What is the common thread between cricketer Rahul Dravid, politicos Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot, apart from their iconic status in their respective fields? Blasphemous as it may sound, these three stars haven’t got their due by the nation and their side despite being true players. Let’s start with Rahul Dravid- the 37 year old right hand batsman who has been serving Indian cricket since more than a decade. Popularly referred to as ‘The Wall’ by his teammates, and cricket-pundits for his ability to bat for a long period of time, Dravid has always risen to the occasion to prove his mettle with the bat especially in the foreign land (Dravid is the second highest scorer in Tests with 12576 runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are ahead of him) where most of our batsmen with stunning records fail. In fact, he was one of the few batsmen who were the saving grace in the recent India- England Test that saw the debacle of team India. But unfortunately, except few lines none in the media gave the coverage to the man who withheld England’s victory for a while, at least. So, when the media was running cover stories on Sachin Tendulkar getting closer to highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’, my heart went for the ‘Wall.’ Rather than praising the efforts of the 37 year old batsmen, we were more interested in listening about when and how Mr Tendulkar will be getting the Bharat Ratna. Agreed Sachin Tendulkar is the ‘God of cricket’ but haven’t we over- hyped Sachin vis- a vis others especially Dravid? If we compare the success rate of both these players vis-a vis India’s win in terms of their contributions, certainly Rahul Dravid has a clear edge over Sachin. Ironically, India and Indians haven’t recognized it till date.
Moving on from cricket to politics, the story seems to be the same. We have two dynamic and young politicians in Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Ministers in the Union Cabinet since last two years, these two netas have been doing a commendable job both at their ministries and their constituencies respectively. Hailing from political background, both Scindia and Pilot are not popular in their constituencies but have brought about many changes in their departments as well. But their works and achievements have been over shadowed by the Gandhi scion that makes news even if he sneezes. No pun intended.
The grand old party (read Congress) has even anointed Rahul Gandhi as the future Prime Minister of the country, courtesy his ‘Gandhi’ surname despite the fact that the 40 year old is inexperienced in comparison to both Pilot and Scindia. Both Pilot and Scindia have not only been tried and tested in administration and governance but have every qualities of a PM material. However, hardly their efforts grab headlines. Moreover, unlike the junior Gandhi they participate in parliamentary discussions, handle important portfolios and have a mass following as well.
The Big Question: who is to be blamed? The media, the countrymen or the three wise men themselves? Are both Pilot and Scindia in a wrong party? Is Rahul Dravid a victim of being a contemporary to the Great Sachin? Or we need to blame the media who have just exaggerated the success of Sachin and Rahul Gandhi?
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