New Delhi: In a recent movie based on real life hero-turned-rebel Pan Singh Tomar, actor Irrfan Khan, who played the protagonist, says, "Nobody cared when I won medals for India, and now that I have become a rebel, everyone's taking my name". This statement is so true.
No matter what experts say about the fact that the London Olympics provide the best chance for India to decorate its Olympic record book, it is important to refer to the dialogue above and ask how much do we really care about the athletes (and here we are not talking about the glamorous cricketers and tennis players). Yes, we slam our athletes for failing but how much do we celebrate and respect them for giving all that they have and for making sacrifices?
Today, a Times of India report shocked everyone. Santhi Soundarjan, a former Asian Games silver medalist, is working as a daily labourer in a brick kiln. This after she was stripped of her records for failing the gender test in 2008. Following the humiliation and poverty, she even tried to commit suicide.