India's Village Of Female Boxers | Chakar, Ludhiana | 101 Heartland

How one village in Punjab channelled its latent violent energy towards a positive change.

In most small towns and villages in Punjab, women are barely allowed out of their homes. In sharp contrast, the village of Chakar, Ludhiana is home to a training academy for young female boxers. Punjabis are known for their boisterous energy, and fighting is not uncommon in the heartland. In this village, that energy has been turned into something positive. With regular exercises, morning runs, training for speed and skill, this village hopes to groom some of India’s best female athletes.

Outside the metros and beyond the urban jungle live the sons and daughters of India’s heartland. This series tells their stories. 101 Heartland celebrates both unique communities and individual tales of hope, struggle, and reform. From the village of bouncers just outside Delhi to the fascinating story of Ram Kumar Tyagi, once a wanted man but now a coach for aspiring female wrestlers, 101 Heartland tells stories for the heart, from the heartland.

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