The Indian government has given the Bharat Ratna to famous cricket player Sachin Tendulkar. I think Dhyan Chand should have been given the Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is a great batsman. Even so, he is not the only great sportsperson India has produced. How one can forget the iconic hockey player Dhyan Chand?
Since the Indian government is going to face a general election in 2014, it decided to please Sachin Tendulkar fans by giving the award to the batsman on the day he retired from international cricket. The timing of the statement of the award is doubtful. How can you decide to give a famous award to someone just to please the public? It trivializes the dignity of the award. The value of the Bharat Ratna has already been comprised in the past.
Sachin Tendulkar is a talented batsman. He is hailed as the greatest batsman of his creation. He has helped the Indian cricket team win several worldwide matches. He has a glorious career extending over 24 years. The Mumbai-born batsman created several world records, which are improbable to be broken for many years to come. However, India has produced several other great sportspersons.
We tend to forget the greatness and factor of past sportspersons. Dhyan Chand was a great Indian hockey player. He was born in 1905 and died in 1979. He was regarded the greatest hockey player of his generation. The Jabalpur-born player helped India win 3 Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. He gave pride to a nation pulling under the British rule. He scored more than 400 goals in his entire career.
There is a demand by Indian citizens to give the highest private award Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand. It’s time the govt gives importance to the forgotten hockey player.
I am not only concerned about Dhyan Chand. It is also true that the government is neglecting sports features in the country. India needs more sports features like economic support to talent belonging to poor backgrounds, construction of more stadiums, and creating facility for motivating new talent. It’s a shame that in spite of being a nation of more than a billion people we are not able to win more medals than several smaller countries. The reason for this is nothing but neglect of sports and sports facilities by effective Indian governments. Unless we encourage growth of sports services all over the country we are unlikely to win more than 10 medals in the Olympics games.