India news April 26, 2012

Tendulkar nominated to Parliament

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The Indian president has approved Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament. Tendulkar met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday and was offered a seat in the upper house's nominated category. He accepted the offer and his name went from the prime minister's office to the home ministry, and then the office of the President, who formally approved the candidature.

Tendulkar will fill one of 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha that are reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." Tendulkar is the first sportsman to be nominated in this category, which has no election process. (Former Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey, who took oath as a Rajya Sabha yesterday, was elected.) Previous nominated MPs, who serve a six-year term, include the musician Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain.

Tendulkar's nomination had not been expected to meet with much opposition, given his stature in India. The nomination came from the ruling Congress party, which is currently fighting political battles on various fronts. Before meeting the prime minister, Tendulkar and his wife Anjali met the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who reportedly congratulated him on his hundred international centuries.

The reaction from the main opposition party, the BJP, was swift and unambiguous. The party's chief spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said: "Sachin is a great player. We are proud of him. If Sachin is being nominated surely he will devote some time to Parliament."

The BCCI also welcomed the move. "We are happy that Tendulkar's services as a sportsperson has been recognised," the Indian board's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told PTI. "He's been a true ambassador for the country and he deserves it."

However, commentators on the game were less enthusiastic in their response. Sanjay Manjrekar, a former team-mate of Tendulkar's and now a media analyst, said he was shocked at the news, because he could never have imagined this to be how Tendulkar wound down his career. "My only fear is that this man is not suited for the kind of role he is being given. Until now, I've seen no sign of that. Even when the contracts dispute was on, when a players' association was being formed, it was Anil Kumble in the forefront." Manjrekar also wondered how Tendulkar would balance his cricket and commitments as an MP.

Harsha Bhogle had a similar opinion*. "If the nomination is an honour, I am all for it," he said. "But if it is an attempt at improving governance in India, then he doesn't have the experience."

*02:59, April 27: Harsha Bhogle's quote has been updated.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Sycophant on | April 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Birds of a feather flock together.....Tendulkar proves this by associating himself with the Congress....There are many similarities between Sachin and the great old party.... 1) They still work and will always be working for the betterment of the country....either in Cricket or in Politics....whether they make any progress or not 2) They will keep going on and on and on and on....for eternity....and whats more good for the country than their continued plunder. 3) Both has sacrificed much for the country....earning a lot for the country (for themselves or for himself....and by the way they are a part of the country)....who else can match them

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    love u sachin,,,,,,,pls concentrate on criket too

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Great step by master...Hope he can do something in RS too. Anyways, the elected representatives are not doing anything, how can we hope for something from honorary ranks. We are always in support of master!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Is this going to be another Arjuna Ranathunga and Sanath Jayasooriya... Take Care Sachin....

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    helloooooooooo csk ku visil poduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | April 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    i know nothing of indian politics but all i know is, there r some very smart politicians in india , top ministers n so on but not everyone elected is smart n educated. compared to them, sachin has better exposure. so it wouldnt surely hurt indian parliment by adding sachin .

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | April 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    If Tendulkar has intentions of doing something good for the country, then this may be a good step. But if there are some other motives, this is going to spoil his reputation.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I don't know much regarding Indian politics, but I think this was a good action has been taken by the PM and president. He has played for India for so long time, so I think he can do some great things for Social Works.

  • POSTED BY India1231 on | April 27, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    This shows how BRAVE a person can be. He is not hiding like other stars from politics. Sachin ROCKS off the field as well !!!!

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | April 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Deity on the cricket field now becomes deity in government

  • POSTED BY Sycophant on | April 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Birds of a feather flock together.....Tendulkar proves this by associating himself with the Congress....There are many similarities between Sachin and the great old party.... 1) They still work and will always be working for the betterment of the country....either in Cricket or in Politics....whether they make any progress or not 2) They will keep going on and on and on and on....for eternity....and whats more good for the country than their continued plunder. 3) Both has sacrificed much for the country....earning a lot for the country (for themselves or for himself....and by the way they are a part of the country)....who else can match them

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    love u sachin,,,,,,,pls concentrate on criket too

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Great step by master...Hope he can do something in RS too. Anyways, the elected representatives are not doing anything, how can we hope for something from honorary ranks. We are always in support of master!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Is this going to be another Arjuna Ranathunga and Sanath Jayasooriya... Take Care Sachin....

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    helloooooooooo csk ku visil poduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | April 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    i know nothing of indian politics but all i know is, there r some very smart politicians in india , top ministers n so on but not everyone elected is smart n educated. compared to them, sachin has better exposure. so it wouldnt surely hurt indian parliment by adding sachin .

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | April 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    If Tendulkar has intentions of doing something good for the country, then this may be a good step. But if there are some other motives, this is going to spoil his reputation.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I don't know much regarding Indian politics, but I think this was a good action has been taken by the PM and president. He has played for India for so long time, so I think he can do some great things for Social Works.

  • POSTED BY India1231 on | April 27, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    This shows how BRAVE a person can be. He is not hiding like other stars from politics. Sachin ROCKS off the field as well !!!!

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | April 27, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Deity on the cricket field now becomes deity in government

  • POSTED BY MyCricketLife.net on | April 27, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I don't see why many people are saying he should not have accepted. Sachin is a role model. Lots of people look up to the great man, so what if he can use his personality to send a message to the people. Don't you think this is a worthy effort ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Sachin should have retired after the WC ; now its just sad .

  • POSTED BY balajeev on | April 27, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @ Riken Shah - There's a grain of truth in what you say. Tendulkar might just take to politics like a duck takes to water.

  • POSTED BY sundaravel on | April 27, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    To say frankly, I strongly oppose the power of president to nominate 12 members who are excellent in literature, arts, social service. pls note that they are good only at their field. To honor them government can do something else. There are many young and educated people trying do something good as a politician. pick them and give them chance.

