Let Me Play...

Though I live in a metropolitan city but I often remember my small hometown in eastern part of the country. We were a bunch of friends...good friends bonded over a lot of playful activities. Summer breaks were a great moment of joy as schools were closed and there were no routines to be followed. From morning till night we used to play most of the times. There were three playgrounds, two big and one small in the vicinity. Morning was for football and evenings were exclusively reserved for Cricket or Badminton. Ah! We had a lot of fun. Sometimes, apart from going to the playground we used to play kabaddi in the gali (Lane) with all boys and girls.
Those were golden days. After completing my schooling we moved to Delhi for graduation and post graduation. Delhi was a big cultural shock for all of us but bigger shock was when we observed that children playing in the small colony parks rather going to the nearest playground. And the park was also not meant for their playful activities as per the municipal corporation. After the school hours and in the summer breaks children had very less open spaces to go for recreation. Some good playgrounds were very far and taking children there daily was not easy for parents. Apart from the little time for outdoor recreation most of the children were used to confine in their homes watching television. This was a dangerous situation and it still is. We are in fact on the brink of making our children couch potatoes and now after the internet revolution net junkies. This is indeed not a proud situation but an alarming one. Most of the metros are developing on a rapid pace and hence shrinking the playground space for our children.  
Recently union Sports Minister Ajay Maken urged Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath to ensure mandatory use of playfields that have been alloted by the Delhi Development Authority to the Delhi's schools during non school hours. This is indeed a very good thought as schools run by private institutions and by the government are everywhere in the capital. But such a noble thought must extend to all over country especially in the metros where open spaces are shrinking at an alarming pace due to unplanned urbanization. This step can create a lot of open spaces for recreation in school's huge playground which often see no activity after school hours. These vacant spaces can be utilized by the children and hence promote a healthy sports culture in the country.

Comments

  1. Now Instead of All Work and No Play, All TVs and No Play is making all the kids dull ....Time to change

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  2. yep!!! play makes children happy, healthy and wise!

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  3. It is indeed heartening that someone at the policy level is thinking in terms of importance of 'play' in the lives of the children.
    That would bring th eball into the courts of schools / teachers [ by not excessively burdeing the students with pedagogic homeworks] and parents / family [by actively promoting physical sports ot if not over than at least equal to TV-watching or Computer games or 'partying'. This also needs to supplemented with healthier natural foods,too.

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  4. Building compounds actually double up as parking spaces and not a space for play. But then, lack of space is just one of the reasons why children do not play as much as they should. feel it has also got to do with the fact that with both parents working lack of supervision also comes into consideration. With increasing security and safety concerns, most parents are reluctant to send their children out to play. Plus no parent wants to do away from the coaching classes / activity rountine.

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  5. agree totally. the trend of television and gaming consoles as babysitters is causing an entire generation to lose out on the fun of running around in the playground. one of the things that city dwelling kids miss is the ability to take in large spans of space in their field of vision, and as a result, eye muscles also fail to develop the way they should. thanks for sharing your views on this, and hope that policy makers, developers, and parents are going to wake up to the need for open spaces.

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  6. Playing habits of kids have changed a lot when compared to our times

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  7. We used to play a lot and were very active as compared to today's kids. Our country sure needs lots of playgrounds and wish our govt works in that direction too...

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  8. wish those childhood days could come back...:(

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  9. postingan yang bagus tentang"Let Me Play.."

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