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Nominated because of contribution to sport - Tendulkar

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May 1, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar plays late on the off side, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar: "I played cricket for 22 and a half years, I understand that I was nominated because of this reason" © AFP

Sachin Tendulkar has said that his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament, was due to his contribution to sport and no other reason, and affirmed that he would not be trading cricket for politics. His comments, at a function in Pune, came amid a public debate over his nomination.

"I have played cricket for 22 and a half years and I understand that I was nominated because of this reason. I am not a politician," Tendulkar said. "There are many responsibilities on me. I would definitely like to contribute in the field of sports because that is my expertise."

Tendulkar, 39, said he hoped to silence critics who questioned how he could balance his sporting commitments with his duties as an MP. "When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it's an honour. I was excited to be nominated. I am a sportsman and will always remain one," Tendulkar said.

He met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 26 and was offered one of the 12 seats in the nominated category. He accepted the offer of a nomination, which was then formally approved by the Indian President. "I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket," Tendulkar said.

He 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 in April, was elected.) Previous nominated MPs include the musician Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain.

His nomination has been criticised on several grounds, chiefly his relative inexperience in public affairs.

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Posted by ultimatewarrior on (May 3, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Everybody in this world has choice of his career and then it is his responsibility to excel in his chosen field.....This is what Sachin has did, he selected cricket for his career and not even he excelled it but he is as Master Class as no one in this world has done.....But then apart from his career what he do it's none of the business of anyone......And to expect him to solve the every problem of Nation is too much...Altogether I think that expecting all this stuff from the God of Cricket is in itself shows the Faith on Sachin..

Posted by csowmi7 on (May 3, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Whatever Sachin does he recieves flak nowadays. Give the guy some respect. He is the best batsman of the modern era and has achieved almost everything. People saying that he is selfish and arrogant have no knowledge about the game. Please watch his 2 innings in Sharjah in 1999 and see how he single handedly won us the series against a strong Aussie outfit. India was a terrible team in the 90s and it is because of this man that we achieved whatever we did. Look at how he battled through back spasms in the chennai test to give us a great chance of victory before the tail imploded. People should see how he battled majestically against Steyn in Newlands when the entire team crumbled around him. He has been involved in no scandals controversies, never sledged and has been the epitome of humility. Please give the man some respect in the dying years of his amazing career.

Posted by ilovusenthil on (May 2, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Man who could not show his leadership skills in his profession what going to do in the parliament. Sachin loses some part of his dignity by accepting this political offer.

Posted by thinktank1 on (May 2, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

The most painful line: when he said he continues playing cricket.. huff..

Posted by Divinetouch on (May 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT)


Right on. I can remeber seeing any of those who are attacking Sachinji accorded the same treatment to those you named.

Sachinji, continue to be the beacon light you are and Jai Hind.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Although a big fan of SRT as a batsman -- I had always been curious about his "thinking as an Indian citizen" -- like what he thinks about India's social issues, the challenges of poverty, opportunities of the youth in sports etc. A seat in the Rajya Sabha is not an honorary "award" .... I am surprised at how naive he is being thinking so .... Despite being around 40 yrs of age he has not given up on his "school-boy" mentality ... everything to him is like coming first in the class and getting a prize for that .. that's how he logically deduces every aspect of his life

Posted by Rahul_78 on (May 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar and MF Husain continued to prosper in their respective fields even after accepting Rajya Sabha nomination. No one asked them to retire from their respective fields or accused them of neglecting their art. No one went after them with demand that they use the opportunity to do something for their community, no one asked them weather they are artists or politicians. Then why different yardsticks for different people? As if it is not enough to carry the burden of 1 billion people on his shoulder for long time and serving the nation in a remarkable and blemish free career now Sachin has to deal with all the accusations and sleaze that has been directed at him. Wonder what more the guy has to do for his nation so that we the people will finally cut him some slab.

Posted by dilr on (May 2, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Shame.......It's End Of Great Cricketer Name..Bad Choice Mr Sachin

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Sachin to retire from Test Cricket only when he plays along with his son.. or probably both of them score 100 together in Test..

Well same I guess for One Dayers too... he plays 1 is injured for 4...