  • POSTED BY Aaryabhatta on | April 27, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    1st of all ,its nt entry of politics.go n read 10thcivics books,its house wid quota for reponsible dignatries who r good in der field.it gives dam stage to voice of national importance...n b a part of decision making process..RAJYA SABHA IS HOUSE OF ELDERS NOT HOUSE OF COMMONS.wtever he does..i will alwyz respect him for cricketer he was n person he is

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | April 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    THIS IS GOOD NEWS THAT SACHIN TENDULKAR IS NOMINATED TO UPPER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT.HOW MUCH CAN HE CONTRIBUTE TO POLICY DECISIONS, IS THE MATTER OF ACTUAL INTEREST.

  • POSTED BY sunil_t on | April 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    From a Sri Lankan cricket fan, congratulations. But... is this another Jayasuriya in the making?

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | April 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    What does Tendulkar bring to the table as MP? Since the basic definition for requirement is "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service.". Does Sachin have experience in any of these areas?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    This is great! Hopefully Sachin will raise some important bills. No one can risk going against him :)

  • POSTED BY BHUTORIA on | April 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Mark my words, One day Sachin shall be nominated as the President of India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Well... Sachin is downgrading his image with these type of things.... i just dont understand why he needs to get into there...

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | April 27, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @Kavindeven: It was just a honor. PM and cabinet ministers going to lead the country not him., u guys waiting for a chance to pull his leg?????

  • POSTED BY PhaniPolisetty on | April 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Cannot understand why a great man like Sachin has agreed to take up this position. He can do a lot to the country in any field given his stature in India and internationally. It is much better to be involved in Social work, NGO organisations etc to help the poor and the needy rather than sitting in a position for doing something to the country where the position's power is not much greater than dummy...Not being pessimist or discouraging the good intent here but simply can't see any good coming out of it...Nevertheless, Congratulations Sachin !!

  • POSTED BY mTw_cheetah on | April 27, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I mean come on .. All those who say he's not fit for the role , you need to understand that this is an honor for one of India's most beloved son ! Even Lata Mangeshkar , Pt. Ravi Shankar etc have been honored with the same .. Do you think they had any political acumen or were experts in the same field ? No right ? So why don't we just accept the honor involved merely and wish him well ? Though I would have certainly accepted a Rahul Dravid there, his stance on the moral pitch has been as straight and beautiful as ever, no one can question that. But I don't see how Sachin does not "suit" the role, its not that question in the first place even ! Go SRT , get a ton there too :)

  • POSTED BY Pissu11 on | April 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Vow god has a new house. Welcome to rajya sabha sachin sir

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    whattta joke...!!!!! gimmick for votes in next elections.. @Kavindeven - spot on..!!!

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | April 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @ListenToMe , you read my heart out.

  • POSTED BY sai4suni on | April 27, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    We had due respect towards Sachin who is a Legend but entering into politics is a bad idea from this legend. We don't want Sachin to become another JAyasuriya. Many great personalities lost their reputations after joining into politicsas it is a big drinage and it can defame any big personality. So we don't want the great Cricket God to lose his reputation.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    No one is born a politician, people do learn politics.......I am sure that SRT will end up having a good political career as well. Having said that, politicians in the sub-continent do not have a good reputation so Tendulkar will spoil his as well.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    That is great....................Salute SACHIN

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Some seats in Rajya Sabha are meant for extraordinary achievers across different fields. I have no quip about Sachin being nominated for this.

    First can he devote sufficient time for working on issues and bills raised in the Rajya Sabha? A professional sportsman simply has too many commitments both in terms of his sport and his sponsor commitments apart from his personal life.

    Second is he competent to do the job? I certainly welcome the opportunity provided to him to showcase his ability. Howver great sportsmen often do not make great public servants. While his popularity might have short tracked him into becoming an MP his ability and insight will determine his success as an MP. Kudos to him if he gets it right. However if he does not his best option would be to simply move away from this. Sachin tendulkar will always be a cricketing icon for generations to come irrespective of whether he is a capable RS MP or not.

  • POSTED BY correctcall on | April 27, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Now how about supporting DRS?

  • POSTED BY bravetigersmustwin on | April 27, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    A man who cant lead 11 members is now going to be the member of parliament. Sachin is great as a individual cricketer and nothing else. He s already honoured with some military rank and now MP ... this is too much... yes this is definitely incredible india

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Is this an indirect way of forcing SRT to announce his retirement from international cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    As Harsha has pointed out, Tendulkar does not have the experience...it would be interesting to know whether he has any knowledge about politics at all. I honestly do not think this is a good idea, Tendulkar is too good a player to go down this path...for his sake and his reputations sake, i do not hope he ends up like Sanath Jayasuria did...

  • POSTED BY India1231 on | April 27, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Politics is backbone for a nation.

    Coming to politics is a MUST for all capable person in any field

    Sachin is a true GUY. As long as your heart is pure and always think about people you don't need to worry on any side effects from politics

    All the best Mr Sachin :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    hope tendulkar does not loose his humbleness

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | April 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @too_much_cricket - well said man. Can not agree more. SRT has just got greedier.

  • POSTED BY dgurjar on | April 27, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Sachin has really bowled a googly!With due respect to Sachin-can he please let us know how he is going to attend the rajya Sabha -forget the debates-when he has still not retired from active cricket? Is politics his passion also? Will he be like Lataji who had a very poor attendance there?What is the politics of Congress in nominating him? Is it to counter Bal Thackery who is a critic of sachin for some of his remarks? How is he going to spend Rs 2 crore which every member gets? So many questions and no answers. Can someone enlighten me?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    "Tendulkar will fill one of 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha that are reserved for those persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." So this nomination as MP is not for political work, but to represent his field in the Parliament like, Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar did earlier. So this should not be seen as Sachin's entry in Politics.

