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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

Google Doodle pays tribute to India’s first female wrestler Hamida Bano




Google on Saturday paid tribute to Hamida Bano, considered India’s first female wrestler.

The search engine giant changed its homepage logo to celebrate the life of a woman who entered a game dominated by the male population during the 1940s and 50s.

Born in the early 90s, Banu was a resident of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.

Google wrote, “On this day in 1954, the wrestling match brought Banu international recognition and praise – he defeated the famous wrestler Baba Pehalwan in just 1 minute and 34 seconds, after which he retired from professional wrestling. “

Born in a family of wrestlers, Banu grew up watching wrestling. During his illustrious career, he won over 300 championships between the 1940s and 1950s. In the early 90s, women’s participation was strongly discouraged by the prevailing social norms, however, their success by breaking all the shackles of patriarchy was a symbol of women empowerment.

She gave an open challenge to the male wrestlers that only the one who defeats her first would marry her. Banu’s career also expanded to the international level, where she won against Russian female wrestler Vera Chistylin in less than two minutes.

Banu was often called the “Amazon of Aligarh”. The fights he won, his diet and his training regimen were widely covered.

Hamida Bano was a pioneer of wrestling of her time. His courage is often remembered throughout India and the world. Apart from her sporting achievements, Banu will always be celebrated for staying true to herself and choosing to do what she loves without looking at social norms.

Bengaluru-based artist Divya Negi, who created the Google Doodle, said she was inspired by Banu’s fight against the conservative norms of that time.

“I delved deeper into Hamida’s world during my doodle research. It was inspiring to know that he fought fiercely against the conservative norms of his time. Going against groupthink is one of the hardest things anyone can do, and being a woman adds another level of complexity. Despite this, Hamida won,” Negi said.



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