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Renaming Khel Ratna: Mitron, This Smacks Of Vendetta!

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Kolkata: “I have been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. I thank them for their views.

Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award!

Jai Hind!” tweeted our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the wake of the Indian hockey teams’ estimable show at the Tokyo Olympics, Modiji is in THE mood to capitalise on the ecstasy. What if our men have won a bronze but their female counterparts missed out on it? It’s a medal after a 41-year drought at the Olympics and it should be commemorated.

As a sports-loving nation, we can only look up to the Varanasi MP with utmost approbation for ‘rechristening’ the prestigious award after a legend, perhaps India’s first sporting superstar. Yes, yes, here is one PM who acknowledges achievements. Kudos Modiji.

But wait! Let’s not dance our way to the sky! Isn’t Modi a politician first? Beyond doubt, he is and being an astute one on that, he certainly knows the art of making subtle political capital, apolitically. Time to shed light on this!

So, what was the previous name of the award? Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award! Hmm, wasn’t it institutionalised after the late Prime Minister who still holds the record of entering Lok Sabha with the maximum number of seats?

But it’s not Gandhi’s fault though. His only crime is his political allegiance — the Congress party, Modi loves to hate. Or to put it more precisely, the Gandhi family — the very mention of which exasperates our loving PM.

So, Modiji, a pertinent question: Had the award been named after an icon from your BJP, would you have shown such magnanimity? We bet you wouldn’t have! The gigantic cricket stadium in your home state bears your name — ridiculous it seems so because it is attributed to your dreams. And out there, you maintain a furtive silence. Do you have the big heart to rename it too? Well, netizens have already started raising questions on these lines following your ode to Dhyan Chand. Come on Modiji, rise to the occasion!

Hey! Please do not mind our words! You love to be revered, eulogised and worshipped which is why you are immodest enough to leave your signature mark on the tiniest of hoardings. Your desire to be put in the bracket of demi-Gods is now an open secret. But why this hypocrisy?

If you blame the Gandhis for being stubborn not to relinquish control over the Congress party, your dictatorial attitude smacks of an innate urge to be immortal.

And any sensible person would be aghast at your vengeance. Rajiv Gandhi can be replaced but why not a plethora of schemes that have some of your party leaders’ names etched on them? Can you rename some of them? You wouldn’t for sure.

When Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demands Bharat Ratna for Covid doctors and health workers, he becomes the butt of jokes — his critics see a hidden agenda behind it. But at least Kejriwal makes a valid point even if it is meant to impress voters. Politicians are not trusted in our country, ‘unfortunately.’

But Modiji who considers himself to be the Pradhan Sevak is reluctant to take a different route primarily driven by his political ambitions.

Protests from Congress have been feeble as of now. Barring Kerala MP K Suresh, there’s hardly been any airing of grievance but you never know as a new political slugfest can begin anytime soon. Talking to news agency ANI, Suresh said, “It’s unfortunate. Rajiv Gandhi was PM, he led the country into the 21st century. He encouraged sports, youth. This Govt wants to saffronise & that’s why they gave another name.” Sad if at all a war of words gets aggravated over a legendary sportsperson, but Modi, you have been the trigger.

Nobody dares to undermine Dhyan Chand’s contribution to Indian sports, but even he would be questioning the agenda behind this cachet bestowed upon him sitting right up in the heavens.

Mitron, Kaisa lagaa mera yeh gimmick?” Need we say more?

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