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | April 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    For all of you who think that Sachin's presence will lift the politics, remember Sachin is great only when he is playing for India. The moment he retires, his appeal will slowly fade and being in politics is not going to do him any good. This is a sick move from a man who i had great esteem for.

  • POSTED BY ListenToMe on | April 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    See how fast it was done!! That means our system can work faster, but they don't do it for the people. Shame!. Some feel that Sachin will lose some fans. Not at all. Lata Mangeshkar was elected the same way and did she lose her fans? Being an MP doesn't mean that Sachin should move to some political party and work for them. He can sit idle and get the salary of an MP too. Simple. Great India!

  • POSTED BY Biophysicist on | April 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    In my opinion, among cricket players of recent times Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid are better suited for such a position. Also, having retired from active cricket, they would be able to devote adequate time for the parliament work. Finally, both were known to be people who place serving the larger interest of the team above personal achievements and milestones.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Sheer wrong decision by great man. Already congress has started promoting him and that is wrong for him.......

  • POSTED BY Mary_786 on | April 27, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Can't think of a better man getting the job, he is an example for all people, good luck Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    whether elected as MP or PM or President we dont care.............

  • POSTED BY shahnawazarshad on | April 27, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Sachin should show by an example that politics is not bad at all ...he has nothing to prove so he should serve the society and leave the foot prints on the sands of time that coming generation follow upon them . He should have to do somthing that separates him from other worst politicians ....

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Well, the great Imran Khan is going to be the PM of Pakistan. Surely the great SRT can be an MP. Guys, SRT has the charisma to move the whole of India. His mass appeal is unparalled in modern Indian history. Only Gandhi & Amitabh Bachchan come close.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Cricket GOD moving towards STUPID area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    I think by joining the politics he will lose his image & all know about Indian politics, they will drag this person also into controversies if something goes wrong..

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Finally he decides that he is getting too much respect and have decided to reduce it!! Wrong turn......

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    This is a bad idea. I have been one of his fan throughout his career but not sure whether I will continue to be his fan in politics too. Even the great Telugu actor Chiranjeevi was no1 in telugu film industry before entering into politics. Then he entered into politics, started a new party won 18 MLA seats and finally merged his party with Congress. In this process the great actor lost some of his hardcore fans. I wish the same will not happen in case of Sachin Tendulkar. I wish he (the GOD) will not become a DEVIL I wish all the best in new life

  • POSTED BY MyCricketLife.net on | April 27, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Congrats to the great man!

  • POSTED BY krash237 on | April 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I would suggest him that he must be an independent Member of Parliament. He shouldn't allow any party (Congress, BJP, SP, NCP, Shiv Sena, etc....) to drag him, in any controversy.

  • POSTED BY 185sau on | April 27, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    At first when I know abt this, I dnt like this, as a cricketing fan of india, Iam never have any interest in Politics, bt when i read fully abt this news, I understand that this is just a respect shown by indian government for the best sportsmen ever in indian history, and now i think its good that he accept this decision. and i think its not a very good thing to do by constitution of india, Politics will be used to serve the nation well for any cost. Bt overall its a good honor for best sporting personality..

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Finally Found a way to confer Bharat Ratna to a Politician. Smart thinking

  • POSTED BY Sankara on | April 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Unless you consider wrestling not to be a sport, your article contains an error. He is not the first sportsperson to be nominated. That honour goes to Mr Dara Singh, the wrestler, who was nominated about 10-12 years back, if I am not mistaken

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    sachin will easily become the prime minister of india, 90% people of india will vote him, b coz people of our part of world, vote for popularity than anything else,

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    he finds another place to replace cricket as he is close to the retirement..i guess he can never be good politician..it's better to stick with cricket related fields...anyway he is an individual, so can take his own decisions.people don't bother too much about this...

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I think this is an honorary position in the Rajya Sabha, not sure if he gets to vote on bills. If indeed he gets to vote, then I'm not sure how he deserves it. With the stature that he has got in Indian cricket, never have I seen him influence any of the major decisions concerning Indian cricket. He never fought for central contracts for the players, never fought to bridge the great financial divide between international cricket and the first class cricket in India, never stood up for the players against BCCI for burdening them with cricket fatigue. Either he sides with BCCI in all their decisions or has complete apathy towards cricket in India overall. The bloke is simply a great batsman, period. But, I don't think he deserved this position. I don't even want to blame the UPA for appeasement, as they could be given the benefit of doubt, but this simply is not a good development.

  • POSTED BY CRmadrid on | April 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    There are one million ways of helping people without entering in to politics, specially a guy like him who has loads of money and influence in the society. This is again a very selfish decision to make a living when he retires from cricket. Not to help the poor.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | April 27, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    What is he going to do in rajya sabha ? he probably wont even have time for it

  • POSTED BY madjag on | April 27, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    "reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." Exactly how does he qualify??

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    There's no doubt The Maestro's stature is much higher than this seat.The crunch is he is damn busy in the last couple of years of his incomparable cricketing career. Such role is considerable once he retires.Moreover, considering the overall political/ governance milliau the chief motive behind this cheeky move is to politiically cash the master's image in public thus secretly driving ulterior vote catching factor. Rajya sabha membership can wait. Confer Bharat Ratna on him immediately.

  • POSTED BY agent001 on | April 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Just a clever way of getting him to say good-bye to test and other formats of cricket. He with all his commercial dealings probably would want to be around cricket for a couple or three years. Cricket has made him rich and a "god" in India, so why retire?

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | April 27, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    STUPPID DECISION. He will join the ranks of DO NOTHINGs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Cricket - 100% people likes him......Political - will be difficult to keep his respect......

