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Sunday, December 30, 2001
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MOMENTS OF JOY & GLORY

After years of waiting and deserving, Sir VS Naipaul finally received the Nobel Prize for Literature from the Nobel Committee. The richly deserved accolade, however, came with its share of controversy —some critics alleged that it were Naipaul’s views on Islam that finally got him the nod from the Committee. The Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, and the shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan were awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour — the Bharat Ratna. And for once, after a long, long gap, there were smiles on the faces of hockey lovers. Both the junior and the senior hockey teams won prestigious tournaments and revived memories of the time when Indians used to dazzle with the stick.

 

 

 

 

 

Another feather in Asha Bhonsle’s cap was the Dadasaheb Phalke award. Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar added to their sporting prestige. Kumble became the only second Indian bowler to bag 300 wickets and the fifth in the world to cross the milestone. Tendulkar scored over a 1,000 runs and bagged the trophy for being the best cricketer in 2001. Mira Nair was also not far behind in earning laurels for herself and the country. Her film, Monsoon Wedding, got rave reviews and the Golden Lion. But the real pleasant surprises were Aamir Khan’s Lagaan and Sunny Deol’s Gadar— Ek Premkatha. Lagaan will be India’s entry for the Oscar Awards. And the new Miss India this year was Celina Jaitly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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