Former Olympian favours `mile sur.." type song

Jamshedpur: In view of the controversy about the forthcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the country, a former Olympian has strongly favoured that the Games theme song should be alike the popular song ‘Mile sur mera tumhara’ of late 1980s.

The multi-lingual unity song composed by Ashok Patki and lyricist Piyush Pandey was developed by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad and promoted by Doordarshan in 1988 was not only popular but also generated patriotism among the Indians, felt Harbhajan Singh, who was the first Indian to have the distinction of representing the country in two sport disciplines (Basketball and Handball) at International meets including the 1980 Moscow Olympic games in Basketball.

"The Commonwealth Games theme song on the line of song ‘Mile sur mera tumhara’ will certainly serve our purpose as the patriotic song has the strength to generate the feeling of being Indian particularly when the CWG was already mired in controversy over financial irregularities and delay in meeting the deadline for development of infrastructure", Singh, who is also the Secretary of Jharkhand Basketball Association and General secretary of East Singhbhum Olympic Association said.

The song had involved people from all walks of life including singers, sportspersons, intellectuals, musicians and the impact was marvelous, Singh told reporters.

Attributing lack of patriotism among the Indian for the prevailing corruption in all spheres of life, Singh said it was absolutely wrong to single out sports alone for the prevailing corrupt practices.

"Corruption has penetrated in all spheres of life and the prevailing controversy over the CWG should not hamper the progress of the international meet any way", he said while advising the sportspersons not to get involved in such controversies and concentrate on the forthcoming games.


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