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | April 27, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    awesome news. we finally have some representation from the sports field in the upper house. i hope his time there is more fruitful than the time of other glamorous MPs such as jaya bachchan, javed akhtar and shabana azmi.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | April 27, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    thats not a breaking news as tendulkar is a born politician.just wonder how long wud he continue with cricket?im disappointed

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Question to ask everyone here who criticizes his decision: What would u do if u are asked for the same? Would u accept the offer to contribute in a socially responsible position or would u decline?

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    good Tendulkar nominated to Parliament

  • POSTED BY Sanoop_r on | April 27, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    If He feels He can make a difference, then why not? Its way way better to serve the nation in this manner than retire and be a part of the commentary bandwagon. And its upto Him to make this decision and I don't understand why others want to have a say in what He has to do. And Saandeep Mani and that Waterbottle Dsouza, words cannot describe the "respect" I have for you people !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Sachin should not accept this at this time. he could well become MP after he has retired.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    ...reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." Literary, scientific, artistic, social service-minded Sachin? You are joking, right? He couldn't even captain a cricket team properly! Dada would have been a better choice.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    i think it is great . if he wants to help poeple and listnening to the problems of people and solve. it is great good luck . he will do a great job.

    from asian american

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Sachin is a legend and Pride of Sub-cont Cricket. We had another legend in Zaheer Abbas, in his glory days, but what makes Sachin stand out is his off the field conduct along with his on the field accomplishments. I am a die-hard Pakistan team fan, but do enjoy Seeing Sachin showing his class against our bowlers. I am happy to see that the Gov of India is acknowledging his service to the country. Love Sachin

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 27, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Politics aside, India is one of the world's GREATEST symbols of democracy. Sachin should be HONORED to serve our great country. I thank the President for such a wonderful gesture to honor a man who has served his country with integrity and dignity. A man without any political agenda or controversy is exactly what our nation needs. I hope he encourages the youth of India to step up to the plate and take responsibility to lead our country in the 21st century. Congratulations Sachin !! serve India well.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | April 27, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Oh no, now we'll have to hear about the landmarks yet again. Most babies kissed in a calendar year... god help us.

  • POSTED BY on | April 27, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    I think Tendulkar should coach cricket. I don't like to see him enter politics. Bad move Sachin !!

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | April 26, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    I knew this is going to happen one day. Looks like all the sports men and women around the world seek politics as their final sanctuary. Imran Khan, Sanath, and now Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Sachin should not accept this ... Politics is not a game of cricket and he has lot of other good things to do .... Sachin : Please do not enter into Politics even as a inactive member.

  • POSTED BY sabbor on | April 26, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    suman das u being too nice:D

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Politics dosen't match with Sachin Tendukar.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Finally the day has come and Sachin joins the rat race.....

  • POSTED BY kasyapm on | April 26, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Oh no...don't get me wrong, I am not against the elite joining politics or holding positions of responsibility. I am only concerned that Sachin has decided to take this responsibility at this stage, when he still has much to offer as a player and Indian team is in a rebuilding phase. Also, after his retirement (not urging him to do so, whenever that happens - 2,3 or 4 years down the lane), he might be better off in a cricketing role. He can take up this role later (say after 10-15 years). This announcement is a surprise and I hope Sachin explains his reasoning in some interview (he need not, but as an equally ardent fan of Sachin the personality along with Sachin, the player, I feel we need to know his reasons). Whatever, I sincerely hope he some how manages this new role and wish him all the very best!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    A great man at a great place, I am looking his future may be as President of India or might be become Prim minster of India. This is a great honor not only for him for whole sports community. GOD help him to do his duty honestly and devoted hinmself as he is doing in his game of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Another utter disappointment !

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | April 26, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Good riddance! Another way to get rid of someone - promote him!

  • POSTED BY crazyuddie on | April 26, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I don't know. The question to ask is who in the past has rejected a Rajya Sabha nomination (this kind of nomination). I can't think of any, but I'm sure there must be a few. In any case, it is a miniscule number. Then why, all of a sudden, should SRT refuse the nomination? He was asked and he accepted. It wasn't as if he vied for this.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    He enters into politics.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Sachin sinks to a new low!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Sachin should not accept this step with atlease this worse government...manmohan and congress performed very poor and sachin should take part in this goverment....most of the sachin fans will be disappoint by this decision from Great, Great God Sachin Tendulkar....

  • POSTED BY tinted on | April 26, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    May be the public will start following politics..

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 26, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @Harrysi, Sachin has already been conferred the "Khel Ratna" award which, I believe, is the highest recognition for a sportsperson in India. So, I don't really understand all this fuss about "Bharat Ratna". The problem is "Khel Ratna" has also been awarded to a few other cricketers, I believe, and Sachin fans want a higher recognition for him. Sachin would rightly be recognized as the most influential sportsperson in the country regardless of whether or not he is given the award.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I dont understand what the fuss is all about. Why do you need leadership skills to join the Rajya Sabha? They are not running the nation anyway. You just need to be famous that's all...which HE is. They are just a bunch of educated/famous helpless individuals who discuss bills and amendments only to be overruled by the REAL house i.e. the Lok Sabha. He's just going to be selected for the dummy house; not gonna be sticking posters on our compound walls and asking for votes. Just chill and leave him be, will ya!

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 26, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    I just hope that this doesn't give David Cameron any ideas. I am not inspired by the prospect of "Lord Broad of Stropshire", "Lord Swann of Soundbite" and "Lord Pietersen of Figjam" standing up in the House of Lords and giving us their thoughts on British social policy.

  • POSTED BY Harrysi on | April 26, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    This is nothing but a step to attain the Bharat Ratna award. I hope sachin doesnt get the BR Award.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    As he joins the senior house can he move on...

