Hima Das became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship 2018 at Tampere. She hails from Dhing in Assam.Hima’s performance has given Dhing a new lease of life.Today it is surrounded by migrants.
Many Assamese families sold their homes and fields because of the migrants and became urban migrants. Hima said that her heart breaks when she visits her ancestral town. Hima is also an activist against social ills.In 2016, she led a delegation of women to dismantle an illegal liquor outlet.The owner retaliated by filing a case against her father and two others.The case is still pending.