium of empowerment for everyone. Women and girlsa like them have made females performing in sports a common sight. Their achievements give us a chance to celebrate the rising number of females players in all the sports.

 

Meet and Greet Jabeena Akhter- Kashmir’s first female Wushu Champion

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Let us all celebrate the achievements of Kashmir’s first female Wushu Champion, JABEENA AKHTER. Though, Jabeena grew up in an environment which restrains girls from dreaming big but the fierce player knew no boundaries. She is a bronze medallist in the Wushu International Championship, held in Armenia last year (2017) making her the first Kashmiri woman champion in this form of martial art. Jabeena’s preferred martial art form is popularly known as Chinese Kungfu and is a full contact sport.

 

 

Inspiration for a career in Wushu

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Jabeena began her career with playing cricket but chose Wushu as her profession. Why?

She says that she plays cricket because she loves it, and on the other hand, after taking inspiration from wrestler Geeta Phogat, she found a driving passion towards Wushu. For Jabeena, Wushu is a game of power, strength and flexibility, and most precisely, a way to make one (especially girls) safe.

She started playing in 2007 and made her way through the state, national and then to the international level competitions.

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Jabeena as a coach

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Akhter hails from a small village Qazipora at Tangmarg district of Baramulla and is the General Secretary of Wushu Association in Baramulla district. She’d set up this academy with the idea to make girls strong and give them a safer environment. Jabeena loves serving as a coach to a game she is highly passionate about. Her initiative has introduced the benefits of the game to girls. It has improved the number of girl participants in Wushu which was comparatively low earlier. At her Wushu Academy, girls train in a strengthening environment which was a big challenge at other sports academies of Jammu and Kashmir.

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However, the biggest challenge as a coach is to overcome social barriers and financial crunches. She confesses to have not been able to participate in Hong Kong in 2017 due to financial issues. But it did not break her. She says that her priority is not only to succeed but also so to depart as much knowledge about the game as she can.

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Jabeena is currently working hard for the International Wushu Championship next year, slated to be held in China later in November. We at New Age Kashmir wish her all the luck and hope that the state will look into the financial matters of her academy which will ultimately help her perform well in her personal performances. We are proud of her valour to face the odds and inspire more girls to take up wushu as a career. Jabeena Akhter is the personification of empowerment for the girls of Jammu and Kashmir and a big reason of pride for the country. Kudos to her!

Isha Sharma: New Age of Taekwondo in Jammu and Kashmir

New Age of Taekwondo in Jammu and Kashmir

“One of the greatest gifts of the martial arts is that they ultimately guide us to new levels of spirituality.”Joseph Cardillo

Many sports have gained popularity in Jammu & Kashmir recently. It is not just restricted to only fun, but also creates a feeling of passion and determination and help to grow as an individual. One or the other Kashmiri youth is in the headlines always and making the entire nation proud on National and International platforms. Champions like Roopali S, Shivani Charak,etc. have risen in flourishing colors with the flowing spirit of sports in Jammu and Kashmir. Keeping the fame and game on in Cricket, Table Tennis, Football and Basketball, youth is creating their names in Martial Arts also. It is much more than a sport and its benefits are numerously improving the physical and mental health. Especially for girls, it creates a feeling of self-dependence in them.

To promote Martial Arts, Our Army organizes Kashmir Taekwondo Championships every year. Players from districts like Bandipora, Srinagar, and Baramulla participated voluntarily and showed their talent. It is so motivating to see that people actually understand the importance of sports and are encouraging each other.

 

Many champions from Kashmir have created history in Taekwondo. Atul Pangotra, A Taekwondo Coach has led Indian Taekwondo team in 18th Asian Games 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the only Indian who is a core member of Asian Taekwondo Union, Asian Taekwondo Poomsae committee and Referee Chairman Taekwondo Federation of India and Vice Chairman Poomsae Committee.  He is the first official of Taekwondo from Jammu and Kashmir who participated in Asian games also.

Isha Sharma: New Age of Taekwondo in Jammu and Kashmir

Inspired from him, recently our Kashmiri girl, Isha Sharma became the first girl to won bronze medal at National Level Taekwondo Championship organized by Bharati Vidya  Sansthan at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh A class 10th student from a village name Dhanori, Udhampur District has made the whole state proud. Isha hailed from the economically weak background but she never gave up on her dreams.  She fought with all the odds and made her way. Being a topper in academics also she has equally balanced her sports and academic life. Her parents and teachers are so proud of her and she gave all the credits of her success to them only.

