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As the Order of Australia was conferred on Sachin Tendulkar, Charles Happell, writing in www.backpagelead.com.au, ponders over its justification. He calls the decision "political pragmatism".
Apart from batting beautifully, sending the purists into a swoon and, early in his career, winning the acclaim of Sir Donald Bradman - what has Tendulkar done to Australia-India relations apart from make piles and piles of runs in the Gavaskar-Border Trophy?
So, sorry about the cynicism, but this decision smacks of political pragmatism and serves as another poke in the eye for Andrew Symonds and one or two of his former Test teammates.
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