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Hockey dribbles through poll rhetoric in Sundargarh | India News – Times of India

It’s peak time but Sundargarh in western Odisha seems unaffected by the intense political atmosphere gripping the state. Unlike politicians trying to checkmate each other with their election campaign rhetoric, teenagers in this tribal district are busy dribbling the ball past their opponents using crude, handcrafted hockey sticks to make a mark in the sport.“We have to play for some time before the sun becomes harsher,” says Johan Tirkey, an 18-year-old school dropout of Sadhumunda village in Kutra block.As the region prepares to vote on May 20, candidates are leveraging the sport’s popularity to connect with the electorate, often prioritising it over other pressing matters such as rising prices, healthcare access, educational opportunities, and job creation.Known as the nursery of Ind...