The Nationwide Sports activities Day is held yearly on August 29 to commemorate the birthday of the nice Dhyan Chand identified all through the world because the “Wizard of Hockey”. However the final honour which he richly deserves has been denied to him and nothing is being completed to rectify the state of affairs. Neither the previous governments nor the current one has conferred upon him the celebrated Bharat Ratna award which is he richly deserves.
A piece of hockey lovers has been campaigning strongly for a number of years for Dhyan Chand to be given the very best honour of India however their cries have fallen on deaf ears. Now, one extra Nationwide Sports activities Day is across the nook. As soon as once more, occasions can be held, speeches can be made after which the difficulty of putting Dhyan Chand amongst the elite personalities of India can be shelved.
Dhyan Chand is the best objective scorer within the historical past of hockey. His strike charge was a median of greater than three objectives per match which is way larger than that of the millionaire footballers of as we speak together with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Modern-day soccer gamers take pleasure in an opulent life however India’s best participant was in dire straits after he retired from the sport.
As an aged particular person, when he fell unwell and needed to be hospitalised, he needed to depend on the goodwill of nicely wishers to pay his medical payments. That is the way in which India treats its nationwide heroes.
The injustice doesn’t finish there. Few Indians learn about Dhyan Chand’s objective scoring feats. However each sports activities fan in India is aware of of Don Bradman’s information. Our media and our hockey federation haven’t knowledgeable the Indian public about our personal hero however the file of a overseas famous person.
Dhyan Chand scored an unimaginable 570 objectives from 185 matches performed between 1926 and 1949. This offers him a median of three.08 objectives per match. Soccer’s superstars common beneath one objective per match.
Dhyan Chand introduced residence three Olympic gold medals, the primary one being from Amsterdam (1928), then Los Angeles (1932) and at last Berlin (1936). He was at his dazzling finest towards Germany within the last match. He scored 4 objectives as India trounced Germany 8-1. This was even supposing the German staff indulged in tough play which resulted in Dhyan Chand getting hit on the mouth and having one tooth damaged.
Each time he had a hockey stick in his palms he was unstoppable. There was an event when Don Bradman met Dhyan Chand and when the Don learnt of Dhyan Chand’s feats, he remarked: “Chand scores as many objectives as I rating runs.”
But, until as we speak, Dhyan Chand isn’t recognised as a Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India). Just lately Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award can be renamed and it’ll now be named as Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. Gamers and sports activities lovers lauded this transfer. On the face of it, the transfer does appear to be a praiseworthy one. However allow us to look beneath the floor.
Renaming the Khel Ratna award after Dhyan Chand was a intelligent diversion. It was completed to create an impression that the Modi sarkar has accorded respect to India’s best sportsman. The extra essential concern of the Bharat Ratna award for Dhyan Chand will now be brushed beneath the carpet. The gullible public can be glad that Dhyan Chand has been given his due.
So the actual fact stays that he continues to be disadvantaged of an honour that he richly deserves. Why this famous person of Indian sport is being handled on this shabby method is one thing that solely the federal government is aware of.
Abhijit Sen Gupta is a seasoned journalist who writes on Sports activities and numerous different topics.