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Wearing Salwar-Suits, Indian Mother takes to International WWE Ring

WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there

Wearing Salwar-Suits, Indian Mother takes to International WWE Ring
Wearing Salwar-Suits, Indian Mother takes to International WWE Ring. (Wikimedia Commons)

WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there.

Kavita Devi, who is better known in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) international circles as “Hard KD”, is currently training and wrestling in Orlando, Florida, in the United States as part of her three-year contract with the WWE.

Kavita, the first Indian woman to reach the international level in WWE, is no ordinary sportswoman.

Even while being a professional WWE wrestler, Kavita is making sure that she dresses traditionally, the Indian way. When she fights in the ring, she is always dressed in a salwar-kameez, a popular dress for Indian women.

Representational image.
Representational image. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I am proud that I enter the ring wearing a salwar suit. It is part of our Indian culture. I am the only one at the international level (in WWE) to be doing so. Many girls in India avoid getting into WWE wrestling seeing the clothes that most women in this sport wear inside the ring. I have broken that image and more girls in my country are getting inspired,” Kavita told IANS in an interview, pointing out that wearing the salwar-suit was no impediment in her performance in the ring.

Being married in a conventional family in 2009 and mother of a six-year-old son, Kavita has tackled several odds, including coming from a humble farming background, growing up among five siblings and facing difficult times economically.

Hailing from Malvi village in Haryana’s Jind district, this determined Haryanvi Jat girl is out to prove her mettle in WWE circles.

She is full of praise for her mentors — “The Great Khali” (Dalip Singh Rana) and Jinder Mahal, both former WWE champions.

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“Khali sir got me to the (WWE) ring. He has a big contribution in shaping my career. Jinder Mahal is a big star in WWE. He has earned a big name for India at the international level,” said Kavita, who has trained in Khali’s wrestling academy in Jalandhar.

Kavita, 34, who had been wrestling for over 15 years before switching to WWE (in 2016), won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games for India.

Weighing 75-kgs and standing 5-feet 9-inches tall, Kavita has been part of the Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) and participated in the Mae Young Classic WWE championship event in Florida in June 2017 — the first Indian woman in this professional circuit.

Representational image.
Representational image (Wikimedia Commons)

Even though she is fully focused on her training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and her upcoming fights, Kavita misses her son whom she had to leave behind in India.

“I had never thought of entering WWE. I was only interested in wrestling. But I wanted to do something different. This is a very good field that I have found. Here, I can do a lot for our country. I have reached this level after going through very hard times and tough training and testing,” Kavita said.

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Asked if the WWE is a real fight or just an entertainment show, Kavita said: “WWE has the word entertainment in it but let me tell you that the fight is real. The athletes make big jumps, hit each other and get hurt. All of this is real.”

Confident about where she has reached and what she is doing, Kavita is modest when she says: “I feel proud that I am able to motivate girls to get into this field where Indian women have not ventured at all. It is heartening to see that girls are getting inspired by me.” (IANS)

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Anonymous warns of possible ISIS attack on WWE event in US


The Islamic State or the ISIS plans to attack a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event in Atlanta on Sunday evening, hacker group Anonymous which is engaged in a cyber war with the former following terror attacks in Paris said this week.

In the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the group launched its operation against the ISIS.

“The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event. While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time,” the federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) told Channel 2 news.

“We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe,” the government agency added.

However, FBI Special Agent in Charge J Britt Johnson of the Atlanta office said the agency did not have “specific or credible information of an attack,” The International Business Times reported.

Anonymous revealed on Saturday it has uncovered information about possible ISIS attacks in Paris as well as at locations in the US, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon on Sunday.

OpParisIntel, a group within Anonymous, released a statement warning the ISIS is planning an attack at the WWE Survivor Series event in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, besides attacks at multiple places in Paris.

Meanwhile, WWE star Triple H took to twitter saying that the event will take place as planned.

While publishing the list of potential targets alongside a statement, the Anonymous said: “The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is a possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while.”

The targets listed by Anonymous are Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris); Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris); Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris); Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide); Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia); Five Finger Death Punch (Milan); and University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon).

The Anonymous added: “We only appeared now because our goal was to remain undercover and report everything to the right authorities and let them take all the action. But when authorities do not take action, Anonymous does. This part of the op started last Monday and has [been] and will be active 24 hours a day as long as the op is going on.”

The Anonymous told the International Business Times that it had passed proof to the intelligence agencies of the UK and the US.

“If we share the proof [publicly], everyone will start calling it fake because screenshots can be edited and accounts can be deleted. We have purposely not shared account links publicly because they would be shut down immediately and then no one would believe the proof.”

Earlier this week, the Anonymous released a guide to catching the ISIS extremists amid claims that it has already found thousands of extremists online.

The ISIS in its guide – written in both French and English – asks its followers to report extremist Twitter accounts and also tells them how to find and hack accounts besides teaching them how to stay safe online.

The group has shared the full guide on Pastebin, a popular site that Anonymous and others use for posting statements. The site’s main feature is that allows users to host text files without being traceable.

The group says its efforts have already led to closing down of thousands of accounts.