Bittoo Singh did not mean to take an all-Dalit team to a kabaddi tournament. It just so happened that late in summer 2016 the teams that confronted one another in Gurgaon’s Chakkarpur village were his Dalit boys facing off against the Yadavs of nearby Sikandarpur.
The tournament, with over 30 teams participating, was meant to get villages in and around the National Capital Region to engage with each other through kabaddi matches. Never were these encounters painted as a battle of the castes by the teams or organisers, though from the very beginning the caste composition of many teams was apparent. There were Dalits and Jats, Brahmins and Yadavs, Rajputs and others, representing teams sent by different villages.