As family members and friends distributed sweets, and the mobile and land phones of the Bindras rang almost incessantly bringing in a flood of congratulatory messages, Abhinav's parents Dr A S Bindra and Babli Bindra said, "We cannot express our joy in words. He has done the nation proud."
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They said their son's gold medal-winning effort at the Beijing Olympics was not just an individual feat, but "a victory of the nation".
"It is an occasion not only for us to celebrate, but also for the whole nation. It is a victory of the nation and not just Abhinav's victory," said Dr Bindra.
He said after spending a huge sum of money on Abhinav's training and other stuff and the hard work put in by the champion shooter finally bore fruit.
Photograph: Abhinav and his family
Reportage and photographs: Sheela Bhatt in Chandigarh