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Sachin should be ashamed of saying that he is not a politician. Well he was not a born cricketer too nobody is. If he loves his country India then he really should come and join politics if he really want;s to do something good for India

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Nothing but congress has increased its vote in RS. Slowly STR is becoming thick skin like politicians. He can not talk against corruption how he can work with sportmenship against corruption in Sports as he mension about his experities in only in playing cricket and hope not ni managing or leading sports.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

There are other awards to offer Sachin as an honour. An MP seat to a sportsperson who says that he wont think anything about politics is lame. Sachin's Knowledge about other sports than cricket is not so good , he should have rejected the offer and worked for Indian Cricket without getting into the ditch.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 2, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

@Dhiraj Pandey, So what if Vijay Mallya is a MP? Does that mean Tendulkar has to be one as well? And FYI, Mallya has been a businessman and industrialist for his entire life while Tendulkar has been a sportsman. On what basis are you comparing these two?

Posted by JBIndia on (May 2, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Oh No! My wish of Sachin retiring from Tests and ODIs is destroyed again! I thought after getting a seat at Rajya Sabha he will step down..but no he is still going to linger around and spoil the career of youngsters. Its like having two birds together one in hand an one in bush!

Posted by Ajayvs on (May 1, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

Please note this is not a honorary post. He will enjoy all the privileges of a Rajya sabha member, he can become a minister based on that seat and do larger good to society. This is the very reason its better to hand out these seats to some eminent people who want to be active in politics, else its better to remove these decoratory seats.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

wats the fuss....watever he do we have to criticize....u guys even on what seat he is being nominated???has mallya offered something to politics??is lata mangeshkar a full time politician??/guys grow up...u dn need to criticize someone becuas everyone is doing...its a dummy of one cares for these 6 members in RS...u wud hardly even see him talking....

Posted by anilkp on (May 1, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Being an MP (for any country) is a huge responsibility: to think over and act for regional, national and forein policy making so that the people of the coultry in particular--and the humanity on the earth in general--are benefited. Not many MPs do justice to their jobs. That make is even more important that prominent figures make a glaring example of what an MP's job should be. Sachin has been an icon for sports, he has an opportunity to become an icon as a statesman. If he choses to stay aloof and bask in the glory of his nomination, so be it; but that will be a huge disregard to the Parliament and to the people of this country. I am not sure if earlier stallwarts like Lataji, MF Hussain etc did justice to being an MP. Sachin has a chance to set a precedence. It is his choice to make it count or let it slip away. If he did not understand this responsibility and is not ready to act accordingly, better he had not accepted the nomination.

Posted by Cricket_Lover3467534 on (May 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Sachin, Set some new personal records as MP too. Don't care about the team or nation.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

all you folks questioning Sachin being a MP, FYI even Vijay Mallya is one. know what you preach guys, please!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

ohhh dear sachin....if u really want to serve contry thn there r several other ways to do don't pretend at all...i don't know why you do so....if u want money i guess u have enough....if someone say fame...then it should be a all time favorite why did u do so???..............really it hurts sportsman sprits...GOD......:(:(

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 1, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Even after the MP nomination, its really baffling to hear him say that he is not going into politics. Its not really fooling anyone. And its really surprising that Tendulkar got the nomination before Kumble. I mean, Kumble has always been a better leader and has been more politically active than Tendulkar. this nomination just shows the poor state of India's political system

Posted by Krish.XI on (May 1, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 The Best Comedy of Millennium ha ha ha ha

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Sachin has had very distinguished career so far....probably his honesty wud be better off in politics where lies sell like hot cakes but fell like rain drops...

Posted by pr3m on (May 1, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

So he's not even gonna be active then. That's fantastic, makes his acceptance of the post all the more logical.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

I don't get this.There is no provision anywhere which says sportspersons can be nominated to the Rajya Sabha for their contribution to sport.Then on what basis was SRT actually nominated. I am not against him being nominated,but I would like someone to clarify on what grounds he deserves to be nominated.

Posted by fr600 on (May 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Would love to see how long it takes until Tendulkar retires from cricket and becomes a full-time politician.

Posted by xylo on (May 1, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

ah... so he is going to be playing in the Presidents' XI from now on?