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | April 26, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    This is great act of respect by govt of india for tendulkar, that's how you salute the greatest cricketer ever born. Great job India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    another one bites the dust....first, the great amitabh and now mr.tendulkar. i guess too much of a good thing just isn't enough. why ruin everything you have earned in terms of respect and admiration by joining politics? just does not make sense. tendulkar's EGO got the better of him. seems like he does not want to let go of the stardom and attention (good or bad) as his cricketing days seem to winding down. mr.tendulkar, what makes you think you are qualified? can you please tell us.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    I have lost all respect for Sachin... I worshipped him as GOD of cricket but now i am shocked and utterly disappointed

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Uh oh!!... I hope you prove all of us wrong again Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Psyc_s on | April 26, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    I am so upset...It is not your fault, you have never asked me to be your die hard fan. I feel like i have been ditched by my girl friend, i have wasted almost all my youth portraying you as my role model, what am i going to search in GOOGLE everyday morning for inspiration??? I don't know whether you have been lured into this or it is your dream to be a politician all through, you have lost a fierce devotee who traveled 800 km to fight a guy who abused you on a online forum...Long Live and Good Bye Sachin....I may be absolutely rubbish but i am sure i reflect most of Indian middle class sentiment...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    this is just like an honary post given to those with great influence...its a great honour n only a fool would reject it..there is no way he is becoming a politician...so be relaxed n chill...

  • POSTED BY prasad_shukla on | April 26, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    i couldnot control my laughter seeing reactions of people.... agree for nonindian...7 th standerd we taught about indian constitution....but i too agree with harsha i dont think any significance of sachin in parliament though much work is not expected out of it (from past nominees or even president of india is iconic post)....to all non indian it is not out of rules or special ammendment it is pre defined category for sports, music , literature, journalists etc.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    This doesnt mean anything unless he can make some significant contributions to the country as a member.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    this isn't politics guys.. cool down. Read the news fully!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Whatever Sachin does is not without a thought... He has taken the right decision... Jay Shri Sachin...

  • POSTED BY dr.a.prakash on | April 26, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Good decision. Make hay while sun shines. If he had refused to accept it later after retirement, who knows, the offer is not sure to be there.

  • POSTED BY navi1 on | April 26, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Why not president; plz think about it... LOL

  • POSTED BY dadvoc on | April 26, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I don't know why people are obsessing themselves so much over his inclusion, high profile people are used as ambassadors and representatives for social welfare throughout the world. It is their following that is being cashed, they are not supposed to be doing the jobs of technocrats. It woks similar to Angelina Jolie's appointment as goodwill ambassador, or that of Aisam-ul-Haq's for Pakistan. So I see no harm in Tendulkar's candidature at all, and the criticism is just pointless.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    hi guys y do u guys think sachin as a politician its a great Honour he is not among them .. He is one among them its Clearly said that Tendulkar will fill one of 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha that are reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." Tendulkar is the first sportsman to be nominated in this category, which has no election process. (Former Indian hockey captain Dileep Tirkey, who took oath as a Rajya Sabha yesterday, was elected.) Previous nominated MPs, who serve a six-year term, include the musician Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain..... they Choose him and take some valuable suggestion not fight like a politician .... I hope so

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | April 26, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer and needs to be coaching, mentoring, BCCI governance. Sending him to parliament for social work may not be the best use of his time.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    is it good for sachin?????

  • POSTED BY dadvoc on | April 26, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I don't know why people are obsessing themselves so much over his inclusion, high profile people are used as ambassadors and representatives for social welfare throughout the world. It is their following that is being cashed, they are not supposed to be doing the jobs of technocrats. It woks similar to Angelina Jolie's appointment as goodwill ambassador for UN, or that of Aisam-ul-Haq's from Pakistan. So I see no harm in Tendulkar's candidature at all, and the criticism is just pointless.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | April 26, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I am confused by the reactions... Although I don't know how Indian political system is setup, but it sounds like this is more of a position of prestige than of any significant power. And if it is really a position of prestige then Tendulkar given the respect and adoration he commands, he deserves it more than many in India.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | April 26, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    another personal record, this guy loves his record a bit too much, now he can claim I lived to score 100 hundreds, became an MP, got worshiped by over a billion people for over two decades, though im not a big fan of sachin but still I wouldn't want him sit among your everyday politicians and do what exactly? fair enough you like to join politics and serve your country, do it like Imran Khan did, be prepared to get your hands dirty, fight it out from the scratch, take the system by it horns and shake it, not be some show man.

  • POSTED BY Naren on | April 26, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    He is a selfish cricketer, so he should do well in politics. I did not mean do good to the public.

  • POSTED BY cricisme on | April 26, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    This again proves Sachin is not as naiive as people make out of him... He is no differerent than Amitabh, Sharukh and others who just want to ride the popularity wagon. I agree with Azam_Ali, If he really cares to change anything then start from the bottom andhelp change the lives of ordinary people.

  • POSTED BY Scube on | April 26, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @Mamidipudi Swaroop: Fully Agree. One of the more sensible comments rather than irrelevant Sachin bashing! Despite being one of the biggest admirers of Sachin, the human being, I always believed that Great players don't always make good captains or leaders! Sachin has often been indecisive or incorrect in his stand on key issues! But, that again doesn't conclusively mean that he'll do the same as an MP too!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | April 26, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    not a good decision, Sachin can do all that after retiring from cricket, but now

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    As an outsider looking in I can only shake my head at the whole Tendulkar affair in India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    It is not the way should be.............................'Sachin' ...move from politics.....until u end your cricketing career......................

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | April 26, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Hats off to Indian cricket commentators who have pointed out that Sachin has not shown leadership skills and he does not have "special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." He is a great batsman and deserves the accolades but that does not justify the POINTLESS HERO WORSHIP. This is a WASTED slot since Sachin is DEPRIVING some other deserving candidate the ability to SERVE THE NATION BETTER.

