Wednesday, 12 March 2008

The Greatest Ever

An article by Rohit Brijnath, this is a moving tribute to Dhyan Chand. It was part of India Today's 100 People who shaped India series of articles. This is the link to the whole article on the India Today website. Notice how shoddily we have always treated our heroes. We are a hugely callous country. We dont deserve our heroes. We certainly deserve our politicians. If you know what this article talks about, and if it does not move or sadden you in any way, chances are, you're Indian.

They say you can judge a man's legend by the quality of myths that surround him. By that measure itself Dhyan Chand was an extraordinary man. To hear tales of his craftsmanship was to wonder whether his stick was designed by Merlin himself. They broke his stick in Holland to check if there was a magnet inside; in Japan they decided it was glue; in Germany, Adolf Hitler even wanted to buy it................

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........When he fell ill, liver cancer it turned out, and came to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, they dumped him in the general ward. A journalist's article eventually got him moved to a special room, but that public memory had to be jogged tells its own story.

In Jhansi they had a funeral, not in the ghat, but on the ground he played on. Players came, but it seemed a little too late. It made it hard to forget the first few words of his autobiography Goal: "You are doubtless aware that I am a common man." He wasn't but he died like one


1 comment:

A Random Traveller said...

Very painful indeed. Today in india, if you need popularity, you need be a politician or a filmstar or a scoundrel or a cricketer. Others are not treated with respect.

But there is also this fact. In a crowd of goats, the wolf might seem like a star!! We should never expect animals(almost 90 percent of general public are all animals) to respect human traits.

So, you should be glad that people like you and me will respect Dhyan chand more than a filmstar or a politician. I think Dhyan chand also deserves the respect from only Humans and not animals or parasites.

:)