Sachin Didn’t Deserved the Bharat Ratna Award. After getting the Bharat Ratna, Sachin continues to endorse brands like BMW. Does it suit public figures, especially ones as rich as Sachin, to do this? It’s quite shameful and degrades the award.
The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award. I think it is a mistake to give it to cricketers and Bollywood people merely for their fame and talent.
Doing so reduces the value of the award and there is also the potential that it is misused. I would say something similar has happened also in the case of those cricketers and Bollywood people nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Let me take two examples, Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. Neither of them deserves the Bharat Ratna and both have misused their fame.
To put this in perspective, we should know that Sachin spent three years in Rajya Sabha before asking his first question. And when I say ‘spent three years in Rajya Sabha’ I mean mostly outside it. A report in December, 2015 revealed that Sachin had less than 6 percent attendance in Rajya Sabha and had not participated in a single debate. But he has time to take his friends and business partners to the defence minister to push their deals? I find it unacceptable that such a person has been given the Bharat Ratna.Sachin is in the news these days for taking his former business partner to the defence minister to seek his intervention. The issue was some commercial construction being carried out near a defence area. When news was leaked of this meeting, Sachin released a statement saying he had no personal business interest in the matter. Perhaps not. But is it the job of Bharat Ratnas to peddle business interests before ministers?
After getting the Bharat Ratna, Sachin continues to endorse brands like BMW. Does it suit public figures, especially ones as rich as Sachin, to do this? It’s quite shameful and degrades the award.
When we give the Bharat Ratna to such people we are essentially rewarding their talent. We are not recognising their service, which is the true purpose of civilian awards. Sachin has a long history of misusing his position. When he got a Ferrari as a gift he asked the government to waive its import duty. Why should the taxpayer fund this spoilt billionaire’s toys? Ultimately a court had to force him to pay. When he built a mansion in Bandra, he asked the government to make an exception for him so that he could build above the limit. Why should that be granted to him? It is selfish for him to ask when none of the rest of us ask, or get, such favours.
On 13 June this year, newspapers carried the headline ‘Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 76 lakh to Bengal school’. I was interested by the story, because it did not follow the selfish pattern of Sachin’s life. It revealed that it was not his money that Sachin was ‘donating’. The school was being given money from his Rajya Sabha fund, meaning it was the nation’s money. This is hardly ‘donating’. And he does nobody a favour in doing this.
Sachin is nothing like Muhammad Ali, a sportsman who was given civilian awards for his consistent and brave positions against injustice and racism. And Ali was willing to go to jail for his beliefs. Ever heard Sachin say anything meaningful on the issues that are so troubling in our time? No. His time is better occupied by selling us stuff. A report in April 2012 said Sachin had the worst attendance record in the Rajya Sabha where he had been for many years. It shows Tendulkar’s total disinterest and I would say disregard for this nation.
Is this how a Bharat Ratna is supposed to behave? To put their individual need and selfishness above the needs of the many? It’s ridiculous that such people are, as I said, rewarded for their talent and not their service.
And so far as their talent goes, haven’t they been rewarded enough? They have made themselves very, very wealthy. And that is fine and right. It is how it should be. They have earned their money and their fame. They could have earned our respect by behaving in more public spirited fashion but they have chosen instead to be unconcerned on that count. They cannot even be bothered to show up in Parliament. (How many times has Sachin missed a match or endorsement shoot?) The government of the time is often seduced by fame and feels obliged to reward such people (and often there is very heavy lobbying from them) to be given these awards.
This should stop. We should separate the talent of people from their service. It is only the latter that must be rewarded through national awards.
When this man was gifted a Ferrari, he asked the government to waive off its import duty. A Ferrari he later went on to sell.
When he built a mansion in Bandra, north-west Mumbai, he asked the government to make an exception for him so that he could build above the limit.
Why should the taxpayer fund this particular millionaire’s toys?
Why should that be granted to him? Isn’t it selfish for him to ask when none of the rest of us ask, or get, such favors?
