To pull someone down from a pedestal is an age-old practice. But when you point a finger at others, the rest of your fingers are pointed towards you.
To tweet about the sovereignty of the state is perfectly fine but when the tweet is from a man who all through his life and career has been known for his honesty and integrity, it is bound to create ripples. It is bound to have repercussions.
India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants.
Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation.#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2021
The consequences of this tweet have been magnetic. It was meant to unite the country but we live in such negative and turbulent times that the tweet divided the nation. It divided the legion of fans who have worshipped the greatest batsman of the era. Some decided to un-follow the legend on social media, some tore the tickets of his last Test in 2013, that was nothing short of a festival.
But what was wrong in the tweet? Of all the accolades and praise he has earned through a glittering career, only two words describe his Twitter handle: “Proud Indian”.
Can’t the man who brought so many laurels to the nation tweet about its sovereignty not to be compromised? Can’t the man who first wore the Tri-colour proudly on his helmet while batting tweet that external forces can be spectators but not participants?
Can’t the man who was the first active sportsperson to be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna call out to his countrymen to remain united as a nation? Can’t the man who remained untouched from the biggest scandal of the sport has seen, ask the countrymen to decide for themselves?
Any why only Sachin? Other cricketers like Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli also tweeted their views. Not only cricketers but Bollywood stars like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Karan Johar too expressed their opinions.
Everyone is free to express their opinion on any subject as and when they decide to do so. There can’t be any whataboutery about it.
If a singer from Barbados can tweet about the farmers’ problems then the man who not only represented the country for 25 years but also carried the expectations of the millions of fans on his shoulders for almost his entire career has every right in the world to tweet what he did.
If Rihanna can, then why can’t Sachin Tendulkar?
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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