Why Sachin shouldn’t get the Bharat Ratna

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  1. happy

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    The Bharat Ratna is an award our leaders give one another. Twenty-three of our 41 Bharat Ratnas are Indian politicians. It isn’t easy to think of Gulzarilal Nanda’s mighty achievements or for that matter Rajiv Gandhi’s.

    Norman Borlaug, who saved India from starvation, didn’t get the Bharat Ratna. Even so, many deserving people got it. Amartya Sen, J.R.D. Tata, Nelson Mandela, B.R. Ambedkar, Mother Teresa. His fans now want Sachin Tendulkar on this list.
    Let us examine the case against him.

    It is of course inevitable that he will be given the award. This is because democratic governments tend to bow to popular opinion in such matters. Last month, the government signalled its intent by amending the rules so that Tendulkar could become eligible. The Bharat Ratna is our highest civilian award. Before 16 December, it was reward for “exceptional service towards advancement of Art, Literature and Science, and in recognition of public service of the highest order”.

    Now, it may be “awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour”. This is poor wording. Deploying the forward slash communicates something pedestrian, not heroic. I am surprised Manmohan Singh let this draft pass, as did P. Chidambaram, under whose ministry the awards fall. “Performance”, the word added specifically to bring in Tendulkar, is not the same as service. The critical words “towards advancement of” have been dropped. Salman Khan performs exceptionally in his field. Does that qualify him to be Bharat Ratna? According to the new rules, it does.

    In the US, the Congressional Gold Medal is rarely given to athletes. Sportsmen who have been given the award, like Jesse Owens and Joe Louis, tend to have had an additional qualification: heroism. In this case, their braving of racism. The medal is not given merely for popularity. The great Muhammad Ali has not yet won it, and who can say he doesn’t deserve it?

    In India, the power to give someone the nation’s highest award rests exclusively with the prime minister. Singh must inform the president (the rules say “recommend” but it’s really an instruction) of the name of the person he thinks is fit.

    Though he may give out a maximum of three Bharat Ratnas each year, in his seven years as prime minister, Singh has given only one, to Bhimsen Joshi in 2009. This is not unexpected because we can observe in Singh his caution and prudence. The stumbling haste to hand the award to a man still in his playing years is unlike him.

    To return to Tendulkar, there’s no question that he has performed very well as a batsman. He is unmatched in his longevity, and his stamina in getting runs and centuries. What else? In Test batting averages, he stands 16th in history. Even Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara are ahead of him there. In One Day International (ODI) batting averages, he’s 14th. As captain of India, he won four Tests and lost nine. As ODI captain, he won 23 and lost 43. Whether this is a record of “exceptional service/performance of the highest order” is questionable.

    In any case, the Bharat Ratna isn’t a glorified man of the series award. When we give someone the Bharat Ratna, we honour ourselves. We hold up the person as an ideal of true greatness. As a model Indian, Tendulkar may not be the person to hold up in front of your children.

    He resembles a middle-class opportunist who will take advantage where he can find it.

    He sought and got exemption from paying import duty on a car gifted to him by Ferrari. Why must his baubles be funded by the state? After the high court said such exemptions couldn’t be made, he asked Ferrari to pay the duty. He later sold the Ferrari to a man in Surat, pocketing Rs 1.5 crore, according to The Telegraph.

    This sense of entitlement may be seen elsewhere.

    While building his house in Bandra, Mumbai, on an 8,998 sq. ft plot, he said he had forgotten to include a gym.

    Rather than convert one of the many rooms, Tendulkar asked the government to make an exemption and let him build further on the property. Though the government explained that the rules couldn’t be changed for one person, Tendulkar’s supporters, like Raj Thackeray, are insisting that this be done for the great man. And perhaps it will be.

    On 15 April 1999, just before the World Cup, his car hit a Maruti 800 in Bandra. Tendulkar got Thackeray to telephone Mid Day, the paper I joined the following year. He warned them against carrying the story. This was surprising because nobody had been seriously hurt in the accident.

    Thackeray told the paper running the story would damage “national interest”.

    What was this national interest? Mohammad Azharuddin was about to be sacked, Thackeray explained, and Tendulkar was likely to become captain again. Such stories could spoil his chances. Except The Indian Express, no newspaper ran the story. In July, Azhar was sacked and Tendulkar was named captain.

    Will Singh consider such things, some of them already in the public record? Perhaps not. As we have seen, it isn’t as if awards haven’t been given away for much less. Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave the Padma Bhushan to a man for fixing his knees, Dr Chittaranjan Ranawat. It isn’t also as if we take our awards seriously. The general sloppiness of Indians in such matters extends to our Armed Forces. In 1999, the army awarded its highest honour, the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously to 19-year-old Yogendra Yadav. Then it turned out that Havildar Yadav was not dead but in hospital recovering from the bullet wounds the award had been given for. What are such casually announced honours worth? It’s difficult to say.

    Many think that Tendulkar is fit to be honoured. I think so too.

    On his 30th birthday, the tabloid newspaper I edited devoted the whole issue, every page, to Tendulkar and his career. This was appropriate honour for a popular hero, and I’m pleased whenever he makes reference to it. On my walls is a signed photo of him batting during his superb 1998 phase in Sharjah. When I was stepping down as editor, I was presented one of his bats on which is written a personal note. I am an admirer of his batting and it isn’t about that.

