Major Dhyan Chand and Hitler’s story

In the Olympic 1936 India won the Final match and the Gold medal by 8-1, of which 6 Goals were scored by Dhyan Chand himself. Hitler, left the stadium halfway through the match, as he could not bear to see his team lose.

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Later, when Hitler came to know about the magic of Dhyan Chand, heexpressed his desire to meet Dhyan Chand. On being informed by theGerman Chancery, Dhyan Chand could not sleep the entire night. DhyanChand was numb with fear as were every member of the team, wonderingwhat would happen in the lion’s den.The next morning Dhyan Chand found himself, before Hitler.

Hitler took a look at the sub-standard canvas shoes of Dhyan Chand and enquired
“what else you do, when not playing hockey ?

Dhyan Chand: I am in Army

Hitler: What is your rank?

Dhyan Chand: I am Lance Nayak

Hitler: Come over to Germany and I will make you a Field Marshal.

Dhyan Chand was in flutter, not understanding whether it was aninstruction to him by the Supreme Commander of the mighty German Army or an offer.

Breaking his silence after a few seconds, Dhyan Chand replied in chaste hindi,“India is my Country, and I am fine there”.

None of the Generals accompanying Hitler could respond to the patriotic rebuff rendered by the plucky Indian Soldier. Hitler is said to have taken his eyes off Dhyan Chand’s canvas shoes briefly and retorted,” As you like it “and stomped away in a huff.

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