Besides, he gets paid an astounding 1.3 lakhs a month from our pockets. We’ve spent 70 lakhs on him? And how? Simply because he gleefully accepted his nomination to the Rajya Sabha. And what does he contribute there? Absolutely nothing. It is appalling that he just has a meagre 6.67% attendance in the Rajya Sabha. Besides, he’s participated in zero debates. This is outright disrespectful to the Indian Parliament. How is it that he cannot sacrifice his precious time to attend the sessions but has time to take his friends and business partners to the defense minister to push their deals and spend hours promoting his movie? If he cannot sacrifice his time why is it that we sacrifice our hard earned money for him? Why can he not vacate the seat he simply is not interested in for someone that can actually contribute something?
Sachin Tendulkar, that’s him.
And what is it that needs to be said? That this man did not deserve the highest civilian award that was given to him. The Bharat Ratna should be awarded to only those great women/men who have demonstrated a significant level of sacrifice in their lives for the cause of nation building, irrespective of their talent in any field whatsoever. Is it the job of Bharat Ratnas to peddle their financial interests before ministers?
When we give the Bharat Ratna to such people we are essentially rewarding their talent. We are not recognising their service, which is the true purpose of civilian awards. Does he not already have the record of misusing his positions like he did with the Ferrari?
Agreed, he’s one of the best cricketers to have graced the sport.And so far as his talent goes, hasn’t he been rewarded enough? He’s made himself very wealthy. And that is fine and right. It is how it should be. He has rightfully earned his money and fame. But should we not separate talent from service? Does his contribution to cricket and nothing else warrant a Bharat Ratna? Does the highest civilian put his individual need and selfishness above the needs of his fellow citizens? Does the recipient of such a prestigious award immerse himself and his time in endorsement shoots rather than attending sessions that could make a difference to our country?
The government is often seduced by fame and feels obliged to reward such individuals to be given these awards. This should stop. It is necessary that we separate the talent of people from their service. It is only the latter that must be rewarded through national awards.
So,What’s wrong with the Bharat Ratna conferred to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?
There is everything wrong with Conferring Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar.
It is done for electoral gain to attract youth vote during 2014 election by Congress.
The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted in 1954, the award is conferred “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order“, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.
What exceptional service he did? Playing international Cricket of highest degree does not come under exceptional Service.
The Congress Government knew that under the above description Sachin Tendulkar is not eligible for Bharat Ratna.
So what they did?
Before that, I will cite an example.
One company gives the best employee award to a person every year. for that, there is a procedure. A committee is formed and the nominations were discussed and ultimately one name proposed. But The CEO wants to give it to one of his favorites, says Krishna Rao.
So, he changed the rule and introduced ‘veto power’ option by himself and gave it to Krishna Rao.
So the government changed the rule.
The new rules, providing for eligibility of persons excelling in fields other than art, literature, science and public service for Bharat Ratna, were notified on November 16, Sports Minister Ajay Maken told reporters in New Delhi.
“I wrote a letter to Home Minister. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have very kindly agreed now to change the norm.
“Instead of the fields of art, literature, science and public services, now on November 16, Government has notified that for the performance of highest order in any field of human endeavor Bharat Ratna could be awarded,” Mr. Maken said outside Parliament House.
He said the decision has paved the way for any sportsperson to get Bharat Ratna award. ( but nobody other than Sachin was given. Even the great Dhyan Chand was ignored)
The move comes amid the clamor for conferring of Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar for his outstanding contribution to cricket.
At that point in time “Bharat Ratna” was not given to “Atal Bihari Vajpayee” So in their context, Sachin Tendulkar is more eligible than Atalji.
Congress has degraded the value of the Bharat Ratna Award before by giving it to Rajiv Gandhi who is responsible for deaths of hundreds of Sikhs.
Even in cricket mostly he played for his own glory rather than for the country.
He sacrificed the win for the nation for his hundredth century against Bangladesh thus ousting India in league stage itself in Asia cup 2012.
In my opinion, Congress has degraded the award of Bharat Ratna by awarding it to Sachin Tendulkar.
If I was in place of Sachin, I would have humbly rejected the award saying that I am not eligible for it.
And if at all it was proposed to give it to sports person, The great hockey Magician Dhyan Chand should be first preference.
Is it correct to give it to the person who earned the nation 4 gold medals in hockey or who sacrificed the win for his personal achievement?
I know I will be bashed by Sachin’s lakhs of fans. But that did not prevent me from speaking truth.