    In 2010, the Indian Air Force made Tendulkar a group captain, the only sportsman ever to hold this rank. Tendulkar is already Padma Vibhushan, the second highest honour the Republic of India can give. Kumar Gandharva took apart the gharana system, transformed the culture of Hindustani music and was also given the Padma Vibhushan. Tendulkar hit cricket balls. Many cricket balls, and very far. But Bharat Ratna?

    It’s not about an honour for Tendulkar, it’s about this honour for him. Last year, Tendulkar declined to accept an honorary doctorate from a university saying it wasn’t appropriate. This was proper, and the right thing to do.

    Not giving it to him will raise the value of the Bharat Ratna. We can tell ourselves: “Even Sachin Tendulkar wasn’t good enough for it.”

    Why Sachin shouldn’t get the Bharat Ratna - Livemint
     
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    He played for a cricket board BBCI that claimed to be India.


    What has Maneckshaw done not to deserve the same?

    What about Dhyan Chand?

    And Bindra, the first Indian to get an Olympic Gold Medal?
     
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    he is just a player.how good he might be,or how much image he has created for india,still makes him a player not a scientist or social service activist.

    khel ratna would be enough for him.giving bharat ratna for every tom dick and harry is not good.

    hope sachin refuses to take this honour and creates a new trend
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    So the debate starts before Sachin gets his hands on Bharat Ratna.
     
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    Sir ji because no one campaigned for Congress, it was just Sachin alone.
    President Obama can get Nobel Piece Prize.............if Malala Yousuf can be nominated for Nobel Piece Prize..........then anything can happen.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I think the Bharat Ratna has been reduced to a joke, just like the governance of the country!
     
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    if it can be given to a artist then it can also be given to sports man like sachine.
     
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    And also to him

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    For tolerating the shenanigans from 1947 till date!
     
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    Well, Sports persons should be given a separate Medal. In this Case the Arjuna Award, that is enough.

    Also we have to rename the Rajiv Gandhi Khel ratna Award as Dhayan Chand Award.

    Sachin never played a match like the ones played by the India Field Hockey teams of the pre Independence Era. They were slaves of the british, but they made the British lion to hide from Olympics.

    How can One consider the 2011 Cricket world cup victory as a great achievement??? Then what they will tell about the Indian Men Field Hockey team's victory over the Germans in 1936 Olympic final?? They defeated the Germans in Berlin!!! That was even more daring than that of the Jesse Owens victory over Luz Long!

    Ahh.... this is pure politics... No respect for Bharat Ratna...
     
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    if we have a look on the list then we find as least a 3rd of the Bharat Ratna holders were less known/ less popular to the society than Sachin..... similarly we would add Mr A. Vajpayee also in this list, who is more deserving for this award than at least a third of Bharat Ratna holders....

    i find the above two are more deserving for Bharat Ratna than the current holders as below:

    and others may also add in this list :ranger:
     
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    It has become a Baraat Ratna!
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    I want Bharat Ratna as well :D
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Not to worry.

    I wanting a Bharat Ratna becomes a rage in India, China will mass produce it like the Ganeshas and Diwali Lamps and flood the Indian flea market for the picking - and cheap too!
     
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    IMO Mother Teresa may be given the benefit of doubt and included in Bharat Ratna but the rest have no place in it.
     
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    Case filed against PM, Tendulkar on Bharat Ratna award

    Some people, sometimes, have little to do.

    A case was today filed in a local court here challenging the selection of Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna and charging the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister with hurting peoples' sentiments.

    The iconic cricketer too has been named as an accused in the case filed under Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (offences relating to cheating and dishonesty) 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 417 (punishment for cheating), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 120(B) (punishment of criminal conspiracy).

    Case filed against PM, Tendulkar on Bharat Ratna award

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    Me thinks it was a good thing done. He should have added more sections which highlight the Govt apathy and disregard for law by manipulating the conditions under which a person can be nominated for Bharat Ratna !!
     
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    I hope the court treats the petitioner in a manner he deserves.
     
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    you keep the Ratna, i will keep the cash.
     
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    You WANT Bharat Ratna however, I DESERVE it :sarc:
     
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    Bharat Ratna to Sachin flouts poll code: RTI activist - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: An RTI activist may have struck a sour note in the UPA celebrations on awarding the Bharat Ratna to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

    RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya on Tuesday complained to the Election Commission (EC) accusing the Congress government for violating the model conduct of conduct and influencing voters in the five election- bound states of Delhi, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    In his complaint, the activist said that the government has announced the Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar in "haste" to gain the goodwill of voters and to influence them. Tendulkar is a Congress-nominated Rajya Sabha member since 2012.

    He added, "A large number of intellectuals were also influenced by the ruling party when a Bharat Ratna was awarded to scientist CNR Rao. In the history of independent India never has it happened that in the midst of ongoing elections the Bharat Ratna was awarded to anybody."

    Bhattacharya said that if the EC did not take an "exemplary view" of this act, then there would be more such decisions taken on the basis of caste, religion and community.

    "The government of the day has made a mockery of the standards of election ethics and the Election Commission is certainly expected to take necessary action to provide the equal battle field for all parties to contest in elections," he said.

    Bhattacharya has also filed an RTI with the PMO seeking information on the circumstances related to the decision. He has sought information on who has recommended the names of the two awardees and who were the others in the contention for the country's highest civilian honour.

    The government announced the Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar and scientist C N R Rao on November 16.
     
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    Deserve it or not doesn't matter... I want so I want. :lol:
     

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