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October 5, 2011

football, rajiv gandhi and karate kids


jawahar navodaya vidyalaya is a government-run co-educational residential school in bishnupur district, manipur, which claims to have produced some notable students, considering the odds of getting good education in a state torn by insurgency, extortion and organised crime. the school has students from class 4 to class 12.


apart from kerala and west bengal, manipur is another state that takes football seriously. it's common to see boys walking with a pair of football boots strapped by the side of their schoolbags.



the characteristics of an educational institute can also be gauged by the icons it considers worthy of showing respect.


manipur kingdom prince bir tikendrajit (1856-1891), general thangal singh (1821-1891) and former prime minister rajiv gandhi (1944-1991).

from history to economic liberalisation, the corridor outside the principal's room tells a quick story.


it's time for games every evening at the school, and students are not allowed to stay in their dorms during this period. some prefer to do yoga instead.




who says you can't suck your thumb while watching football?


three-men super soccer consists of a total of six players -- three in each warring team. the goal size is small, no more taller than the average hip and wide as an arm. it's an improvised version of football due to lack of space. like 'galli cricket', it can be played in a garden as well.


some students also like to kick it!



a pleasant day to play now and worry later about homework.



on the way to the school in bishnupur district, national highway 150.

(journey basket would like to thank principal m a muneeb)

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