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Sachin Tendulkar honoured or Dhayan Chand humiliated?
At the outset, enunciate that I keep Sachin Tendulkar in great esteem, his incredible contribution in the arena of cricket, unparalleled persona, aura he generates around wherever he goes deserves all accolades.

The Government has aptly conferred him with the most coveted national award of the country, the Bharat Ratna award. With this momentous award in his glittering crown, he has become the first ever sportsman in the Indian history to be conferred with the nation's highest civilian award.

A debate has also been triggered in media, society, and sports fraternity-does he deserve the Bharat Ratna as a sportsman?

I don’t desire to politicize the issue as it pertains to a person, who has been a cynosure of all eyes, brought name and fame, glory to the nation. However, by honouring Sachin, the first sportsperson to accomplish that feat, we as a nation are humiliating or to be candid, humiliated another sportsman, Major Dhayan Chand, the wizard of Hockey.

Sachin’s records, feats in cricket are incredible. Nobody is challenging or undermining that. The legend has aptly been described as the living legend, an individual, who has proved his mettle, worth in all forms of the game, be it longer version, the Test or shorter version, the One Day International or the ultra-fast, the Twenty20. His feats speak volume, 200 Test matches, 100 international centuries and more than 34 thousand runs in international cricket among others.

But Dhayan Chand’s contribution in Hockey too was incredible. The fact that he was born in the era when nation’s liberty, dignity was shackled under the British regime, goes on to demonstrate the capabilities of the man.

Dhayan Chand, played a significant role in winning Gold Medal for the nation in three consecutive Olympics, 1928 (Amsterdam), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin), the biggest spectacle of sports on the earth. In his spectacular career, he scored more than 400 goals.

Legends have it that during the Berlin Olympics, Adolf Hitler, the then ruler of Germany applauded Dhayan Chand for his mastery, magic of Hockey. He offered him Germany’s citizenship and a post of Colonel in the army spearheaded by him.

Sachin deserves all accolades and awards in this world. However, as a sportsman Dhayan Chand should have been conferred with the coveted Bharat Ratna award first.


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