ROURKELA, Feb. 5. — The marriage of one of the most eligible bachelors of the country, Dilip Tirkey, the captain of the Indian Hockey team, is going to be solemnised without any problems, according to the ace defender.
Speaking to the media at a hurriedly called press conference, Dilip said: “All the problems relating to the marriage have been sorted out and it is only a handful of vested interests who are creating all the problems.” Dilip was of the opinion that a “few persons were trying to keep the matter alive on the basis of Gotra.”
Dilip Tirkey, the captain of the Indian Hockey Team and one of the best defenders in the world in the game, is getting married to Mira Tirkey, on the 6 March, at the Hamirpur Roman Catholic Church. For the last two weeks, his marriage to his fiancée has created a controversy here. According to the mandarins of Oram Samaj, of which Dilip and his fiancée Mira are a part, the Samaj does not accept any intra-Gotra marriage. And this has created all the problems for the would-be husband and wife. But the courtship, according to Dilip, had continued for the last three years, and it was no secret for anybody that both of them would get married one day. It was at the last moment that the whole controversy erupted. One group of the Oram Samaj filed an objection before the apex committee that an “intra-Gotra” marriage is not possible.
When this problem surfaced, elders, especially from the bride’s side tried to justify it. Meanwhile, the problem aggravated when Dilip’s mother, Resina, who was staying with him at Bhubaneswar, surfaced at Rourkela and objected to the marriage. Finally, despite Dilip’s mother’s objection, the Padha, the apex body of any tribal society, agreed and cleared the marriage proposal of the celebrity duo. Only after that could invitation cards be distributed among friends and relatives. Dilip’s mother has now agreed to be present at the marriage.
Meanwhile, Father Laurentus Lakra, the parish priest of Hamirpur Church told The Statesman: “The Church does not believe in any such things like Gotra, and we are totally in favour of the marriage, and there is no objection from our side.” He agreed that an unnecessary controversy is being created.
Wearing an Adidas sweater and gray pant, the visibly shaken Dilip said: “The administration is playing its own role in the smooth conduct of the marriage and the police has taken an understanding from the opposing party that they will not create any problem during the marriage.” There was news that the opposing party would protest or demonstrate during the marriage at the Hamirpur Roman Catholic Church on 6 February.
The best defender was candid enough to let his defense down. He admitted: “I want the problem and the controversy to be over soon as it will affect my professional life and I will not be able to concentrate on my game properly before a vital assignment like the Hockey Test Series against Pakistan.”