Sachin Tendulkar is The God turned Cricketer turned into an Indian Sports Icon. He shines foremost and upfront any other Indian. People know him for who he is! Who hasn’t known Sachin, who hasn’t ever seen him played? I wonder? One of the name I heard every now and then, since I was born, was Sachin Tendulkar.
We all love him for his ambitious game, his skills, and his persona. We have seen him in the numerous Advertisement of Coca-Cola, Boost (-is the secret of My Energy), Britannia Biscuit, Polio Awareness and so on. He helped Indian corporate houses sell product worth trillions. Be it, Television or any commercial/non-commercial producer in India, everyone has utilized his image power to promote themselves and reap billions in benefits. We have seen him play cricket, achieve Gross Runs of 82,436 and take numerous wickets.
He lives in our home, on walls of our room, in our television, and moreover in our heart.
The news of him being nominated in Rajya Sabha (House of Elder) isn’t strange. In a country where most of the celebrities retire themselves into a vein political career, his nomination came as nothing new to me. Especially recommended by The PM Manmohan Singh, and nominated by the owned right of President Pratibha Patil, along with few other big names, he is chosen to represent himself for Social Work, through State. He was nominated under Article 80 of the Constitution that allows the President to nominate 12 members to the 250-member Upper House.
Indian National Congress knows well to play the smooth game. The right decision by the opportunist came as a blow to the opposition. Later, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) reacted swiftly and unambiguously towards his nomination, as;
“Sachin is a great player. We are proud of him. If Sachin is being nominated surely he will devote some time to Parliament.”
Wasn’t that Sarcastic, I smelt it…
Also, the reaction from our dearest Kiran Bedi, the champion of Human Rights, wasn’t optimistic either.
“Unless Sachin becomes a national voice for clean,organised sports he would be a disappointment” [...] “Sachin will perhaps have to guard against being used by political interests. He belongs to all. He is a silent lone worker, not an activist” @thekiranbedi
I’m not an expert in Indian Politics, however I can guess that Sachin will have a rough time if he is to be selected as one of the law makers. Billions of people around the world, who live to see him play, who cheer for him would definitely be sad if he cannot deliver his duty. We know that Politics is never corrupt, the Politicians are! Therefore, he needs to fight hard to defend himself if any allegations are made upon him in the future.
A rotting Image for any celebrity turned politician comes hard like a sucker punch, to them, however only the mighty and calm can survive the blow. Let’s hope for Sachin to make the best decision. As billions are looking at him right now, it’s sure that his decision will affect numerous lives.