Many among you might be surprised to know that African origin Indians have existed in our country for hundreds of years. Known as the Siddis, their ancestors had migrated from East Africa to India between the 15th and 19th century. The community which came to this land as merchants, sailors, slaves and even mercenaries is now India’s brightest hope for an Olympic medal in track and field competitions.
It was in the year 1987 when the Sports Authority of India set up the Special Area Games Scheme that put the spotlight on the Siddi community. Youngsters were chosen and trained to perform as athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games level. However, the programme was closed down for no apparent reason in 1993. This short film shows how the SAG programme, which has now made a comeback, can have a positive impact on the African-Indian community.
It also sheds light on the racism experienced by Africa-Indians in general through the point of view of Juje Jackie Harnodkar, a former athlete from the Karnataka chapter of the SAG programme for the Siddis.
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