Sachin Tendulkar the Rajya Sabha MP...!
© Harish Jharia
The breaking news about Sachin Tendulkar having been nominated by Congress party for the coveted post of Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) has sent high voltage shock waves across the country. The ruling party’s proposal has been reportedly accepted and approved by the President of India in a few hours on the same day.
The news flashed with the incident of a half an hour meeting between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Sachin Tendulkar along with his wife Anjali at the former’s residence in New Delhi. It was reported that Sonia Gandhi called the legendry cricketer for a thanks giving meeting for Sachin’s 100th international cricket century. Nevertheless, this simple and routine meeting turned-out to be a historic event when the 39 year young cricketer was offered a coveted seat in the upper house of Indian parliament, commonly called house of elders.
I have received this news with extreme confusion that has left me speechless and embarrassed. I have been reduced to such a subdued situation for the simple reason that I am an ardent fan of Sachin Tendulkar and at the same time I just do not like the ways the Congress party has governed India for the last 60 plus years.
I am not able to digest the fact that a living legend like Sachin Tendulkar has become the part of a political party that has been reportedly stained with allegation of corruption, harboring of black money and political conspiracies.
In fact Sachin Tendulkar has a larger than life persona and his image cannot be squeezed to the narrow slot of any political party that is looked at with a different angle of view. It would be better if Sachin Tendulkar refuses the offer of the nomination as the Rajya Sabha MP at-least as long as he is actively playing cricket.