Our lost indigenous sports and a defective socialization process -By Sohrab Hussain


The ever green memories of childhood of a person who is now accustomed to the globalization are no doubt the basement of socialization. The socialization is how a man, the core entity of a society, is growing up through inter or anti-social relations and what factors form his character that he ought to get or not. Some elements in humanitarian qualities in person’s character and some does inhumane. The process through which we pass our childhood contains lots of different sports, a core element of socialization of a child and have big impact on our socialization process. Sports representing the cultural diversity of the nation address the distinct nature of a society. If we flash back our past and grabble our sweet pieces of memories we realize that how and how much our sports and its equipment have been changed for globalization impulse and changed our socialization process. Some question spins in the head how has globalization impact, how does it work, what are the new characteristics of the socialization and what is present impact on the society of such changed process? Many sports, which we played throughout our childhood, have totally been lost and lost many ‘goods’ as well. ‘Gollachut’, a very famous game of making human chain holding the hands one by one consecutively and round to catch the opposite players to out them and wait for opportunity to cross the line to outwit the opposite rivals, we played many a time; but today we stand in now and the game in ‘past’. ‘Kutkut’, a very famous game for adolescents in which a piece of broken pipkin is the equipment to play the game, has almost been lost from the society. Now that it has not been being practiced for long time, It would seem to new generation as myths that they would hardly believe. ‘Kabadi’, another famous and national game basically for men where two parties play to defeat each other by scoring points, is generally played in raining days with wet dress. ‘Lukocuri’ game is still well known to everyone even to urban dwellers where someone hides himself to be founded out in the game. Another famous game was ‘Sat chara’ (seven pieces of pipkin) where one broken piece of pipkin was put on another piece up to seven pieces consecutively and all these pieces have to be pull down by a ball throwing to the kept pieces of pipkin. And ‘Top Game’, the game which we, challenging to split the Top into two parts, played hundreds of times in winter season. Another unforgettable game was ‘Bouchi’ in the rural areas where girls and boys played altogether. Totally unique play was ‘Dang-Guli’, a game of sticks, in which the rule was to drig a small hole and put a small broken part of stick which have to throw towards rival by anothon long stick and the thrower will be out if rivals can catch the small throwing piece of stick; if cannot the thrower will score the point by mapping the distance by long stick. If he can score targeted point he will be the winner if not will be the looser. ‘Morog Lorai’ is very popular game and in many places, we saw many competition of ‘Morog Lorai’ where competitors have to stand by one leg and throw up th other competitors on earth by standing on one leg. In this game, the last one will be winner. To make vehicles by bearings and to ride and drive it was another interesting game. No one can forget the push on backrest by helper to wheel the bearings. How can we forget the jumping moments on the water and the hullabaloo of the aged guardians!!!! We competed to jump on water challenging to do highest score even sometimes the shore of pond broke down for the pressure of tide created by our jumps. In winter season, we got up at dawn and smeared our face with the sunshine of rising sun and our legs with dew and noses smelt the scent of fog. We all children, rotating the seeds with needles, played altogether by the seeds of ceiba pierced the top with needles. Our most favorite game was ‘Churi’, a game plying in the water. The rule was to start the game from someone who holds an assumed ‘Churi’ (knife) in his hand and the others had to get the ‘Churi’ by touching any part of the knife holder’s body. It could be played individually or collectively forming two groups. We, playing this game, spent several hours but could not notice for a while. As soon as we finished our shower, a number of rebukes had welcomed us but we did not smear our body with these rebukes. Now question is how did it work for socialization? After leaving the school, when they came back to home all similar aged children or adolescents called each other to come out from the home and play the games and thus they made a friendly and neighboring relationship with each other. For socialization, they need an environment friendly location and natural equipment for sports which are present in these games. For better growing up, a fully fresh and simple play freed from all complexities and artifices is needed where the competitors will be natural being not artificial devices that have a grave bad effect on the body and mind and this case, these games can fulfil such demand. The games, which represent the socio-economic conditions, hold cultural diversity and come into existence naturally, should only be the element of socialization process. If the games do not represent them it will distort the socialization process. The vivid example is Bangladesh where the environment has already been changed, indigenous games have been abolished and foreign games have grasped everything by globalization impact. During the entertainment period, we sometimes wrangled each other and guardians also joined with us but importantly, the children whose guardians indulged them for any wrong had a long time bad effect on their lifestyle and the children whose guardians did not indulge them for any wrong or mistake during entertainment period had also a very long time good impact on their lifestyle. Almost all educational institutions established in suburb or rural areas have play grounds for its students to play at leisure time which also works for socialization. But after the availability of antenna and internet, these indigenous games had been replaced by foreign games like cricket, or football, or Olympic, or artificial games like cartoons or animation games, which had been mobilized by media and host of multinational companies. All educational institutions of urban areas do not have any play grounds even not in the dwelling flats for children. Instead of such facilities, they have computer or computer lab for entertainment. In return, new generation has been engaged with laptop and computer games and growing up with physical and psychological problems. According to a scientific study in 2001, Most of the bad effects of video games are the Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping. The attitude of the children is to notice malpractice presented in the video games and follow that by execution. Gradually, the new generation will commit crimes for defective socialization and we have seen it at the time of holly Artijan attack. Too much video game playing makes a kid socially isolated. Also, he may spend less time in other activities such as doing homework, reading, sports, and interacting with the family and friends. Sometimes, the gamers do replace their offline social lives with online game playing. A study by Argosy University’s Minnesota School on Professional Psychology found that video game addicts argue a lot with their teachers, fight a lot with their friends, and score lower grades than others who play video games less often. For proper solution of this problem, the parents, whose responsibility is to ensure a friendly environment for socialization, should nurture their children to make them as asset of the nation. In urban areas, all educational institutions should be obliged to keep play grounds for students. All artificial games must be banned to protect future generation from distort process. The students should have leisure time for entertainment and sports after school period for mental refreshment to concentrate on the regular study.
The writer is a LL. M. Student of the University of Dhaka.