She was 89 and was being handled at a hospital in Meerut since April 26.
“Mera saath chhoot gaya, Chandro kaha chali gayi (She has left me, Chandro where have you gone?),” her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar, who can be one of many oldest feminine sharp shooters, wrote on her Twitter web page.
Tomar, who was nicknamed ‘Shooter Dadi‘ for her exploits, was hospitalised after complaining of problem in respiration. Tests revealed she had contracted the extremely contagious virus that’s inflicting over 3,000 deaths each day within the nation.
Hailing from a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, Tomar was 60-plus when she picked up the gun for the primary time however went on to win many nationwide competitions for veterans, her feats finally inspiring the award-winning Bollywood film ‘Saand ki Aankh’.
“I’m deeply saddened by tragic demise of our most lovable Dadi Chandro Tomar ji. She was inspiration for millions and will continue to inspire forever. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti,” Rijiju stated.
“Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her,” Pednekar tweeted.
India’s aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri known as her an “epitome of gender equality & champion of women’s rights”.
“The courage with which she challenged patriarchy & took up shooting as a sport will inspire generations to come. Condolences to her family,” he stated.
Olympians — boxer Akhil Kumar, who personally knew Tomar, and shooter Joydeep Karmakar — additionally condoled her dying.
“Is this corona or something else, I am having doubts now. God, please have mercy. One more tragic news.. Winner of many national awards, the free-spirited dadi ‘Shooter Dadi’ Chandro Tomar has lost her battle with corona. My heartfelt condolences and tributes,” Akhil wrote.
Karmakar stated, “Unconsolable loss! Our beloved “Shooter Dadi” is no more! Chandro Tomar, the epitome of courage and determination for many (Sand Ki Ankh fame) breathed her last fighting Corona. May her undying spirit inspire 1000 of girls to take up sports from the remotest parts!”
Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) president Deepa Malik additionally expressed her anguish on the tragic improvement.
“Your courage, deeds and life inspire many. You have taught generations to live life on your own terms with hard work & passion, may we all uphold your legacy. My deepest condolences to the family and near & dear ones of ‘Shooter Dadi’,” Malik stated.
Considered a feminist icon, Tomar was all of 15 when she obtained married and took to capturing after she was nicely over 65.
It all began with an opportunity go to to a capturing membership when her grand-daughter expressed a need to pursue the game. Tomar picked up the gun and took a shot whereas on the membership and hit the bull’s eye, impressing the membership coach.
“I am deeply saddened and again shocked after listening that we lost our another gem. Dadi Chandro Tomar was Inspiration for many youngsters. You will be missed Dadi. RIP Dadi,” tweeted double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar, who knew her intently.
Tomar went on to participate in a number of competitions alongside along with her sister-in-law Prakashi, who was additionally depicted within the film impressed by their lives. The two broke every kind of stereotypes, together with battling patriarchy.
While the boys at dwelling objected to their capturing, they had been helped by their sons, daughters-in-law, granddaughters and daughters, together with energetic lure shooter Seema Tomar, as they’d quietly sneak out of the home to apply the game at a close-by vary.
Once she obtained hooked on to the game, there was no trying again as she went on to win medals at quite a few nationwide competitions for veterans.
“The courage with which she fought patriarchy and popularised shooting, will inspire generations to come. May god bless her soul and give strength to her family,” stated Olympic-bound shooter Sanjeev Rajput in his tribute.
“Dadi Chandro Tomar was the coolest Dadi and an inspiration for many. My condolences to her family and well wishers. Om Shanti Dadi,” tweeted cricket icon Virender Sehwag.