Chandigarh : Mr Milkha Singh was a veteran sportsman of our subcontinent and succumbed to covid last day. The entire nation mourns the demise of the honorary captain.
Justice Markandey Katju (Patron, IRA) inaugurated the session with his address. Ms. Gurmehar Kaur, who is a peace activist who promotes South Asian culture was the Guest Speaker of the event. It was also attended by Mr. Indervansh Chadha, the Chairman of IRA & its Vice-chair Dr. Athar Ilahie.
Mr. Himmat started his address by quoting Milkha Ji:
“History resulted in partition of India and Pakistan but I am Milkha Singh. Whose childhood was spent in Pakistan and youth was spent in India. Childhood taught me to fight poverty and youth taught me how to win. Wherever I ran, India and Pakistan both ran with me.”
Milkha Singh & family was a direct victim of the Partition of India. It was indeed a glorious moment that a noble organisation which works for undoing the Partition of India held a memoir session on him.
Mr. Katju mentioned the lack of attention given by Indian Govt. to Sportsmen. Gurmehar Kaur gave a detailed insight about the life of the great sardar. Mr. Chadha even recollected a memory with Shri Milkha Singh while being awarded in a sports event. The Social Media department of IRA informed that all the addresses will be updated in their YouTube channel in coming days.
IRA Punjab Members Ms. Yogita & Ms. Inayat also delivered their insights about the life of the great sprinkler of subcontinent. Other National Members of IRA Mr. Nawaz Aman & Mr. Sundaram Bharti and Anmol Singh (Vice President, IRA Punjab) also participated in the session which was moderated by IRA Punjab leader Ms. Zeenath Brar.
The event was noted with the limited involvement of IRA Premier Irfan Pullani, who is recovering from bad health.