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When asked how she felt after this achievement, she replied, “I am very happy to attain such success in a national level event. Whatever I have achieved so far is just because of my family’s constant support. Though my families is not well of still my father, who is only a driver by profession and my mother never discouraged me to take up Taekwondo as a player. In fact, they always encouraged me to excel in the game.”

 

We at New Age Kashmir congratulate our rising taekwondo star, Isha Sharma, for her first-hand victory. This is just the beginning of a bright future ahead. May more children inspire from her passion and work towards achieving their dreams.

Shivani Charak: The Journey to Success

Jammu and Kashmir along with its beauty is a place of hardships as well. It is beyond arguable that life is a little hard in here as compared to the rest of our country. Children are thus naturally headstrong and strong-willed here because they know that Hard Work is the Key to Success. Every day we are amazed by the achievements of our youth, their valor and strength to fight the odds and win the hearts of millions. We have had inspirations like Nadiya Nighat (J & K’s first female football coach), Iqra Rasool (the brave woman cricketer), Irtiqa Ayoub (the senior Rugby Player), Tajamul Islam (the kickboxing champ), and many more that it is truly hard to keep count of.

One such youngster among our rising champions is Shivani Charak, the golden sport climber of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

17 year old Shivani belongs to the humble town of Dharmal in Jammu. She is currently a student of Senior high school (Class 12th). In the initial stages of her career as a climber, Shivani battled with cancer, however it did not stop her from continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a renowned climber. She pays due credit to her coach at Shining Star Academy for his continuous support in shaping her to reach where she is today.

 

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Journey of a climber within Shivani

Sport Climbing is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors fixed to the rock for protection. It has seen a transition from requiring physical strength to needing more of logical thinking. When climbing a wall or a rock, one has to be tactical and efficient. In this light, Shivani has gained her confidence through hard training and continuous practice. Having full support from her family, she practiced with other climbing aspirants and her coach in a school, the only one in Jammu and Kashmir that has a 40 feet tall wall to practice climbing. And with time, she achieved one goal at a time, climbing the stairs to success one by one.

 

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Achievements so far

  1. In the year 2015 she became the National Champion in Speed climbing besides winning a bronze medal in Bouldering.
  2. In 2016 & 2017, Shivani won 7 Gold & 4 Silver medals in North Zone and National competitions. (She was sent to Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia for training after her achievements in the above years.)
  3. In the beginning of 2018, Shivani was chosen by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi, to represent India in 18th Asian Games to be held at Jakarta-Palembang in Indonesia in September, where she achieved the 11th spot.
  4. She was then selected by IMF for representing the country in the forthcoming Asian Youth Championship to be held at Chongqing in China from 1st to 4th November, 2018 where she secured 9th rank.

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It is eminent to mention that Shivani has been improving her game with every competition. She accepts her results like a challenge and work harder the next time. Her progress can be termed as a pre Olympic preparation. And good performance in these competition will facilitate Shivani’s selection for the Olympic Games to be held in Japan in April, 2020.

 

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“In an interview with JK Media, Jammu & Kashmir, Shivani mentions that it would be much relevant for aspiring and struggling climbers of the state if a wall was to be built by the authorities. She says that it becomes hard for her and others to travel to Delhi for practice as continuous travelling hinders with their studies. If Jammu & Kashmir is to have a  professional climbing wall of its own, it would be better for them and the upcoming generation of sport climbers.”

 

Shivani Charak has internationally made a mark on the sport of Climbing & Bouldering. Facing various challenges in all her competitions has improved her game and increased her confidence. At New Age Kashmir, we salute her strength and hard work and hope she inspires more girls to participate in climbing, a sport generally stereotyped to be a male’s domain. We wish her lots of luck and power to continue breaking stereotypes, working hard to achieve big and make India prouder by achieving a place in Olympics 20’.

Fame & Game: Women for cricket in Kashmir

‘Breaking the glass ceiling’ is not just a phrase but it also implies breaking the barriers and moving out of your comfort zone. It takes lots of efforts and courage to step outside the certain norms that have been set by society, especially for women, to follow their dreams.