  • POSTED BY northumbriannomad on | April 26, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    So which is it, then? Literature, art, science or social service?

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | April 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Totally agree with Harsha.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | April 26, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I am not sure if this is good for Sachin. He is a very simple and straight forward gentleman. He may not be cut out for Politics. From what i can gather about other celebrities joiining politics, they have all become unpopular after joining politics whether active or otherwise. I remember that about year ago he had refused a big offer (20 crores) of endorsement from a liquor company. He likes to hold his moral pricipals very high. Dont know how it will work out in politics. Anyway now that he has accepted the offer and confirmed, best of luck to him.

  • POSTED BY Velusamy_Murugesan on | April 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    It's a good respect for great person, but he is a legend, he has lot of experience, so think deep before launch the politics. I think his decision always good because he knew lot of fans behind SR. T "Good thinking never false".

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    As always, there are quite a few diverse views/opinions/reactions on a SRT related development, and of course this one is surely not a negligible nomination. I think Sachin himself should be more clear and vocal about his future plans.

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | April 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    This is ridiculous. His nomination doesn't even meet the definition. I'm a huge fan of his, and he's undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen in history, but how does that make him a good politician?

  • POSTED BY Cricordia on | April 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    could the author also point us to what duties such MPs have? that will enlighten most of the readers here and beyond, of what this is really about when it comes to the job !

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    WOW......................

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    These things happen only in India... All stars (film star, cricketers) have privileges, on the other hand one "Aam Aadmi" will study till the death but never will get a decent job...

  • POSTED BY Huncyy on | April 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    President has time to approve this nomination and a person has to wait for more than 10 yrs to get a result of his mercy plea!! Incredible INDIA!!!

  • POSTED BY Azam_Ali on | April 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Is this a joke??Sachin is a cricket legend and if he wants to pursue politics,then start from scratch just like Imran Khan did in Pakistan and look Almighty has blessed him to be the most popular Politician there after 16 years of hardwork..There are no shortcuts in lives and who can know better abt this sentence than the Great Sachin himself.

  • POSTED BY aroop77 on | April 26, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Sachin is an Indian national, 39 years old, without any criminal record and in a democracy these qualifications r enough to be an M.P.I dont understand the problem people have if he becomes a politician. Its totally up to sachin to decide

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    First bad thing ever happened to him since 1989.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Thank god, he is not batting anymore.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | April 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    This guy couldn't lead India as a captain and then gave up to Mumbai Indian captaincy, how will he lead the country in Parliament?

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | April 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Hope he does something good for the people and not using his popularity to empower his personnel status. He is a good human being, but thats not enough for politics. Please dont destroy everything you built in 23 years.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Confimed Sir.....

    Now he should participate in President's Election coming to India soon.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Awesome....!!!!!!!!!! [~~] :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Congratz Sachin !!! Atleast now we have an MP whom we can always be proud of. Best of luck master!!!! Love :)

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | April 26, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Sachin has never been involved in politics. So this is a strange path to take. This looks like honorary position though, if Lata Mangeshkar and M F Hussain have held it. Still there is a good chance this will further bring down his popularity.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @chilled_avenger my apologies, my earlier comments were directed at Ganapathi Jayaraman and Ciby

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Comeon, sachin is not going to involve in politics, its just an prestigious compliment as a an MP!! stop trolling, please leave this man, stop blaming him for every of his actions :(

  • POSTED BY LolCritics on | April 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Sachin... but i like him a person. I really don't understand... why people always ask him to retire and put some sarcastic comments on him... but people who play cricket with and share the dressing room knows the real value of Sachin... so please if you are playing along with him then you have a right to comment... and do not mix up things here with him being selected as MP.

  • POSTED BY Big_CricInfo_fan on | April 26, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Guys, if you are thinking that Sachin won't get time for cricket once he gets busy politically, forget it. I believe these 12 seats are "chillax" posts. Lataji rarely attended any RS sessions during her term. I am still trying to fit our Little Master in one of the categories listed - literature, science, art and social service. Is it art? social service? Pray tell.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    good......Sachin is a legent

  • POSTED BY Srini88 on | April 26, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    "Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain" - have they done anything as MP for the people? They mingle only with the whos who of the country!!! and not a single common man

  • POSTED BY asit2012 on | April 26, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    congratulates to sachin.i hope he give his valuable time for our country.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    It looks like to be a member of the Parliament , you have to be popular more than anything else. I have heard about a lot of film stars becoming members, and now a cricketer for the first time. This does not make any sense what so ever.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I would like to see him 2015 WC. Now i feel it is impossible.

  • POSTED BY mailinsiddu on | April 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Waste of Public money!!. God save INDIA!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @ Manoj Baddapuri Sorry sir I donot agree with you here. A sportsperson like Sachin Tendulkar is already a bharat Ratna literally speaking and giving him some awards will do little gud to him because he is already the mass hero one who cant be forgotten in many years to come ......... But INDIA could definitely use the sportsman's vision to enhance the sports culture in India which does need some real backing at par with other countries level........

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    awesome...... i am with god.... watever he decides i am always there with him

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I think its good if the Indian govt. wants to honor Sachin for his achievements. There are other big Indian names who have been nominated to MP's post for their achievements. I dont think its popularity based or Sachin will become a politician.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    But it is really a poor decision. My suggestion to Sachin to leave from this position. He should spend more time on net session. I am 100% confident after that Sachin will get less time for net session. And you will find Sachin in poor form as we saw him in last england tour. His form is improved now and he will loose again because of his other commitment. I am very sad of your decision. You will loose your popularity, respect and more importantly your form. Anyway good luck

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    May be In Future Sachin can Create his own party like IMRAN KHAN..

