The Manmohan Singh-led UPA government made the last minute, but vital, change to ignore hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna by replacing the hockey great's candidature with that of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from Test cricket last year.
The dishonour meted out to Chand is visible in the mail trail, accessed by Headlines Today, involving the Prime Minister's Office which show how the government snubbed Dhyan Chand to favour Sachin, no doubt two greats.
On July 16 last year, then Sports Minister Jitendra Singh recommended the hockey legend's name for the Bharat Ratna which was acknowledged by former PM Manmohan Singh nine days later. The internal PMO note reveals Dhyan Chand's name was making rounds for the award till early August 2013. This was possible due to an amendment in 2011 to the law which made sportspersons eligible for the country's highest honour.