One such Ideal example is of Roopali Slathia, first woman cricket coach of Jammu & Kashmir who has completed the level- B course organized by BCCI.  A co-author of the book ‘Rising spell in Women’s Cricket’ and a doctorate in Philosophy, Slathia is coming with flying colors in every field.

Though we can’t ignore the fact it is definitely not easy for a girl with the cricket bat in her hand and moves out alone. But if you have a supportive father like hers, who always encourage chasing your ambitions, what else do you need?! Sports directly or indirectly help you to grow as a person, teach you proper discipline, freedom of expression and increase your self-esteem. It takes a lot of guts for a female to choose sports as a career option due to the stereotype associated with it.

Roopali, at the age of 14, started playing cricket in 1996, the time when the concept of Women Cricket was not that popular. But she has already made her mind and was ready to take all the challenges that come with Not-So-traditional career choices. In the early stage of her career, facilities like the infrastructure, playing grounds and coaching were not up to the mark. There were hardly two centers at that time. But slowly things improved, post her selection for the sub-junior national game. She joined NIS Cricket Academy and completed her diploma in Sports Coaching in 2006. She played till 2010. In her 15 years long career, she got selected twice for the India camp; also she had played a number of zonal matches. One of the biggest achievement was her 10 years of Captaincy for the Jammu and Kashmir team.

Roopali Slathia in Kashmir cricket player.

Then she decided to step into professional coaching in 2011, she wanted to help the youth of the Kashmir and guide them through the way. She started working with Jammu and Kashmir cricket association with the ultimate goal is to take the team to a certain level where the entire country will be proud. She emerged as a catalyst for many youngsters and truly an inspiration for all who dream big. When asked what is cricket for you, she replied, “Cricket, for me, is oxygen.  When I enter the cricket field my energy doubles.” She also believes that the love for the sport sooner or later will get you the results.  You just need to get out your comfort zone to make that dream turn into reality.

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Our Kashmir is undoubtedly the land of talent and people are promoting the youth of the Valley. They are making our country proud in every way and in every field possible. On the way to success, there are a lot of ups and downs, but giving up is never the option.

Fame & Game: Cricket in Kashmir

One game that most of us have played during our childhood has to be Gully-Cricket or Bat-Ball, (how we used to define it). Do you remember the times when in the arms of nature, sun-kissed trees and snow peaked mountains, everything that was flat and long became a bat and everything round became a ball? Well, you feel me my friend. We all have to agree that Cricket is a game which is not just played but celebrated in our country. Although most of us enjoy watching and playing the game, this is hard fact that a very few have made to fame in this field.  Let’s not leave behind the names who have marked their presence in the fame and have made Jammu and Kashmir proud.

 

Cricket in Jammu and Kashmir

 

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The Cricket team of the state participated first in 1959-60 in Ranji Trophy and it was in 1970 that Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) was formed. Since then, our players like Parvez Rasool, who is the present captain of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket team and an all-rounder cricketer Indian Cricket Team since 2014; Mithun Manhas, who has consistently been an all-rounder cricketer of the state, played in IPL and is now the assistant coach of Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab; Abid Nazi, who is considered as one of the fastest bowlers in India; etc., have inspired our youth to participate more openly and wilfully in the game.

 

Contribution of our Coaches

 

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In the success stories of these players, our coaches and mentors of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket team remain a constant source of fuelling the spirit of our cricketers. Young or old, every player buds under a right coach and his visionary guidance. Sunil Joshi, an Indian cricketer and coach, who has been coaching Jammu and Kashmir cricket team since 2014, is a game changer for cricket in Kashmir. The team has tasted many victories under his guidance, the earliest of them was beating the Ranji giants- “Mumbai cricket team”, in the prelim rounds of Ranji Trophy in 2014/15.

 

Kudos to Irfan Pathan

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Recently, Irfan Pathan was appointed as the mentor cum coach of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket team. The all-rounder cricketer of Indian National team has since then inspired and helped our players sense an overall development in the game. While devoting his time to the Senior Cricket Team, he did not forget to involve with the young cricketers of the state. In June and July, he went on a selection spree of young cricketers in Kashmir and Jammu respectively. With his constant mentoring and regular support of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association our fresh players have begun to make histories at higher level.

