Volleyball’s silent revolution

From 50 teams in the first season to 393 in the ongoing third season of the league, the Brahmaputra Volleyball League is silently changing societies across villages.

Abhijit Bhattacharya has internalized the difference between passive voice (“Something must be done”) and active voice (“I must do something”).

The penny dropped for the ONGC employee and former captain of the national volleyball team in early 2019, when he was invited to play an official role in the Assam Volleyball Association as president or secretary. Abhijit declined—and if you have been following the roiled state of Volleyball Federation of India affairs (a small sample here), you can infer why any person with integrity would want to steer clear of an official role in the federation and/or its associates.

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Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the Rediff.com start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.