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PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Launch Shiva-Inspired Cricket Stadium in Varanasi Amid Controversy
PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Launch Shiva-Inspired Cricket Stadium in Varanasi Amid Controversy

New Delhi: On September 23, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the groundbreaking ceremony for an international cricket stadium in Varanasi. This event saw the presence of several renowned sports figures, including former Indian cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and Kapil Dev. However, after images of Sachin Tendulkar attending the event surfaced in the media, some liberal social media users criticized him, labeling him as spineless.

 

One individual using the handle "Roshan Lal" expressed his sentiments, stating, "This is Sachin Tendulkar, the Former Cricketer. He never voiced support for farmers, wrestlers, or the issues faced by Manipur. During his tenure as a Rajya Sabha MP, he rarely attended Parliament. But today, he rushed from Mumbai to Varanasi for Modi's PR on a single call. A legend on the field, but a government puppet off it."

Dr. Nimo Yadav, another user, remarked, "He is Sachin Tendulkar, a former Indian cricket team player. During the UPA regime, he used to speak out against inflation and rising petrol prices. The UPA nominated him as a Rajya Sabha MP with the hope that he would raise these issues in Parliament, but his attendance was a mere 0.06%. In 2014, BJP honored him with the Bharat Ratna for his contributions in two World Cup finals, where he scored 22 runs. Since then, he has become a BJP pawn, following Modi's lead. While cricket may have caused his tennis elbow, it is Modi who has made him appear spineless."

 

Another user named "Rofl Bhaiyya Ji" expressed disappointment, saying, "The person who was our cricketing God during our childhood has now become the government's spokesperson by attending parties at Ambani's house and posting selfies on social media. The God of Cricket seems to refrain from taking a stand on any issue."

Sumit Nayak Bharat, an additional user, shared, "This video of Sachin Tendulkar, revered as the God of Cricket, is for the public who bestowed him with this title. Even after watching this video, can the public believe that he questions the government on issues like Manipur, the farmers' movement, wrestlers, inflation, unemployment, corruption, schools, hospitals, education, and healthcare? I doubt it because he lacks the backbone straightness of someone like Neeraj Chopra. His spine appears to be bent."

 

On that Saturday, September 23, PM Modi made a visit to his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, to launch several development projects, including the foundation laying of the International cricket stadium in Ganjari, Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, along with cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and Kapil Dev, as well as officials from BCCI, including President Roger Binny, Vice President Rajiv Shukla, and Secretary Jay Shah, all joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this momentous occasion. Additionally, the cricketing legends paid their respects at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

The stadium's design is inspired by Lord Shiva, with distinctive features such as crescent-shaped roofing, floodlights resembling tridents, seating resembling ghat steps, and metallic sheets on the facade shaped like Bilvapatra leaves. Furthermore, one of the stadium's structures will be designed in the shape of a 'damru.'

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