When Don Bosco (Matunga) beat Children’s Academy (Malad) 3-1 in the Vijay Raheja U-12 inter-school knockout hockey tournament at the St Stanislaus ground on Saturday, one of the names on the score-sheet was that of Aman Ambedkar, the great grandson of the chief architect of India’s Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
The 11-year-old forward opened the scoring for his team in the 14th minute before Mario Fernandes and Avanish Patil scored two more for the Matunga outfit. Rahul Patel scored the solitary goal for Children’s Academy.
After the match, Aman revealed to MiD DAY that he aims to follow in his illustrious great grandfather’s footsteps someday. “Whatever little I know about him (Babasaheb), it is through my grandmother (Miratai) who used to narrate stories of him. I want to be like him when I grow up. I want to become a lawyer. At the same time, I want to play sports as it helps me remain fit — both mentally and physically,” said Aman, who stays at Rajgraha, Ambedkar’s residence in Hindu Colony at Dadar.
Aman played both hockey and football earlier but chose the former after heeding his father Anandraj’s advice to take a cue from his elder brother Sahil (13).
It was a piece of advice that made a big difference in Aman’s life. A grateful Aman said, “Though my father never played any sport, he always encouraged us to play. And I thank him for that. My day feels incomplete if I don’t play.”
There is an unmistakable tinge of pride in Anandraj’s voice when he speaks of his son. “Aman is a kid of today’s generation. I want him to play, but at the same time I also want him to do well in studies. Though he doesn’t feel the pressure of his surname right now, some day he has to take Babasaheb’s legacy forward. “Even at this tender age, he draws inspiration from his great grandfather. I hope he follows in his footsteps. If he can achieve even 10% of what Babasaheb did, I would be a proud father,” Anandraj said.