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Short time back, it was a million dollar question that when will Sachin would be honored with the highest civilian award of the country as the adornment was obvious but the time of occurrence was vague, but now the deliberations are gaining tempo, this time in the Upper House of the Parliament, that should Sachin be welcomed to a place where actually he doesn't belong to? Obviously the bird's eye view will tell that politics is surely not the place for a sports' personality to be where concerns are placed more upon the economic and social issues rather than the decisions regarding run outs or LBWs. Now the question is - should the great batsman be awarded the Bharat Ratna or a parliamentarian seat in the country's political stadium?
Sachin Tendulkar, no doubt is an achiever of a rare kind, has consolidated more than 30,000 international runs in all forms of the game altogether, a century of centuries to his name – a feat which no other cricketer has managed to pull off, which will be cherished in the cricketing community for the eternity and a true sportsperson whose cricketing career, besides few controversies, is as immaculate as the country's national flag. These credentials are enough for him to bargain for the Bharat Ratna, but a seat in the parliament is still a blurred prospect. A parliament is a place where deliberations and debates regarding legislative bills and national policies are held for which one has to be well versed with the country's socio-economic aspects, the demographics and the prevailing political environment within the country and Tendulkar just doesn't fits into the picture. Sports ministry could be one department where the prospects are somewhat encouraging for the master but there too policy-making would be a lot more challenging task for him than facing Lee & McGrath at the Australian pitches.
- Himanshu Dhumash