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Can a son of a drug addict ever become the pride of a nation? In most cases, it would be a resounding ‘No!’ But then the story of Leishangthem Robert Meitei from Manipur is of a man of substance, grit and packed with enough muscles to inspire.

“Being a son of a drug addict, I was stigmatised and discriminated. Even my friends were prohibited to mingle with me. I took on this social attitude as a challenge to prove that even a son of a drug addict can be an achiever” revealed Robert who took to body building to fight frustration and depression. Recently, he bagged 5th position in the senior Mr. Asia 2018, held in Pune.

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One of the longest serving Chief Ministers of an Indian state, Manik Sarkar could not lead his Left Front to victory in Tripura in the last Legislative Assembly polls but he continues to remain the key political player in the state.

Since the Marxism is practically finding itself an anachronism vis-à-vis globalization and corporatization, the CPI (M) failed in Tripura but it did not taint Sarkar as a mass leader. Manik-Da continues to remain the last word as far as the Left-politics in Tripura is concerned.   

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At 43, he has many dimensions added to his persona: an ace international footballer, a politician, a television celebrity, a film maker and an activist: an activist because he refused to carry the Olympic Torch to show support for the Tibetan independence movement in 2008.

Yes, we are talking about Bhaichung Bhutia. He makes Northeast India proud. He is one of the most glorious sons of Sikkim. He is also known as the “God’s gift to Indian football.” Bhaichung is a living football legend of India.

Some persons attain fame at an early age. Bhaichung is one of them. Born on December 15, 1976, he signed contract with the English club Bury in 1999. Bhaichung, beginning his career with Kolkata’s East Bengal Club, is the first Indian footballer to sign that prestigious contract.

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At 13 when she took up the bow and arrow in her hands in 1994, nobody could even guess she would become the poster-lady of Indian archery in the subsequent years. Besides, she would also kindle the flame of archery among the Indian women. Exactly 18 years later in 2012, Chekrovolu Swuro of Dzulhami hamlet of Phek district of Nagaland represented India in the London Olympics. She became the second person since 1948 to represent Nagaland in the Olympics.

Way back in 1948, Dr. T. Ao led a barefoot Indian football team to become the first Olympian from the Northeast. Shekrovolu again brought glory to Nagaland in particular and the Northeast as a whole after 71-years. For this, she merits a special mention.

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