When Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold, he stood up and said: “I congratulate myself and every Indian.” When Saina Nehwal called on him, he looked at her coach and said, “Who’s are you?” (It was the badminton ace, Pullela Gopichand.)
When parliamentarians probed him on the CWG scam, he asked them to obtain details by filing an RTI application. Now, when world wrestling champ Sushil Kumar wanted to pose with his guru Satpal Singh, he shoos him away (“stay away,” he said) because he wanted no one else in the frame, messing up the picture.
What is the one question you would ask “Padma Vibhushan” sports minister Manohar Singh Gill?
Like, “Did you ask Tenzing Norgay, ‘tussi kauno‘ when you first met him?” Like, “Are you ashamed for myself and every Indian?”
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Photograph: courtesy Commonwealth Youth Games