Happy Days Are Here Again
When songwriters Milton Ager and Jack Yellen wrote the song “Happy Days Are Here Again” and copyrighted in 1929, they must have hardly imagined that their song would become iconic and a feel good song that would bring a smile on the face.
The other day I was at the club when I bumped into an old friend who told me a story that made me feel that “Happy Days are here again.”
The returning Indian contingent from the recently concluded Asian Games at Seoul was honoured by the Indian Government in Rashtrapati Bhavan‘s impressive hall. Each competitor was given a citation personally signed and every medal winner was given a cheque on his way out. This was a far cry from the promise of a cheque which normally never came or if it did, months after the incident
At the reception, the athletes were told that they were invited to the PM’s residence for breakfast the following day at around 9 a.m. Sadly cyclone Hudud put paid to those plans and the PM had to rush to Andhra Pradesh. But, being a man of his word, he went ahead with his plan of meeting the athletes, calling them at 7.30 instead.
The athletes were only too happy to have finally met a PM who appreciated them and their efforts and gladly joined him for an hour over a cup of tea and breakfast. While leaving they were each one assured of the PM’s personal support and could count on him for any help.
Sports which has always enjoyed step motherly treatment over the importance give to academia academic was never given its due recognition in India. It is heartening to know that this is changing and soon Indians will acknowledge the contributions of sportsmen to the cultural tradition of India.
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