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Shiv Sena Flays Justice Katju Over Anti-Sachin Remarks

Attacking Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju for his reported remarks about conferring Bharat Ratna on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Shiv Sena today questioned the work done by the media watchdog under his stewardship.

Amid the row over continued absence of Tendulkar and Rekha from Rajya Sabha, Katju had reportedly said awarding Bharat Ratna to the cricketer and nominating the Bollywood actress to Parliament was a "disgrace to the country."

"Sachin and Rekha did not go to the government asking to be nominated to Rajya Sabha. The President nominated them, honouring sports and arts," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.

"Justice Katju is occupying an important post even after retirement. Even he cannot tell which work of the Council progressed during his tenure," the editorial said.

"(Hockey legend) Major Dhyan Chand should have got the Bharat Ratna. Both Sachin and Major Dhyan Chand could have been given Bharat Ratna at the same time, but the UPA government did not do it. That is the fault of those in power, but what is interesting is that it has caused stomach upset for Katju after so many months," the editorial said.

It said earlier Bharat Ratnas were given to state-level politicians with no special achievement. "We do not wish to name them today. Did not the Bharat Ratna get insulted then. So how come Sachin getting it became disgrace for India?" it said.

"What has been the contribution of Tendulkar and Rekha in the Rajya Sabha ? it is a big zero. Then why were they made M.P.S?," Katju had reportedly said in a recent twitter post.

"Awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar & making Rekha M.P. Was a disgrace to our country. Bharat Ratna shud have been awarded to Subramania," he had said.

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2/D-38
Aug 13, 2014
07:09 AM

Sachin definitely deserved a national award, a Padmashree or Padmabhushan, but Bharat Ratna is a bit too much.  Plus the way it was done (decided in some five hours?) is definitely a disgrace. I agree with Sena that Dhyan Chand deserved a national award.  Now about the political post.  That is a disgrace for sure.

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
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Aug 13, 2014
12:09 AM

for a change, i agree with Justice Katju. Sachin as an M.P. has been a disgrace. Even for Bharat Ratna, it was all media hype and frenzy for which the congressis fell for it, thinking that it will help them win some votes. Sachin has always played for his records and his statistics. I mean, he was always looking for freebies, be it on his ferrari or his home gym or something else. He joined Congress at the height of Jan Lokpal and Anna movement, when the entire country was agahst and angry with the corrupt and shameless congress party. I mean, if he wanted to become an M.P. any party would have done that for him, but he still went for Congress. That alone showed his respect for the country and whatever loot was going on at that time. He cared for himself. and even after such controversies and bunking parliament for personal events and money making tours, he has refused to resign but got the congressis to give him a waiver from attending parliament. Shame on you Sachin. 

Vipul Jani, toronto
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