 

New Buds in The Field

Manzoor Dar is the only selected player from Jammu and Kashmir who played in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) . He has been selected by Kings XI Punjab for his hard-hitting batsmanship.

 

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Umar Nazir, one of the fastest bowlers of Jammu and Kashmir, has been included in the India-C squad for Deodhar Trophy tournament.

 

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The success stories of Dar & Nazir are apt examples of how right guidance, hard- work, passion and the spirit of sport can change lives. The influential people of Jammu and Kashmir did not forget to congratulate our new achievers for their success:

 

 

 

The continuous efforts of the JKCA to instil the spirit of sports in the youth has turned out to be a blessing for our new generation, especially our budding cricket aspirants. All of us are thankful to the contributions of BCCI and Mentor Irfan Khan’s efforts. The evident growth of our players gives us a vision of higher pedestal in cricket for all our aspiring cricketers in future.

Humaira Gowher: The Kashmiri Scientist

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence”, said the genius, Albert Einstein.Remember when our teachers asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up? I bet you do! I wanted to become a horse, yeah! Obviously, I didn’t know then that humans can’t grow up to become horses. But, there was this girl who always said that she’d grow up to be a scientist. She said she wanted to know, “how we walked and yet could fall but could not fly?”

Such is childhood! As I grew, I learned that curiosity is something that would shape what we will become. Once we open ourselves to our maximum capability to question, we become our best versions. The initial spark of curiosity metamorphosed a Kashmiri girl, Humaira Gowher, into an expert scientist in molecular biology research at Indiana, USA. The curious child of Kashmir, “who never cease to question”.

Meet ‘Humaira’ the Curious

 

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Born and brought up in the city of bridges, Srinagar, Humaira is one of those lucky students to have attended Caset Experimental School, then headed by the exceptional educationist Prof C. L. Vishen. She treasured the feeling of becoming a scientist in the classes of Prof Vishen while he discussed the topics of inventions and discoveries. The idea of discovery and innovation, made a home in little Humaira’s heart.

How did a dream turn into reality?

 

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Despite various challenges related to the complexity of the field, it was her determination to achieve her goals and the continuous support of her professors that turned her dream into reality. She took several steps in the process of achieving this height, starting from her school in Kashmir to graduation & post-graduation at Aligarh Muslim University. Under the supervision of Dr. S. E. Hasnain’s (Professor of Biological Sciences at IIT -Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi), Humaira developed a confidence that made her goals clearer and she got into the esteemed IISc (Indian Institute of Sciences). After two years, she shifted to Germany with her husband and continued her Ph. D only to complete it with in two and a half years and was awarded “Summa Cum laude” (Award of Excellence) for publishing 7 first author peer-reviewed manuscripts during this time. Finally, she shifted to Indiana USA, where she is now a fine professor and researcher at the Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University researching in Cancer Research, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Secret of Science: Message to the aspirants

 

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Humaira says, “Motivation to do science comes only from the passion to do it’. Like every other person, her life was also full of ups and downs. Science is like a roller coaster ride of various failures and success, it is the excitement of doing an experiment that kept Humaira free from the horrors of failure. While on the row for her Ph. D she had her first child Hana, whom she says was never a battle she had to fight, marriage, motherhood and science, all blended well in her everyday life. Now, she has an operational laboratory of her own with 22 reputed international journals already under her belt; Gowher’s research has already paved a way for anti-cancer medicines. Research for her is fun, she says, “why shouldn’t you be thankful for having a job—where you are being paid, for having fun.”

Shades of Humaira

There is one more shade to her personality, which came to light after a long time, only when she had time to give it a push. It was in 2017, that Humaira published her book, “How Do I Sing Nursery Rhymes in the Kashmiri Language?” As a 38 year old, she couldn’t simply forget her 19 year old self- the age she left her home, Kashmir, at!

Wherever we go, we cannot leave behind what our culture made out of us, our favourite food, language, hospitality, clothing, jokes, music, poems, etc, already shapes our personality. Humaira had her teenage self-compiled in her memories and after few years she struggled to transfer all that was Kashmir into her kids, Hana and Ahmed. The Kashmiri diaspora in the United States planned an annual meeting to celebrate Kashmiri language, art and culture where her other friends complained that due to the introduction of English language at an early age, it was difficult to raise their children bilingual in both Kashmiri and English.

