is called The Wall for his unruffled play in the trickiest of situations. But
there’s more to this cool good-looking dude than his knack for hitting
boundaries. He is a Padma Shri and has been declared Youth Icon of the Year by
MTV. M.S. Unnikrishnan measures the length and
breadth covered by Rahul Dravid.
Wall has transcended all barriers to attain iconic status. When Rahul Sharad
Dravid was chosen for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year Award, ahead of Amitabh
Bachchan, Ratan Tata, A.R. Rehman and Amartya Sen, his fans were not surprised.
They knew that it was a just reward for a remarkable role model. And when the
Padma Shri award ceremony followed a few days later, his fans were overjoyed.
For Dravid, however, receiving awards and accolades has become a matter of
routine. When he was bestowed the Arjuna Award in 1998, and the Wisden award in
2000, Dravid was all modesty. He never gloated over his achievements, though he
has a lot to be immodest about.
Capt Amarinder Singh's
government been trouble-prone right from its inception. It had barely
quelled the Bhattal rebellion - highlighted by Punjabi news-based
programmes like Lashkara's Kharian Kharian - when the
controversial decision to stop old age pension backfired.