Yogeshwar Dutt, the Indian freestyle wrestler who won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics, has won the hearts of all Indians once again. But before that …
He started his medal winning spree in the International arena in 2006, when he won a bronze in the 15th Asian Games at Doha. He had just lost his father a few days before the event and was also suffering from a knee injury, but his fighting spirit prevailed and he won the bronze in the 60kg category. In 2010, he overcame another career threatening knee injury and won the Gold in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Then in 2012 Olympics, he won the Bronze. He followed it up with a Gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and in the Asian Games too. He was awarded a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2012 and the Padma Shri in 2013 from the Government of India.
But Yogeshwar Dutt is special for reasons other than all this. On the 29th of August 2016, he got information that his Olympic Bronze Medal had been upgraded to Silver, because the wrestler who had won it, failed the dope test. The interesting fact was that this wrestler, Besik Kudukov had passed away on 29th December, 2013 in a car crash and his urine was recently re-tested for banned substances. Instead of gloating on this turn of events, Yogeshwar Dutt tweeted “Besik Kudukhov was a good wrestler. His failing his dope test after his death, is very sad news. I respect him as a wrestler.” Then he goes on to say, “It would be respectful to his family if they are allowed to retain his medal. To me, human compassion is above all.” How special is that???
Now he has done another special thing… He has set an example for all the future bridegrooms of this country. He has accepted a dowry of One (1) Rupee only from his in-laws. As per Hindu custom, a ‘vara dakshina’ is given to the grooms as part of the marriage rituals. Though no amount has been mentioned anywhere in scriptures, this term was always misused by many grooms to acquire dowry from the bride’s family. Even though dowry is not sanctioned by the courts now, people do indulge in this custom as part of tradition. “I saw my family struggle to collect dowry for the girls of the family,” said the 34-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt who got engaged at Murthal in Sonipat on Saturday. As a result, I decided on two things while growing up — I will excel in wrestling and I will not accept dowry. My first dream has been realised and now it is time to keep my second promise”, he said.
We need more and more people like Yogeshwar Dutt in our country to come forward and set an example to the youth of this country, to show them the path to walk on, to teach them what Humanity actually is. Just crying that “intolerance is increasing” or “exploitation of girls is the norm today”, is not enough. Be the change you want to see in the world! This is what the man with the golden heart, Yogeshwar Dutt, is doing. May Maa Bharati Bless him always!
Jai Hind !!!