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (May 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Guys, this is merely an honor. C'mon, understand this: the PM has to give it someone, and I think this man [SRT] has done enough to deserve the highest civilian honor in the country. It's a mere honor, like knighthood, etc are. Why do people HAVE to take things so literally.

Posted by doesitmatter on (May 1, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Now let us see..India's(or any countries) 4 most important portfolio's are PM, FM, HM and DM ..DGowda was a PM once, Shivraj Patil was a HM once, Rajiv Gandhi was FM once yes Rajiv Gandhi, Antony is the DM now..Now let us see how experienced they were..You don't need a cricinfo stats for this they were totally inesxperienced on any grounds..btw i like the sense of humour of the critics.."His nomination has been criticised on several grounds"..I always thought SRT got standing ovation :)

Posted by sarathy_m2 on (May 1, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

MPs dont play any sport in the parliament. Whoever goes there must work for political consensus and provide valuable thoughts. Forget what mindless MPs do there, Sachin shouldnt become a person among those mindless. Either he should take this as challenge to do the duties of an MP, otherwise dont accept.

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (May 1, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

The 'ME,MYSELF AND I' attitude of certain sportsmen is appalling. It is sad that people are willing to take the HONOR of a position without taking the RESPONSIBILITY associated with that position. You can't have your cake and eat it too unless you have an ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY.

Posted by karanjag on (May 1, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar has made no contribution to sport as an administrator or as a representative of the players. Since when did becoming an MP stop meaning "entering politics". Mr Tendulkar, you should have refused the membership because parliament is the legislative branch of the central government, and not a body dedicated to sports in any way.

Posted by sunny9267 on (May 1, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

if MF HUSSAIN can be made an MP for painting then why question sachin

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Sachin should keep his mouth shut ,he has become politician he must retire from the game .We have enough of Sachin

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Isn't this how they all start???

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Why this repeated comment of Sachins inexperience in public affairs. Think for a moment of the so called achievements of experienced politicians .There are also some great souls in this category, and let him (mind) with a clean slate tackle new fields . Look at the joy he has given to countless millions all over India and outside .The poor in India too have been interacting with him with immense pleasure while he is in the centre of the Cricket field for the past 23 years .The outcome , blood ,sweat and toil for the country .No matter what the armchair critics say no way can SACHIN'S influence be diminished . HE IS THE SUPERSTAR OF CRICKET.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Sorry Sachin.! even though a big fan of you, won't support your involvement in Politics. How about Rahul Gandhi coming in as Captain of Team Cricket India becoz of his social service for the Country at his tender age. Sounds Odd right ?. If you would like to do social service there are no of ways to start. I'm saying this on utmost respect to you since.. You have the name & fame not only in our country but across the globe and because of this if something comes bad by politics we can't bear the fact. You still have time Mr.Sachin working for social cause right from the roots of it rather than staying something at the top of the Administration. You don't need help of Politics to do something good for us. You alone is enough for us to join hands with you to do good.!

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (May 1, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Oh geez, this man is just trying to get into the lamelight. What a selfish player, accepting honors instead of passing them so someone else can take them. Shame on him. In fact, people don't realize, he's been lying for the most of his life too. He's been fooling people into believing he's 5'5, while, in reality, he's 6'8, but again, he's so selfish - don't know how, but he just is. Btw, I heard, he bought a water bottle sometime last week, and it was so selfish on his behalf to buy water for himself. Right, Dravid_Gravitas?

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (May 1, 2012, 14:59 GMT)


Posted by AllanofSouza on (May 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

What is the matter with you people who oppose Tendulkar nomination. It is a GREAT honour to be nominated and then given a seat. All those who oppose are justa jealous bunch. Go Tendulkar, GO!!

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (May 1, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

If you are not a politician why did you accept a political seat. One can contribute to sports without being a politician or even without being a sports person. Everyone has an agenda whether one accepts or not is an entirely different question. I am not sure how much Mr Tendulkar has given back to the society as I have not seen any mention of it as our media would have made it a headline, given it is Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

A Famous personality know for his great cricket,but to me he is much more well known for his Character.Well said sachin.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Is he that dumb? That is a political position and not an award that he can keep on his shelf?? I was a big fan of his but cannot wait to see him retire...

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