We have completed 70 years of independence with lots of ups and downs. Today, India is a leading economy across the globe with the phenomenon actors, actresses, doctors, engineers, sports person…in every field India is on high peak. But ever since we thought how people suffered after independence or better I use the word after partition. Yes, India get the biggest gift of Independence as “Partition.” “The Partition of the country gave birth to the dominion of Pakistan, a new homeland for Indian Muslims.
Partition of India is one of the most violent and tragic events in recent history and saw massive migration across the border. Indian Muslims left for their new homeland Pakistan, while Hindus and Sikhs left, now a day’s Pakistan for India. Partition resulted in gruesome riots, killings, abductions and rapes. Trains full of butchered bodies crossed the newly drawn Red-cliff line, which has divided both the countries. Lots of people fled from their homes, leaving behind their possessions in fear of communal violence. Ten million people travelled miles on foot, bullock cart and train towards their newly promised homes.
It all shattered. We can’t even imagine from which era the people were suffering from. We can’t even say how much grid and torture they all have gone through. People were just bemoaning their luck.
Time passes, and the day came…12th August, 1948. Which brings happiness. Indian hockey team won the Gold medal in summer Olympics, 1948 by defeated host country The Great Britain. Before that, in 1920 and 1936, India also won the medals, but not as a free nation. So officially, we can say India, as an Independent Nation won his first Olympic Gold on 12th August, 1948.
Many few of us know this. That winning brought back smiles on the faces of people, who were fighting with themselves to rebuild their lives after getting enough of partition time. This winning is very precious because after partition we, as an independent country had nothing with us than big cries and losses of near and dear ones. So our hockey team not only made the whole nation proud but also gift us a gold shine, new sunshine to live, to get proud, to be happy, to enjoy enough pride of being an Indian.
During that time Mr. Naval Tata is the president of Indian Hockey Federation, who struggled a lot to gather a new team, with all new members and many of them were set to make their Olympic debut.
People were e accepting that India and Pakistan will play as a team in that Olympic but both the nations have decided to play as an individual country.
First time India was marching as an Independent country with Indian flag in the Wembley stadium, having crowd of around 20,000 people, with tying Turbans on their head as a dress code. Wasn’t it a really proud moment for all of us!!!?? I want to bring a small point in everyone’s eye that few of us know about this Olympic but all of us know about winning 1983 Cricket world cup. Isn’t it strange!!! I agree both winnings are a proud moment for us. Both are equally great. But 1948 was a very critical time and 1983 was a stable time for India. Many of us even didn’t know the names of our Hockey players. It is very hurtful say that We all know about Kapil Dev, and his team who won first Indian cricket world cup, but how many of us know Kishan Lal, and his team , who won first Olympic Gold in Hockey, as a free nation ???
In the Olympic League India beat Austria and Argentina, in which against Argentina, Balbir sing scored 6 goals and defeated Argentina by 9-1.
Quarterfinal was held against Spain. Again India won by 2-1. In the Semifinal, India beat Holland by 2-1.
Now speculations were going on about India-Pakistan Finale match, but Great Britain beat Pakistan in Semifinal and made its position in final match against India. On the final match of Hockey, 12 Aug., 1948, the weather was wet and little rain is going on, ground was very muddy, around 10,000 audience were present in the ground….but no one was able to stop the courage and willing of Indian Hokey team to win the Gold. Indian team beat the Britain team with great Co-ordination and intelligent position play. And India beat Britain by4-0…OMG!!! That winning has no expression… its priceless….think… Who ruined our life for 100 years, we beat them in just 70 minutes, won our pride back, and team of 8 members represented whole country and make the world know that we are India. We are super Indians.
After all these, the disturbing thing is , though Hockey is our national game, and being a national game, it also gave us a proud by winning Hockey World Cup (1975) and almost winning 9 Gold medal in Olympics (from 1927 to 1980), still in India, people only talking about one sport, playing only one sport, people are curious about only one sport, fame is limited to the people around that sport only….and the strange thing is the sport I am talking about is the national game of Great Britain….and after 170 years…we are still following their national game….!!!!!!!!!! I also like cricket, I am not against it, I just want know that why our whole country and sport eternity is around cricket only….????
In my opinion, 12th August would be celebrated as a big win every year. Whole India should know about our Hockey team and under how much stress they have played. Rather played very well. Each of the team member has different struggle and story to tell. But no one is interested about that glory and its value. Our education system should add lessons on the struggle of 1948 Hockey team so that our youth can learn how to fight and win the situations. Actually the whole Indian Hockey Team (1948) are considered to be our freedom fighter team and we should give similar respect to them as we are giving to our freedom fighters. Government would have to promote our national game and every Indian should know the story of our big win, the story which glorify India.
To justify this win and give respect to all team, team members and their struggle we should celebrate the day 12th august as Indian Hockey day.
Awaiting for your response.