Opinions have flown thick and fast on whether cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will make a good politician after his nomination to the Rajya Sabha last week.
However, there has been no word from the man himself. This silence shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Tendulkar is not one to provide sound bytes to the media on a day-to-day basis. Remember how he didn’t speak to the media collectively on the recent Australia tour?
He ought to have made a statement on his nomination. Surely, his fans as well as citizens would like to know from him how he plans to contribute by getting into the Rajya Sabha.
Tendulkar’s PR machinery should have been active once the Rajya Sabha announcement was made simply because the public would get a fair idea on what, in the opinion of many, the greatest Indian alive wants to set right for India through his political entry.
Tendulkar will have to get vocal once he sits in Parliament and hopefully, he is doing his share of fact-finding on what Indian sport needs to take that giant leap. He follows a lot of sports apart from playing them too, so it is hoped that he will be able to dot the ‘I’s and cross the ‘T’s.
His Rajya Sabha stint must be memorable and fulfilling. He doesn’t have to ruffle a lot of feathers to get his way. He can do it, His Way.
Anything less will contribute to yet another example of a prominent citizen of India entering the house of Parliament and leaving it without making a difference in India’s chalta hain world.
There is a chalk and cheese difference between playing cricket and engaging in politics. But Tendulkar can win if he plays it right.