Sachin Tendulkar was supposed to make a rare speech in the Rajya Sabha, of which he is a nominated member, on Thursday. But shouting Congress MPs drowned him out.
Earlier on Thursday, Tendulkar had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play in his maiden speech on the floor of the upper house. However, before he could begin, Congress leaders created a ruckus that led to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha proceedings.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also chairman of the Rajya Sabha, asked the Congress’ protesting lawmakers to sit down and listen to what the cricketer had to say, but to no avail.
And then former part-time bowler delivered quite the unexpected googly.
The cricket legend delivered his Parliament speech on Facebook Live on Friday, saying, “There were things that I wanted to say yesterday but couldn’t.”
In the video, Tendulkar is seen talking how “unhealthy India is a recipe for disaster”.
“It is my endeavor to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true,” Tendulkar said in the video.
The Master Blaster said, “There were some things yesterday that I wanted to communicate to you. I will try doing that here. I often wonder what brought me here, little did I realise that those baby steps in cricket would lead me to great lifetime memories. I always loved playing sport and cricket was my life. My father, Prof Ramesh Tendulkar, was a poet and a writer. He always supported me and encouraged me to do what I wanted in life. The greatest gift I got from him was freedom to play, the right to play and I will always be grateful for that.”
Tendulkar highlighted the likes of Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Mary Kom and Mirabai Chanu as examples of the North-East’s excellence in sports.
“The north-east of India, which has only 4% population of India, has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes, including our boxing icon Mary Kom, recently crowned champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu,Deepa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi, Sanjita Chanu and many, many more,” he said.
“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” he wrote in his tweet.
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