As a part of ongoing process of winning hearts and minds of the village population, the Indian Army has been constantly undertaking a variety of projects for welfare and motivation of the village populace. Indian Army organised Dangal Competition at Chirala (Sewa) in district Doda (J&K) from 05-06 November 2021. Village Chirala is located in the remote part of Doda district which lack adequate recreational and sporting facilities for the youth. Due to steady decline in insurgency and prevailing peace, the local youth now are looking forward to participate in sports activities and leisure activities as it binds them together irrespective of their religion. It is imperative that youth be engaged in constructive activities to wean them away from separatist ideology and firmly brought in to the national mainstream through sporting activities. Organising ‘Dangal competition for youth of Chirala will help to win the goodwill of the villagers and promote sports in the region and youth empowerment. A total of 44 wrestlers from Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir participated in the Dangal.
The bouts were played as per existing rules on knockout basis. All the wrestlers participated with their true spirit of sportsmanship and displayed commendable skills and enthusiasm. Strength of approximately more than 850 persons witnessed the event from several adjoining villages and township, the village youth were especially enthralled to see the sporting prowess displayed by the renowned wrestlers. The event was graced by Perwez, Tehsildar (Bhella). The chief guest said that it was a great initiative taken by the Indian Army at Bhaderwah to promote sports in the region and will surely motivate the village youth to participate in sports at various level. The engagement of youth in these kinds of constructive physical activities will do a good for their overall growth and their energy will be utilized in right direction which in turn will contribute in building the Nation.