Breaking News: Sachin Tendulkar to return Bharat Ratna to protest against comments by Kapil Dev

In the wake of the recent comments made by former cricketer Kapil Dev on Sachin Tendulkar’s abilities and inabilities, it is learnt that the Master Blaster is contemplating returning the Bharat Ratna that was awarded to him in November 2013.

Sources close to the famous cricketer said, “He has great respect for Kapil paaji but is deeply hurt by his statements.”

Boria Majumdar, Tendulkar’s biographer said that Kapil is entitled to his views but he should not have aired them in public. Agreeing with him, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewary said that this was an inevitable outcome of the sign of the rising intolerance in the country. “Sachin retired two years ago when the holistic UPA was in power and all that time Kapil Dev tolerated his style of cricket. That he chose this moment to voice his views reveals the effect of Modi’s government’s backward policies juxtaposed with intolerance.” Kapil Dev questions Sachin Tendulkar’s ability to score biggies; Twitter reacts

The BJP lashed back at the Congress with Union Minister Arun Jaitley saying that there can be no ban on free speech. In an interview with Barkha Dutt of NDTV he said that there was no merit in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s claim that the Modi government was using anybody to polarise the country. “Only rabidly anti-BJP persons would think of bringing in any caste or religious equations.”

On another channel, Rajdeep Sardesai lamented the fact that the present times allow for the criticism of a fellow Gaud Saraswat Brahmin. “Instead of odious comparison, we would have liked to hear him say ‘Sachin da jawaab nahin’. Clearly, Kapilji ke paas talent hain class nahin.”

Meanwhile, the Mumbai School of cricket has launched an online petition against the remarks and demanded an apology. There has been an overwhelming response to this signature campaign with “SORRY” seeking signatories including sports persons, politicians, musicians, actors, doctors, scientists, artists, historians, sociologists, psephologists, archaeologists, palaeontologists, anthropologists and other apologists.

When asked for the Centre’s reaction MoS Kiren Rijiju said, “I also play cricket. Everyone is entitled to making any number of runs they wish. But it is true that a cricketer from north of the Vindhyas has made more triple hundreds than those from the south.”

The MHA has clarified that security will not be beefed up at Tendulkar’s restaurant since able Mumbaikars from the Shiv Sena and MNS are capable of handling any untoward incidents. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, it is heard, may apologise for the comments made by Kapil Dev.

And finally, latest reports of yet another controversial remark from Gen VK Singh have come in. When asked to comment on the incident Gen Singh said that even if a dog were to bark these days, it would be blamed on the central government. Times Now cannot decide whether this statement should be the burning question in the News Hour debate since it is unclear whether or not Gen Singh’s statement is derogatory to the Haryana hurricane in particular or Jats in general considering that he himself is a Harayanvi Jat.

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(Reported by Citizen Satirist Vinita Krishnamurthy. The above article was Originally published in UnRealtimes)