India news June 4, 2012

Tendulkar takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has officially become a Member of Parliament after taking oath at a ceremony in Delhi. He had been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, in April and has become the first active India sportsperson to become an MP.

Tendulkar was named as one of the 12 presidential nominees for Rajya Sabha membership that is reserved for those persons "having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service". A Rajya Sabha MP's tenure is six years.

After the ceremony, Tendulkar said his cricket career would remain top priority. "I'm here because of my cricketing career," he said. "I can't take any focus away from my cricket that is where it all started for me... as and when there is time in between, I will look at other things, how I can help and bring in whatever changes not only (for) cricket but all other sports demand."

Tendulkar also said that as MP he would look to improve not just cricket but other sports as well. "I think I'm in a better position, not only to help cricket but also other sports in the country which is really important, it means a lot to me," he said. "I'd be happy if I'm remembered as someone who has contributed to all sports in India rather than just my cricket statistics, that would be fantastic."

The swearing-in ceremony was held in the chamber of Hamid Ansari, the vice-president of India, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. NDTV reported that while few MPs were around as the parliament was not in session, the parliament staff had lined the corridors in anticipation of Tendulkar's arrival. Accompanied by wife Anjali to the function, Tendulkar read out his oath in formal Hindi. The ceremony lasted longer than the normal hour, vice-president Ansari telling Tendulkar after the formal signing-in, that he was a cricket enthusiast. Tendulkar in turn enquired about the functioning of parliament.

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  • Prashant on June 6, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    ya he can become PM lol and everyone can go gaga over cricket

  • V.L on June 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Sreelal_SS Dravid has never been a politician and never will be. Case closed!

  • Srinivas on June 5, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @skepticaloptimist, good one there mate. Cheers! :-/)

  • Sreelal on June 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Guys ..lets face it lol :D :D If Dravid s not given RS MP seat,Sachin s not 2 blame!!!! :P

  • natmastak on June 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    one must admit ,apart from being - greatest singular icon our country has ever produced, sachin was the inspiration to the likes of sehwag, yuvraj and lot many.many of them have said previously ,that sachin was the main reason they followed and persued cricket.eventually these people along with sachin (and i am not forgetting dada,dravid,kumble,laxman here ) made INDIA NUMBER ONE IN BOTH TESTS AS WELL AS IN ONE DAYERS .

  • Sadaf on June 5, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @skepticaloptimist : SPOT ON. While DG is generally a VERY sensible commenter, he has some sort of personal beef with Sachin. It can get irritating! One has to wonder why; is it because Rahul Dravid is a slightly inferior (But still very great) cricketer? Does it sting?

  • Satyajit on June 5, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, we have a good constitution but not a faultless one. As a matter of fact social outlook and priorities do change with time. What the constitution makers tried to convey in the rule was nomination of individuals making exceptional contribution to society at large. However, in the world of 1940's India, sports wasn't considered important enough and throughout the 50s and 60s sportspersons were continued to be neglected resulting into a poor sporting nation(and sportspersons often living in penury). Times have changed and it is a good trend that sportspersons are taken more serioulsy and are often bigger icons than politicians or artists. I think Sachin's nomination is a mix of opportunism and actual respect for his contribution. By this the spirit of constitution has not been violated as Sachin has contribution to society due to the good values he passes on to young generation. I feel Sachin and Vishy Anand deserve such recognition among Indian sportspersons.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    hey all u people questioning if sachin is a good membership is just not about leadership...its a platform for him where he can contribute to indian sports...stop whining about him being nominated.....think of it this way he wouldnot need the nomiation if he stands in elections...he would be unanimously elected wherever he contests in india PERIOD...PLZ PUBLISH...

  • Shayesh on June 5, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Guys, let's face it. Because Sachin Tendulkar is involved in this deal, let's clarify the premises of whatever Dravid_Gravitas will say: 1) No matter whatever happens, it's Sachin's fault; 2) Needless to say, Sachin is selfish; 3) His achievements aren't actually his, as a matter of fact, he's hypnotized the entire world's population and therefore, everyone thinks he's achieved what he really hasn't; 4) one can emphasize his selfishness again, for there is so much of it. Now the premises are clear, let's venture into the real deal: whatever SRT does is wrong, he's selfish, and doesn't deserve anything. Period. Please publish.

  • Dakshitha on June 5, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    First Sanath.. Now Sachin..It is Difficult to understand why a player whose already has a 100% commitment towards his sport is also trying to get involved in politics. The wise choice is to finish the sporting career & then get involved if its his passion to get into politics. Has it become a fashion. Whose NEXT??

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