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From PM Modi To Sachin To Big B & SRK, The Whole Nation Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Milkha Singh


From PM Modi To Sachin To Big B & SRK, The Whole Nation Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Milkha Singh

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has been quite harsh on us as it has taken lives of many people including few of those who made the country proud with their accomplishments. One such person is the legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh who was given the nickname of The Flying Sikh as he used to run very fast.

The 91 years old legend took his last breath on Friday in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where the doctors were treating him for the post-COVID complications. The four time Asian gold medalist who had been awarded with Padma Shri by the Indian government for his immense contribution towards the Indian sports tested COVID-19 positive on May 19 and he was admitted into a private hospital in Mohali on May 24 because of COVID pneumonia. On June 3, Milkha Singh was moved to PGIMER and things started looking better after he tested negative on Wednesday, June 16. However, the destiny had other plans and things turned ugly after Milkha Singh developed complications as his oxygen levels went down and he also had fever.

A statement was issued by Milkha Singh’s family after the legendary sprinter bid good bye to the world in which they informed people of this unfortunate happening. This is certainly a very difficult time for Milkha Singh’s family as his son and three daughters lost both their parents just within 5 days. Earlier Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal Kaur (85) took her last breath on Sunday and the reason behind her departure was also COVID-19.

The departure of Milkha Singh shook the whole nation and not just the common public but the Indian leaders, politicians, sportspersons and many Bollywood celebs took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to pay their heartfelt tribute to the great Indian athlete.

Check out the tweets:

President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind:

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath

Cabinet Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad

Indian politician Kiran Bedi

Here are tweets made by some former and current Indian sportspersons

P T Usha

Sachin Tendulkar

Sunil Chhetri

Anil Kumble

Jasprit Bumrah

Suresh Raina

The Bollywood fraternity also tweeted to pay homage to Milkha Singh:

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar who played the lead role in Milkha Singh’s biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” wrote an emotional post on the departure of the legend.

Amitabh Bachchan

Shah Rukh Khan

Riteish Deshmukh

Taapsee Pannu

Madhur Bhandarkar

Milkha Singh was born in British India in 1929 in Govindpura village, Muzaffargarh, which is in Pakistan now and he had a very difficult childhood. However, his life changed completely after he joined the Indian army and now his fans have started a campaign on Twitter in which they are demanding the Indian government to award Milkha Singh with the highest civilian award of the country, i.e., Bharat Ratna.

Om Shanti.

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