In October 2012, Sabah Khan launched a non-profit collective called Parcham. Aimed at fostering diversity and women empowerment through sports, the initiative today has touched the lives of more than 1000 girls in the suburbs of Mumbra town in Thane district, Maharashtra.
“Parcham means the flag or banner that is carried during revolutions,” says Sabah alluding to a poem written by Urdu poet Majaz and a particular stanza which reads, “tere mathe pe ye aanchal bahot hi khoob hai lekin, tu is aanchal ka ek Parcham bana leti to acha tha.” A loose translation of these verses is, ‘this veil on your forehead makes you look very beautiful, but if you had made a loftier flag out of this veil, it would have been more meaningful.’
In these lines, the famous Urdu poet alludes to the idea of revolution and sovereignty. At Parcham, it translates into breaking free of the prejudices, advocating unity, harmony, and women empowerment, through sports.