India: What are things that make Indians sad?

India: What are things that make Indians sad? by Shrey Mahajan

Answer by Shrey Mahajan:

FROM ATHLETE TO DACOIT

This is Paan Singh Tomar.

He was in the Indian army and was a national champion in the track event of Steeplechase.

He represented India at the 1958 Asian Games at Tokyo.

Paan Singh Tomar was not interested in steeplechase running at first, but discovered it in the military. He went on to be the national champion of steeplechasing for seven years. His national record of 9 minutes and 2 seconds in the 3000 meter steeplechase event remained unbroken for 10 years. He was not allowed to fight in the 1962 and 1965 wars due to his career in sports, which ended in 1972.

He won many awards and finally retired.

When he got back to his village he had a brutal fight with his cousin over a piece of land and there were regular fights and violence.

When he asked the authorities for help, he was denied and even questioned for his achievements being authentic.

Frustrated, he went on to become a leader of a group of dacoits and executed several kidnappings and murders. He never got the recognition that he deserved that made him take such a violent decision.

And finally one day during a police encounter he was killed.

What is sad is that only a limited numbers of sports get recognised in India while others are left unnoticed. The hard work, the passion, the sweat all goes in vain.

This is what makes India sad.

Also, there was a movie made on his life, called “Paan Singh Tomar” for which Irrfan Khan won the National Award for playing Paan Singh.

[Thank you Anupam Anand for the suggestion.]

About the man himself: https://en.wikipedia.org

About the film on him: https://en.wikipedia.or

[Thank you Srinivasa Rao ( శ్రీ ) ( श्री ) for the suggestion.]

India: What are things that make Indians sad?

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