More than joy, the news of Dhyan Chand being recommended for the Bharat Ratna, has come as a welcome relief for the hockey wizard's family. Dhyan Chand's family has fought for years for the honour and almost came close to clinching it last year till cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar pipped him at the post.
On Tuesday, the sports ministry proposed Dhyan Chand's name for the highest civilian award in the country. But the pain of being the second sportsperson ever to win the Bharat Ratna will probably won't go away quickly.
"Babuji (Major Dhyan Chand) should have been the first sportsperson to get the Bharat Ratna. But I am happy that the BJP government has rectified the mistake of the UPA government," said Dhyan Chand's son Ashok Kumar, himself a hockey Olympian.