Humaira took the responsibility upon her and thanks to her poetic genes that orient from her mother that she translated six common English rhymes into Koshur (Kashmiri Language) keeping in mind the similar tune of Kashmiri poems. She saw the results within hours of composition as her own children were able to recite the poems due to similar rhythm and tune that they memorized as babies.

A wonderful inspiration that is Humaira

Humaira Gowher’s dedication towards her work and revitalizing attachment to Kashmir is undoubtedly inspiring. She stands as the finest example of a self-made woman for our upcoming generation and her works are an ideal means of exploring the field of Biochemistry for our budding scientists. People around the world get to see her intellect and personality as a Kashmiri scientist, it makes for one proud moment for the state as well as the nation. I wish her lots of luck in her ongoing research and hope that she achieves success in every experiment of her life as well as career.

The Incredible Women of Kashmir

Who is an empowered woman? Is she just the one who can work, fight or do multiple things at once? No, an empowered woman is the one who climbs her stairs of success while equally respecting her competitors, trusting her instincts, and not pushing anybody behind. And such is the beauty of an ideally empowered woman.

Kashmir with its magnificent beauty has given birth to some incredibly empowering women. Yes. Let’s sit for a while and remember the great women that lived and are living through time, making best through their thoughts and work. Let us recount those Kashmiri women who have played eminent roles in making our society a better place.

 

Women from the History

Right from the stories of 2nd century’s Queen Dida (Queen of Kashmir) to 13th century’s Kota Rani (Queen of Kashmir), the women of Kashmir have been serving as assets to the state. Not to forget, ‘Kutte Kol’ was  Kota Rani’s establishment, the canal that saved Srinagar city from various floods during the time.

Then came the great legend of Lal Ded, the poet of Kashmir whose poetic genius lied in her creation of mystic poetry called ‘Vakhs’, meaning ‘speech’ (Voice), known as Lal Vakhs. She plays a significant role in the history of Kashmiri literature and has said to have inspired many Sufis. Her poems have been translated by several writers. Want to read one of her creations?

“I was passionate, filled with longing,

I searched, far and wide.

But the day, that the Truthful One found me,

I was at home.”

 

Then came Habba Khatoon, the poet of the 16th century with her magnificent imaginative narratives, poems, plays, essays, etc. She introduced ‘lol’ (lyrics) to Kashmiri poetry.

This is about the past! What was cannot surpass what is! And the present is what we have.

 

Women of the Present

Our present inspiration originates from brave, empowered woman like:

Parveena Ahangar

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The Iron Lady of Jammu & Kashmir, she is the epitome of Human- right activism, strength, optimism & pacifism. She is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and an inspiration to all those who lack hope.

 

Dr. Gazalla Amin

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If passion and dreams were humans, they would be her best friends. A doctor, founder of WAKE (Women’s Association for Kashmiri Entrepreneurs) and the 1st Kashmiri woman- member of KCCI (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries) who runs an oil business successfully.

 

Dr. Ruveda Salam

 

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Dr. Salam, the first women IPS officer from Kashmir, broke various prejudices related to women in the field of education as well as action.

 

Tajamul Islam

 

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Good things come in small packages. Truly said, for Kashmir has a champion who fits in a 10-year-old body. Tajamul is valley’s youngest Kickboxing Champion who won a Gold in 2016, when she was only 8, at World Kickboxing Championship, Italy. Her enthusiasm is unmatchable and she inspires thousands with it.

 

These women continue to inspire people. Through this article, we aim to teach our new generation about their valuable deeds and morals. They clear the confusions that rise within our thoughts, the hurdles of society seem little in front of their efforts. Let’s aspire to be another empowered woman and add to the list.

