Friday, July 13, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar as MP in Rajya Sabha (Council of States) puts question mark over Rajya Sabha Nomination policy

Sachin Raj Singh Chauhan, B.Tech, MBA
Chief Sub Editor, Ground Report India Group

Rajya Sabha, a place, where debate and discussion takes place.
Conceptually, a place where one is framed with powers, responsibilities to act and influence.

As per the Fourth Schedule (Article 80) of the Constitution, 12 persons, having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service, may be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

The maximum strength of Rajya Sabha as 250, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories.

The motive behind the nomination is to invite eminent personalities, have earned distinction in their field of activity, who may not like to contest the election due to daunting affair. Nominating them to Rajya Sabha is not only recognizing or conferring the honor but also raising the quality and level of deliberations by reason of their contribution to the debates.

Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t take oath during the Budget Session due to IPL matches last month.

Sachin made it clear that his focus would be cricket and hinting at concentrating on Parliament work after he stops playing the game. However, he hastened to add that he does not want rumors to swirl that he has stopped playing cricket for Parliament.

"I am here because of my cricketing career. I cannot take any focus away from my cricket. That is where it all started for me. I will focus on my cricket and as and when I stop playing cricket, I don't know, when I will start attending to other things.

"I don't want rumours to start that I have stopped playing cricket. I will let everyone know when I will stop playing cricket," he said when asked how he would assuage people who raise questions whether he would be able to do justice to the job in Parliament when he is still playing cricket.

"Cricket comes first," Tendulkar told reporters as he and wife Anjali were chaperoned by Shukla to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari's chamber.

A number of Parliament staffers took out their mobile phones to capture a glimpse of the cricketer.

If you go through his life, you will find out he never participated in any Vigorous controversial issues weather it was match fixing or any controversies of IPL or CPL. As we are aware that he always play too safe. Here I am not saying but his own innings is continuously reflecting these facts.

Under the captainship of Sachin, India played 73 one day international, won 23 and lost 43 matches. It put question mark on his leadership. He played very well individually. It shows that he is very good player but not a leader.

As Indians we all have love, regards for his contribution in the name, fame of India at international level. So the government should give him an honour of “BHARAT RATNA” rather than seat in Rajya Sabha where he is not fit legally and practically.

Why not legally: Sports is not mentioned in prescribed category of Fourth Schedule (Article 80) of the Constitution. It repudiates the said law.

Why not practically: He has been quite on any issue related to cricket or other. He never participated in any social issues. His own statement, I will focus on my cricket and as and when I stop playing cricket, I don't know when I will start attending to other things. He couldn’t take oath during the Budget Session due to IPL matches last month. All above statement reflect his narrow interest in Rajya Sabha. Where Policy are made and governed to run the entire country.

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