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What helped Abhinav to clinch the gold

I thank The Tribune for carrying letters on Abhinav Bindra’s remarkable performance in the Beijing Olympics. Incidentally, I had initiated and coached Abhinav since 1995.

Abhinav has broken the 108-year-old drought. His devotion, dedication, determination, discipline, analysis and hard work on the right techniques for 13 years yielded rich dividends.

In addition, Abihinav’s parents extended total support to him in providing him latest weapons, ammunition, equipment range and expert coaching in India and abroad. Moreover, they sent him abroad for treatment of back injury at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

Significantly, Abhinav’s father, Dr Bindra did it happily for the uplift of sport. In the process, he went out of the system and did not waste time in extending him the necessary help and cooperation. All this resulted in victory.

It would be highly appreciable if others emulated Abhinav. Shooting goes well with academics as it requires concentration. Abhinav deserves Bharat Ratna.

Lt-Col J.S. DHILLON (retd), Coach of Abhinav Bindra, Chandigarh


We need to learn lessons from Abhinav who had to fight against heavy odds to reach the top and from many others who could never reach their full potential. We must identify the faults in the system and remove them quickly. I think bureaucratic red tape, corruption, lack of infrastructure, insistence on financial audit instead of work audit, improper work culture and no financial support are reasons for Indians’ poor performance in the Olympics.

We probably need an attitudinal change to excel in sports. The media has to play an aggressive role to awaken the general public, the government, the policy makers, the parents and the teachers to set the right kind of priorities and do something constructive. The media has the capacity to build public opinion and a mass movement to take up the challenge.

Dr VITTUL K. GUPTA, Bathinda


We congratulate Abhinav Bindra for winning a gold medal for the country in Beijing Olympics. The young shooter has presented the most befitting gift to his country on the occasion of Independence Day. His performance was magnificent because the award is first of its kind for India. Moreover, other than hockey, we never brought gold home.

Besides being a shooter, Abhinav is a business executive. It adds further value to his feat. India’s success story is being scripted by its youth on the international canvas with myriad of hues. Hope the Indian contingent in Beijing brings more glory to the nation!


Positive response

Kuldip Nayar’s proposal to the leaders of East and West Punjab “to move a resolution in their respective Assemblies for expressing regret for the Partition massacre and apologies for the carnage on the eve of Independence declaration” (Aug 14) is laudable. The positive response from Mr Badal and Mr Nawaz Sharif to the proposal is equally reassuring.

Not to speak of the carnage, Partition itself was a sin against God and humanity. The idea that different religious groups cannot live together happily is most abominable and directly nullifies what our Gurus and Sufi Pirs stood for.

The whole project of Baba Nanak, for instance, was to initiate a dialogue between Hinduism and Islam and to emphasise unity in the variety of religious traditions. With Partition, in a manner of speaking, Sikhism lost its very raison d'etre and the historical catastrophe continues to disturb the Sikh heart and soul perhaps more than it disturbs others. I hope the two Punjabs will reunite in some manner sooner or later.

Dr DALIP KAUR TIWANA, President, Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana



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