New Delhi: Twitter mourns the loss of hockey legend and Olympic medallist Balbir Singh Sr Monday.
The tributes were led by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Sad to hear the passing of hockey legend Shri Balbir Singh Sr. A three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Padma Shri awardee and one of India's greatest athletes, his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 25, 2020
Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well wishers.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 25, 2020
Pained to learn about the demise of Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr ji, a legendary hockey player, who left indelible imprint on world hockey with his stick.
I was fortunate to have met the lively and joyful Balbir ji, a three time Olympic gold medalist. My condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/rgQFi3yB8V
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 25, 2020
Former cricketer Bishan Bedi shares a photograph of the hockey giant.
India’s Greatest Hockey Player since Independence Sardar Balbir Singh Sr is no more..Long Live Sardar Balbir Singh Sr..RIP Legend.! pic.twitter.com/myDSfsti1r
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) May 25, 2020
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also pays his respects.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Balbir Singh ji Sr.
He was one of the greatest to have graced the game of hockey 🏑.
May his soul Rest in Peace! pic.twitter.com/Z4tnb6D3OB
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 25, 2020
In other news, BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga lights up Twitter with his incendiary comments about former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Good Mornin @IYC
Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) May 24, 2020
Sajjan sent to Jail, Tytler will be sent soon,Case against Kamalnath opened after 35 years. Main culprit Rajiv Gandhi is not alive so we can't hang him https://t.co/4S6R0SO8Dl
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) May 25, 2020
The Karnataka wing of BJP, finds a way to blame the Nehru family for the ongoing migrant crisis.
These Migrant Workers wouldn't have struggled for Work in 2020 if only former PMs Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Super PM, MOTHER Sonia Gandhi had worked for India during their rule.
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 23, 2020
Read what National Conference leader Omar Abdullah thinks of arguments by state governments on air travel.
I don't understand states that are willing to accept 1000s of passengers arriving by train/bus yet throw their hands up in the air at the thought of a few hundred airline passengers.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 24, 2020
IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan throws down an open challenge for Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Police.
If you are just going to arrest everyone who protested against CAA-NRC, then there are many like us who should be arrested first @DelhiPolice.
— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) May 23, 2020
On to lighter news, if you think your neighbour is bad, wait till you see what actor/comedian Vir Das had to deal with.
Actor Anupam Kher feels nostalgic about something that happened 36 years ago….
My 1st film #Saaransh was released on 25th May, 1984. I complete 36 years in the world of entertainment today. It has been an incredible journey so far. God has been kind. And you, my audiences have given me so much love. THANK YOU!! 🙏🙏😍 #36YearsOfAnupam #KuchBhiHoSaktaHai pic.twitter.com/rFpBVHMK3F
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) May 25, 2020
Revenge thy name is buffalo.
Buffalo is getting global support. Seems some Bollywood movie is also coming “badla bhains ka”.
— Parveen Kaswan (@ParveenKaswan) May 24, 2020
US President Donald Trump boasts of donating his presidential salary with a ‘healthy’ dose of self-praise.
I give, and have given from the beginning, my entire yearly salary, $400,000 to $450,000, back to our government. Last check to HHS Covid relief. My great honor! https://t.co/Vv6Uyz9MkF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
American bishop Talbert Swan comes up with a hilarious comparison between US President Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama.
Oscars: Obama 1 Trump 0
Grammys: Obama 2 Trump 0
Nobel Prize: Obama 1 Trump 0
Divorces: Obama 0 Trump 3
Rapes: Obama 0 Trump 22
Impeachments: Obama 0 Trump 1
Bankruptcies: Obama 0 Trump 6
Porn Stars raw dogged: Obama 0 Trump 1
Charity theft: Obama 0 Trump 2#ObamaGate
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 25, 2020
And see how New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden doesn’t quake under pressure.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is the coolest cat around. First she dispatches with COVID-19. And here she is calm as can be doing her live interview during an EARTHQUAKE. #ElectMoreWomen https://t.co/rr0UpJyM7M
— Jess O'Connell (@JessOConnell) May 25, 2020
With inputs from Tina Das and Pia Krishnankutty