First Ever Martial Art Games of Jammu and Kashmir, 2018

First Ever Martial Art Games of Jammu and Kashmir, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir, a land known for its scenic beauty, rich culture and massive resources, is now also a sports hub. Recently, the Sports Council of Jammu and Kashmir organised the first ever Kashmir division Martial Art Games 2018. The competition held at the magnificent Indoor Stadium in Srinagar. It included a variety of Martial art forms like Judo, Taekwondo, Pencak Silat, Wushu, etc. and was. The competition that began with loud enthusiasm on 13th September 2018, concluded with high spirits on 15th September 2018. This massive competition witnessed participation of more than 5000 children from the valley

“It was a mega event”, said Nuzhat Ara, Divisional Sports Officer, Kashmir.

It was the number of participants that made the event a success and put a smile on the faces of all the sports officers of the state. As the sports council of the state makes sure to keep its youth involved in one or the other competition, the hard work and efforts had been paid off by the spirit and passion of young sportsmen.

This platform has helped the children of the valley to witness a variety of games together and give them a broader perspective of the Martial Art forms, providing them a station to participate and exercise their talents.

Let’s see how our little champions have benefitted from this wonderful initiative of J & K Sports Council:

 


 

The video is only a slight reflection of the energy and sports spirit of the young participants and their inspiring coaches. I must admit, the actual ecstasy of the event was of a different level.

 

Here are some beautiful glimpses from the cheerful Martial Arts Games at Indoor Stadium Srinagar:

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At New Age Kashmir we wish all the participants a good luck for their future and wish for their steady growth in their desired game. We hope that the children address the opportunities that are extended to them by the sports council and realise their worth. The state knows and believes that their children have a lot of potentials and are capable to participate at both National and International levels. Thus, they put in all the effort to wing their raw talents and help them take the highest of flights.

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Sangeeta S. Bahl: The Victorious Woman of Jammu and Kashmir

“Not all those who wander are lost”, wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in his poem, “The Riddle of Strider”. He must have known the beauty of wandering then! But do you know? Have you ever wandered and found yourself again? Well, to be honest, I have. Initially it was a slow and confusing process for me, but later wandering became more of an adventure, more about curiosity and less about being lost. Thinking, aiming and planning before travelling introduced me with an important lesson  of travelling- going the distance. People generally name it as wanderlust, so it is!

 

The Wanderer I know!

I have come to admire one such curious person, who would be happy wandering all her life, Sangeeta S. Bahl. She hails from Jammu, the summer valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Yes the one, who recently submitted the great Mount Everest in May, 2018. That’s when she was most into news and articles and everywhere possible. News channels covered her success, journalists would want to talk to her about her experience and slowly the news faded away. But, her success to climb the world’s tallest peak at the age of 53 stayed with me. I realised, she was the first women from Jammu and Kashmir to have scaled the Mt. Everest.

 

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Her Achievements

She is a mountaineer, a successful, passionate and risk- taking climber! But, what else is she?

  • An Entrepreneur

Sangeeta S. Bahl is the Founder, Director and Image Consultant of a Gurgaon (Haryana) based firm– Impact Image Consultants. An acumen, she was the first Image Consultant of India.

 

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  • An Author

“Executive Etiquette Power” is a book that helps individuals to build confidence, make impression in daily and professional life. And guess what, it is co- authored by Sangeeta S. Behl.

  • A Beauty Pageant Finalist

She was only 16 when she began her career with modelling and acting. With a spark in her eyes she became the Miss India Finalist in the year 1985. Now, for 5 long years, she has been grooming the contestants of Femina Style Diva and projecting them aptly as strong women.

  • A Social Worker

She climbed the Mt. Everest, everybody knows about that. But why did she do it? Was it only a personal interest? But then why would she fail once in 2017 and try again in 2018?

She climbed the Mt. Everest again in 2018 to create aware about Breast Cancer for Women with the Women Cancer Initiative (WCI) in association with Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai.

Watch her journey:

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Yes, one can sure try twice for personal interest, but doing it for a good cause is what adds to their personality as a human being, as a woman.

 

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What have I learned?

While reading the personal blog (http://www.sangeetasbahl.com/) of Jammu’s self- made & strong woman, Sangeeta S. Bahl, and trying to get to know her, I have learned a lot of things.

I have learned that age is never a barrier, but a journey of experiences!

By adding a reason of cause to our actions, we can help many while enjoying ourselves.

There is never a halt in dreaming and achieving, nothing in this world can stop you from wanting and taking what you like.

Trying, trying and trying must be a constant in life just like change.

And, the most important, never giving up!