Bengaluru: Someone who has been carrying the burden of a billion people for over two decades has to be a super human. What is important to note is that the Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has not made any fuss about it and gone about his business quietly, making the country proud in every manner possible.
For many of us, the Little Master is more than just a cricketer. He's a youth icon that every Indian looks up to. Sachin is also active in social work, trying his best to make the society a better place to live in.
Sachin has inspired generations and his sheer presence in the middle has given immense joy and happiness to people, not counting the numerous trophies he has helped India garner in the cricketing field.
He has carried the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Indians all over the world on his weary shoulders for more than two decades. If that does not qualify for Bharat Ratna, then nothing else does.
However, if Sachin deserves the honour, then so is hockey legend Dhyan Chand whose sheer display of skills with a hockey stick can make a peacock dance in the desert, not to forget that he used to play in an era when the country was fighting for equal rights and independence.
Dhyan Chand was a source of inspiration to a lot of people when India was more proud of getting an Englishman down than their achievements on the sporting field.
Dhyan Chand was magic without any tricks or illusion and such was his talent that even the great dictator, Adolf Hitler offered him German citizenship after India made mincemeat of Germany on its home soil by winning the 1936 Berlin Olympics final 8-1.
Towards the end of his life, Dhayan Chand had numerous health problems, thanks to the way our government and sports federations treated our national pride.
Two months before he died, Dhyan Chand made a remark that indicated his state of mind, "When I die, the world will cry, but India's people will not shed a tear for me, I know them."
The time has come to rectify our old mistakes and honour the Hockey Wizard with Bharat Ratna, probably a bit more deserving than Tendulkar even after being a huge Master Blaster's fan.