  • POSTED BY AMRules on | April 26, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Bad Decision..don't spoil sachin remuneration bringing him into politics.

  • POSTED BY tejasnatu on | April 26, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Wouldn't be surprised if some ppl project him as the next PM of India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    We can nominate Sachin for Presidential Candidate.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 26, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    The real question is - what is he going to do in Parliament? Rajya Sabha MPs have hardly any power and by being nominated, does not represent any constituency. What is the kind of company he will be in? Surely nobody great! What a downfall this is going to be for anyone who has defined the pinnacle in his field of endeavour! I personally am tired of this Sachin mania that has gripped India again now, and I really didn't want to see India sacrifice the Asia Cup so he can crawl to his silly 100th 100 against Bangladesh! Now, he will show up on Doordarshan? Unbearable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I am concerned... I wish to see him as coach of under 16 team and later for the national team... Definitely he is not going to sit in Rajya Sabha and talk for more investment in sports like Hockey, Kabadi and athletics...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Respect the great man....... He should not accept it..............

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 26, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    "Sachin has never exhibited any knowledge or does have any experience on social and policy issues"

    How can you say that? Sachin Tendulkar is the God of cricket and God knows everything. He has scored 100 international centuries and is the leading run-getter in both forms of the game. He can bowl off-break, leg-break, and medium-pace as well and is an excellent fielder. He has also captained India well. He knows everything. I personally think he should be the President of India. He deserves it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    i think its good.. if he can make some changes, let him. atleast he is willing to try. To change the system, you have to be in the system

  • POSTED BY badalrocks on | April 26, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    contd: He is already sponsoring education of 200 children through 'Apnalaya' NGO.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Hey Friends, As we know Sachin is the greatest batsman, but he is not a good leader (As a Captain). However compare with other existing politicians he is the best. I am sure he will be our President in future...! All the best Sachin! :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    He should have FLOATED A PARTY and win and serve people. MP seat is stupid for his stature. It also just shows he is just interested in money and popularity than serving people. SELFISH SACHIN

  • POSTED BY Ajayvs on | April 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    This is just a waste of Rajya Sabha seat. I want my parlimentarians to attend every session and be an active member of the house. I'm not sure if Sachin can do that since he is still active in cricket.Indian politics will be better off without these honorary posts!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I think, though I don't know the system, he could earn the Padma Bhusan through this....

  • POSTED BY TendDravLaxs on | April 26, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Terrible decission! Tendulkar is the greatest batsman but has played for himself not for the team. Even his 100th century lost India the game. in the Rajya Sabha there is no scope for personal achievement, he has to play for the country whihc he has not done in his entire career.

  • POSTED BY yuvrajsngh007 on | April 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Great....Surely he deserve that seat....

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Sachin is not a leader. He is a great worker bee !! We need leaders in the parliament !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Sachin is great sportsman and also good human but he cannot be a leader that is already proved...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I am not sure why they have not gone with Rahul Dravid or even SG. His contributions to Indian Cricket team is no less than Sachin's. I always felt, with great oration skills and innovative ideas, Rahul Dravid would be a very good choice. In this regard, RSD edges SRT. But going with Sachin seems more like a political move. This nomination does not mean retirement. Even Javed Akthar or Lata Mangeshkar who have been given this seat have not done enough with this post. Outside cricket, Amir Khan would have been a good choice as well

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    better decision not best........anyway welcome

  • POSTED BY subbaraogaru on | April 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Great news.... fact is that India now need new generation politics to save country.... and i believe Sachin Tendulkar have to think of new political party ...cause he only can motivate and inspire and sweep the polls all over India, with his charishma ... come on Sachin do it for Country .....

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    same thing will happen to sachin as like what happen to sanath

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | April 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    The nomination is from the Indian Government. it is from the Congress party. Sachin should not have accepted this. Sad to see Sachin proove us that he is a mere mortal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Use the popularity to leverage urself to politics . U dont get such 2nd chances do u ?

  • POSTED BY jawwadsh on | April 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I would rather have Rahul Dravid in the parliament.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    instead of being a Member of Parliament, he should be member of cricket management, the most important thing he can do is bring on the young generation ahead and help the people to come towards cricket who are not able to approach this game.

  • POSTED BY JBIndia on | April 26, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    This is a perfect decision as far as fate of Indian cricket is concerned. With this I hope Sachin will now consider his retirement and make way for the young players in team India. Please someone also nominate Laxman too!! Now this is the only way these Gr8 players have to be allured so that the talented youngsters get in the team as niether selectors nor BCCI has guts to drop them. Thanks a lot congress at least you did something good for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    By nominating Sachin for Rajya Sabha, politicians are forcing him to retire, soon.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Why the hell we are behind SRT..We spoke about youngsters but what have they done apart from few matches from Virat.We have a T-20 team which has all the youngsters and where do we stand in the ICC Ratings ..Apart from T-20 World Cup have we won any matches ???????

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | April 26, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Time for Sachin's popularity to go down now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Why pushing a great man in a ditch. Sachin should not accept this

  • POSTED BY ciby on | April 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    nice idea to make him stop playing....SRT pls quit and make way fo rthe nextgen

  • POSTED BY Prem1992 on | April 26, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Sachin for president......

  • POSTED BY Riderstorm on | April 26, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Why??? Does it serve any purpose other than bringing in the popularity vote to the existing govt. He is brilliant at his game and I wish he stays with the game even after his retirement as he has hell lot to offer to the game.

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | April 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    relax chilled_avenger ... i think he can add a lot of value... the tenure is for 6 years.. and Sachin is probably 12-18 months (at best) away from retirement, so timing wise its perfect ... you need credible respectful men in the Parliament and no one deserves it more than Sachin.. he can be a great ambassador for sports in general and his ideas can go a long way to improve the pathetic plight of sportpersons (non-cricketers) in India .. I think its a good step ...

