Former Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on October 10 said that as sports person one only gets to represent India, but as a soldier, one gets to protect the nation.
“It is truly an honour to be standing on the same dais as seniors from our of the Armed Forces and whatever you do for us, thank you so very much. Gopi (Gopichand), I and other sports person, we just represent the nation, you protect the nation.”
Sachin, who’s also honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force was at a book launch in Mumbai where he launched the Marathi version of the book ‘Four Miles to Freedom – Escape from a Pakistani POW camp’.
The book which was initially penned by Faith Johnston is a biographical account of Group Captain (Retd) Dilip Parulkar, who had tried to escape from a Prisoner of War Camp in Pakistan.
The book, which has been titled ‘Veerbharari’ in Marathi, has been translated by Meena Shete-Sambhu.
Besides Sachin, Badminton legend and national coach Pullela Gopichand was also present at the event.
Representing other sportsmen of India, Sachin added.
“This book (Veerbhahari) is a special book and I am sure, I have played cricket in Pakistan and all various other sportsmen have been to Pakistan and competed, but this innings played by Captain Parulkar would inspire all the sportsman to go out there and win matches.”
Sachin in recent past has also started few initiatives to help the soldiers in the armed forces.
He started ‘Izzat’, an initiative which helps retired Armed forces personals find placements in the corporate world.
The placement cell covers many myriad functions in various fields such as technical, logistics, supply chain, telecom, security, healthcare, infrastructure, and engineering.