When India celebrated Abhinav Bindra’s Gold medal

This was how famous sports personalities and dignitaries of the country reacted to Abhinav Bindra's historic victory in 2008.

Congratulations to Abhinav. He has done us all proud. I have always maintained that somebody or the other shines in a good team. We have been improving from bronze in 1996 and 2000 to silver in 2004. We had to move forward. Had we gone back, it would have affected the Olympic sport. The youngsters would have suffered. Now that we have one gold, it will be an encore. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
It is only the beginning and India has got chances of winning more gold medals. Photo: Mahesh Harilal
“He has done all of us proud. It is one of the best things to have happened to Indian sport.” Dhoni, alongside Bindra, was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army in 2011. Photo: S. Subramanium
It’s a proud moment for India. He has put in a lot of effort to achieve this. As a sportsman, I am very happy. Photo: Bhagya Prakash
We are feeling on top of the world and we cannot put our joy in words. He has done the nation proud and also his city, Chandigarh. It has been a tale of sweat and extreme hard work. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
Bindra has created history. This medal is really the beginning for India and I am sure in future there will be many more to come. To come back after injury and do what he has done is amazing. Photo: PTI
Abhinav has shown the world that an Indian can also stand on the podium. It is a result of his hard work and his family support. Photo: Shaju John
“He has made the country proud.” Bindra also received Padma Vibhushan, India’s third highest civilian award from Ms. Patil in 2009. Photo: Ramesh Sharma