Budhia Singh, a boy from the slums of India, became an overnight celebrity for running marathons from the age of three - but in the last five sầu years his story has developed in ways no-one could have foreseen.

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It was on a very small boy from the slums of India, who was running huge distances on a daily basis. It was both astonishing and profoundly unsettling.

I have sầu run upwards of a dozen marathons and could not fathom how such a small boy would possess the necessary stamina or resistance, quite apart from any ethical considerations.

There was a small part of Biranđưa ra Das, the boy's coach, that reminded me of my own adoptive father, who took in a rag-tag band of eight unwanted kids from diverse Hindu, Sikh and Musllặng backgrounds, and gave sầu them a stable upbringing.

Similar to lớn Budhia's mum, my birth-mother belonged to lớn the lowest Hindu caste & lived in extreme poverty.

But a twist of fate led me lớn be adopted by a couple in Englvà, & I lived an entirely different life filled with possibility.

I arrived just before dawn, wondering if anything more than a disturbing freak show would be in store.

It was still dark but I could just make out his tiny legs swinging beneath a bench in what would become his trademark red pumps - they did not even make trainers his kích cỡ.

The moment I started lớn approach, Budhia leapt up onto lớn the bench and started to lớn persize this giddy tuy vậy and dance for me while simultaneously making the victory sign with both hands.

I was horrified at this little marionette show laid on for me và urged my translator to tell Budhia that he was not required to perform for me.

Looking at Budhia in those first few moments, I did not know if his story would turn out khổng lồ be the stuff of Bollywood dreams or a child's nightmare. It turned out to lớn be both.

Budhia's rollercoaster journey transforms from an uplifting tale of hope & opportunity to lớn one of greed, corruption & broken dreams.

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It is a story of adults fighting a self-serving tug-of-war over a small boy - và it is about a child who is trying to lớn remain whole amid the turmoil.

Did Biranđưa ra Das truly love sầu Budhia or was he in it for the glory? Is sport or any pursuit of stardom an appropriate way out of poverty, & at what expense? Who has the right khổng lồ define abuse?

What's the vested interest of a state in one child when there are hundreds of thousands of children on their watch living in great social misery?

He has been assigned a new coach, though he is no longer required to lớn run the distances he ran before and his weekly schedule includes hockey, discus & football.


image caption2006 Budhia Singh was taken for medical tests - he was banned from long distance running

I asked his new coach if he sees Budhia becoming a running champion: "Now is not the right time to say if he can make it, but if you come baông chồng in 10 years time I will tell you!"

Budhia has also been awarded a government scholarship to lớn one of Bhubaneswar's most prestigious English Medium Schools.

A peon's child destined to lớn caste-bound misery is now mingling and learning among his country's elite.

On his first day, Budhia addressed the entire school: "I am Budhia Singh. You will all be my friends & in return I will help you learn how to lớn run!"

It is difficult lớn gain a full sense of how Budhia is processing the events in his life and the long-term impact.

The last time I saw hyên ổn he seemed brooding và insular. He would stare down a lot. He said nothing. I said nothing.