As you must have repeatedly read and heard by now, Sachin Tendulkar – the legendary Indian cricketer – is soon becoming a member of parliament (MP) in India’s Rajya Sabha. His seat number also seems to be decided – he is supposed to be designated chair number 100 in honor of his 100 centuries!
What is raking up a storm in the public domain is not the news of his becoming an MP, but the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the membership of a political party. Also, the fact that Sachin is still playing cricket (he was busy playing and practicing for 235 days last year) and has not taken a stand on any social issue till date, forces some to judge him unfit for a powerful political position. Whether his fans like it or not, the 39-year-old “God of cricket” has chosen to become a (most-likely Congress party nominated) Rajya Sabha member!
Nevertheless, if we ignore his political affiliations, it is obvious that Sachin Tendulkar is powered by mammoth fan-following and unparalleled admiration. Sachin has the potential to bring about a sea change in Indian sports that extends beyond cricket! Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra said “Tendulkar can make a change in the sporting landscape of the country” and we hope that this is why he has indeed joined the Rajya Sabha.
India’s sporting scenario (excluding the game of cricket) is in a state of terrible mess. This appalling state of Indian sports directly translates into poor performances in world sports championships. In the 2008 Olympics for instance, India won just 3 medals while our neighbor China won a staggering 100! Countries such as Germany and Australia, that have drastically lower populations than India, won 41 and 46 medals respectively!
There is no doubt that Sports is important to India. Sporting medals, honors, and championships unite the country and boost its morale. Having said that, Sachin has a lot on his plate in the coming six years, if he wants to reform Indian sports.
We have made a list of some major drawbacks in Indian sports. Vote for what you think Sachin can change in Indian Sports as a member of its parliament. You never know, the God of Cricket might just be listening !
Thank you for voting. Let us hope that “Yes, Sachin Tendulkar – the Rajya Sabha MP – Can!!”