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Magic Bus to carry children to better future


NGO plans to ensure social reconstruction among underprivileged

The Magic Bus football team, which comprises underprivileged children in Hyderabad.- PHOTO: By Arrangement

The Magic Bus football team, which comprises underprivileged children in Hyderabad.- PHOTO: By Arrangement

They all board the ‘Magic Bus’ for a better future. Magic Bus India Foundation, a non-government organisation, has embarked on a novel venture of using sports as a tool for development and social reconstruction among the underprivileged communities.

Sports is an easier way to reach out to the deprived classes and convey the message that education, gender equality and health can be an integral part of their career with the right to play.

A good example being the Magic Bus football team set up here.

“Our objective is to educate the underprivileged through our approach of ‘childhood to livelihood’. It means to encourage kids to stay in schools, understand gender equality, and give them anecdotes on good social behaviour,” explains Dhimant Chovatia of Magic Bus.

To inculcate team spirit, the focus in sports has been on team games like football, volleyball, handball, cricket, kabaddi and kho kho to start with.

“For every 20-30 children, we have a boy or a girl from the community (from the 16 plus age group) as mentors. Sports becomes the binding factor here too, as the coach-student relationship is very strong in the field,” says Sandhya Srinivasan, State Head, Magic Bus.

Ajay Singh and 12-year-old Lakesh Kumar, both slum children, are now delighted for being associated with the Magic Bus.

“This programme gives me the power to change the future of the children and develop myself as an independent and confident person. What better can I do to the society and myself?” say the duo.

The NGO is also keen to partner other NGOs based in the State to extend their programmes. Magic Bus works with about 70,000 children in Andhra Pradesh out of the 2.5 lakh across India.

 

Magic Bus India Foundation plans to trigger development and ensure social reconstruction among underprivileged communities using sports

 

 

Who coined ‘Jai Hind’?


The author Narendra Luther presents a number of interesting articles on Hyderabad in his book “Legendotes of Hyderabad.”Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

The author Narendra Luther presents a number of interesting articles on Hyderabad in his book “Legendotes of Hyderabad.”Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

Many believe that Subhash Chandra Bose coined the slogan ‘Jai Hind’ but a book on legends and anecdotes of Hyderabad says it was first used by a man from that city who gave up his engineering studies in Germany to become Netaji’s secretary and interpreter.

In his book “Legendotes of Hyderabad”, former civil servant Narendra Luther presents a number of interesting articles, based on documentary evidence, interviews and personal experiences, on the city that is much celebrated for its romantic origin and composite culture.

One interesting titbit is on the origin of the slogan ‘Jai Hind.’ According to him, it was coined by Zain-ul Abideen Hasan, son of a collector from Hyderabad, who went to Germany to study engineering.

During World War II, Netaji had escaped to Germany to canvass support for an armed struggle to liberate India, Luther says.

“He addressed meetings of Indian prisoners of war and other Indians exhorting them to join him in his struggle.

Hasan met him and inspired by his patriotism and spirit of sacrifice, he told him that he would join him after finishing his studies.

“Netaji taunted him that if he was worried about small things like these, he could not take up big causes. Stung by that rebuke, Hasan gave up his studies and became Netaji’s secretary and interpreter,” he says in the book.

Hasan became a major in the INA and participated in the march from Burma (now Myanmar) across the Indian frontier. The army reached Imphal. It was severely handicapped in supplies and armaments and so had to retreat, the author says.

 

Qutab Shahi Tombs


Chronicling changes:True to its cosmopolitan nature and being the heart of Telangana, Hyderabad is on a growth trajectory, manifested by the growing number of skyscrapers, amid which the Qutb Shahi tombs stand out as the only connection with its glorious past.— Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
Chronicling changes:True to its cosmopolitan nature and being the heart of Telangana, Hyderabad is on a growth trajectory, manifested by the growing number of skyscrapers, amid which the Qutb Shahi tombs stand out as the only connection with its glorious past.— Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Cycle rally today


L & T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) in collaboration with the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL), The Atlanta Foundation (TAF) and Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC), is organising ‘Hyderabad Metro Connects-2014’, a cycle rally from Miyapur at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Badminton player P.V. Sindhu; V.B. Gadgil, CEO and MD, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited, and N.V.S. Reddy, Managing Director, HMRL, are expected to participate.

More than 3,000 bicycle riders will join the rally.