  • POSTED BY bmans on | April 26, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Wow!! We will have a Politician in International sports then!!!

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | April 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @chilled_avenger - you need to stop and read your comments "That just goes to show that the only qualification for being an MP in India is the popularity." Well Derr, in what democratic country doest this rule not apply to? All politicians (democratic) are voted in - those with the most votes win, those with the most votes are usually the most popular (amongst the voters). Being a member or parliament means representing people and if you are liked then the people want to be represented by you. I dont know the specific ins and outs of the Indian system (or if having SRT in that position will be a good or bad thing) but yes, popularity is what drives these things. Thats politics.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Gr8... Respect for great person.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    It is a bad decision.. If you want to respect Sachin for his services, Give him more awards and for that matter Bharat Ratna, but giving a MP Seat is does not do any good. Sachin has never exhibited any knowledge or does have any experience on social and policy issues. I am not sure if Sachin can even attend parliament regularly..

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    y not Master could try n suggest improvements as far as sports is concerned....

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    please please please don't do it Sachin .....

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin!!!

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | April 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    If Tendulkar accepts this, he'll be cutting down his playing assignments, otherwise it will be a disregard to the position of a MP. Hopefully he'll make a smart decision on when to play and when not so it doesn't adversely affect the Indian team and also fits in captain, coach and selectors' plans for near term as well as world cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY sarathy_m2 on | April 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Either he should play cricket or serve nation. How can he do both?

  • POSTED BY Tabrez_22 on | April 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    I wonder how will Master Blaster make out time for Politics, as he is such a great form and is playing as if he is preparing for 2015 World Cup. ;) Cheers Master Blaster, you changed the game in cricket, Hope you will the change the game in Politics as well. :)

  • POSTED BY deoks on | April 26, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    With all the international commitments he has as part of the Indian cricket team, not sure how much time he would be able to devote to the parliament. I think a retired cricketer/sportsmen would have been a better choice. Congratulations to him. It's a great honor for the great man.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Sachin's batting is an art, true, but that's not what the Constitution meant, really. This post is supposed to be reserved for people who can contribute to discussions in the Parliament on lawmaking. Sachin, for all his brilliance, rarely takes stands on crucial cricketing issues.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | April 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Sheer madness! That just goes to show that the only qualification for being an MP in India is the popularity. What would Sachin do in the Rajya Sabha? He is a legendary Sportsperson and he contributes to the Society through doing various charities! Let him do that and find someone who will actually have time to devote as an MP! Sachin must find it hard to interact with own family due to the tight Cricketing schedule,will he have the appropriate amount of time to devote to Rajya Sabha? Let the man play Cricket,that's what he knows best!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    One day he ll Become the President of India !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    There has a rich tradition of sub-continental cricketers in politics-Imran Khan,Mohammad Azharuddin, Sanath Jayasuria and Kapil Dev..... If Tendulkar does join the parliament , he will be a valuable addition.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    May be Sonia thinks this is the only she can get him to retire

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    He is easily the most-loved man in India. His fan following cuts across geography, religion and ideology. For 23 years he has given us immeasurable pleasure. We thought he had achieved everything, and then he helped India win the World Cup.We thought the Cup would satisfy him, but then he did his quota of "TON" of hundreds. The Indian government has recommended Sachin Tendulkar's name for nomination to the Rajya Sabha, its great news for very indian.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Hmmm... its time for him to stop cricket... so its a timely move :-)

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Surely a deserving candidate

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | April 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    he has done the nation proud........and a seat in Rajyasabha is good . The presidential office is also opening up soon......I would Like congress to nominate him for that office also

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | April 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    It would be a bad move from international icon perspective. Since Political affiliation of any sort will associate with him with the adgendas of the Indian govt. Tendulkar is a hero accross the globe. he should stay out of politics.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    " SRT for PRIME MINISTER "

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | April 26, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Following Imran Khan's footsteps... Good Future !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Sanchin.. please stay away from this until u retire. Hope u will listen...

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    That's ridiculous. He's a sportsman who doesn't play politics in the game. Why would he be a good politician for the nation?

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I always thought that he is big politician in our Indian cricket team just like Gavaskar. He backed Ganguly to captain, than he backed Dravid to take over Ganguly, than he backed Dhoni for captain and now he is trying to back Virat.....he is the one who believe in divide and rule.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    thats kool for him go for it sachin

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Oh dear! I hope that he just considers this an honorary position and doesn't try anything more ambitious like becoming a politician.

  • POSTED BY karan1609 on | April 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Sachin for Prime minister... :)

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  • POSTED BY karan1609 on | April 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Sachin for Prime minister... :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Oh dear! I hope that he just considers this an honorary position and doesn't try anything more ambitious like becoming a politician.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    thats kool for him go for it sachin

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I always thought that he is big politician in our Indian cricket team just like Gavaskar. He backed Ganguly to captain, than he backed Dravid to take over Ganguly, than he backed Dhoni for captain and now he is trying to back Virat.....he is the one who believe in divide and rule.

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    That's ridiculous. He's a sportsman who doesn't play politics in the game. Why would he be a good politician for the nation?

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Sanchin.. please stay away from this until u retire. Hope u will listen...

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | April 26, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Following Imran Khan's footsteps... Good Future !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 26, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    " SRT for PRIME MINISTER "

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | April 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    It would be a bad move from international icon perspective. Since Political affiliation of any sort will associate with him with the adgendas of the Indian govt. Tendulkar is a hero accross the globe. he should stay out of politics.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | April 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    he has done the nation proud........and a seat in Rajyasabha is good . The presidential office is also opening up soon......I would Like congress to nominate him for that office also