Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar is honesty by Indian government

Bharat Ratna

I think Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat Ratna is a milestone in Indian history. A time when the Indian government has finally stopped its politics of denial and stood up for what it stands for. It is a feeling of great relief, verging on euphoria. A clear statement that the government respects most those who fleece the country and ignore its laws. This is a beginning, in spite of the national shame. A beginning of being truthful, if not acting in the best interest of the country.

This post is not about Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketer. It is about the Sachin Tendulkar who casually took the country for granted. Over and over. It was probably his only real qualification for Rajya Sabha.

A serial tax evader, Sachin Tendulkar got the Bharat Ratna this year.
A serial tax evader, Sachin Tendulkar got the Bharat Ratna this year.

The Bharat Ratna is a farce. A farce perpetuated at the cost of the dignity of this country. A clear statement that Sachin Tendulkar may deliberately evade custom duty on a gift Ferrari that he later sells for profit. Sachin Tendulkar may register his car in Navi Mumbai where he doesn’t live to save the higher tax of Mumbai – a measly 4.5 lakh more on a BMW M5 mega luxury car. Sachin Tendulkar may disown that profession he is getting the Bharat Ratna for, by calling the endorsements because of it “acting” to avoid paying taxes. And Sachin Tendulkar will get the highest honor in the country for becoming famous for a career that paid him well, and rewarded him aplenty in any case.

This has to be worth some mega recognition in a country where the finance minister expresses regret in a budget speech that the country has only 42,800 people with taable income more than a crore. Bharat Ratna for sure. Never mind the cricket, it should be for creative accounting.

Sachin Tendulkar may casually see himself over legal procedures like obtaining an occupation certificate for your home before doing a puja in it and prevent queries under the RTI about it. Or inaugurate an elite Mumbai Cricket Association club named after him, built on leased land beyond permissible limits, ignoring plea after plea by activists to refuse, because it was built on land that should have been a playground for local children. Or perhaps local kids need a bar, restaurant and card rooms? At least the lack of occupation certificate was consistent. Probably embarrassing to look like he had to wait for it like common people.

The highest honor of the country conferred on someone who repeatedly violated it for grandeur or profit. And this is after decades of completely legal opportunity to amass money, honor and mega lucrative advertizing contracts by playing in India’s name. Some days it seems there is no end to the humiliation this Bharat mata must endure at the hand of her rogue children.

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps representative of the ordinary entitled elite who see having plenty as the reason to feel entitled to even more. The rogue children are those who add insult to injury by conferring the nation’s highest honor with such little regard for the nation’s honor.

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3 thoughts on “Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar is honesty by Indian government”

  1. Well, I dont fully agree with the author of this article. Sachin has no doubt made money. But at the same time he has brought India on the world map by not just scoring for India but also by making his fans all around the world. People watch cricket only coz of Tendulkar across India. He is been the child prodigy.Whatever he has achieved in his life owes to his endless hardwork, grit, inetgrity, and dedication towards cricket. In this process if he is making money for his performance on the field, so is aurhor also earning by paid advertisements on this page!

  2. There are only two people who deserve Bharat Ratna – Sachin Tendulkar and Jagmohan Dalmiya. They are the ones to turn cricket into a multimillion business. Sports? Achievements? Do they really matter? I mean for achievements, Vishwanathan Anand will outdo anyone, but does he deserve Bharat Ratna? There are many exemplary Indians – Indians who saved many lives by dedicating their lives to some cause. Do they deserve Bharat Ratna? No, Bharat Ratna should be given to someone who brings ‘paisa’ into something. Afterall, everything around us is materialistic.
    But does it matter? I wonder if you would get more preference in any job interview if you have that listed there.
    The first phara would have been sarcasm if Bharat Ratna really did matter. But it doesn’t.

  3. I fully agree with you. He has never said or done anything to clean “cricket” the game that has made him “SACHIN TENDULKAR”.
    Never spoke against “match-fixing”.
    Never spoke against BCCI.
    Twisted all rules to suit him.
    Hope “Bharat Ratna” will be given to the “real heroes/ratnas” of INDIA in future.

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