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Sandip Roy: Dipa Karmakar - India's Pride and Shame

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Dipa Karmakar in Rio

On Sunday night, much of India was watching television with bated breath. All for one young woman at the Rio Olympics. Her name is Dipa Karmakar and a billion people’s hopes were resting on her shoulders.

It is being hailed as India’s pride. But it’s India’s shame as well.  Dipa fails to win a medal said one headline. But really Dipa didn’t fail India. This 4 feet 11 girl brought a divided nation together for a moment across all party lines.  But India in many ways failed Dipa Karmakar.