With such kind of an award, the PM is trying to build good relations with India and rather trying to please the leadership as much as possible. Indians may be happy with it but this move has seen a big no among the Australian citizens. How can one expect the Aussies to agree upon it, when they raised doubts about Sachin Tendulkar, who helped Harbhajan Singh come out clean in the monkeygate scandal. The Australians blamed Tendulkar for his stance during the controversy, which was related to racism.
One can't ignore the fact that there is a politcal agenda behind this move of the visiting PM. She is keen to score some brownie points. Australia seems eager to develop good relations with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This can be gauged from the fact that Australia even change dits policy on Uranium exports so that it could suit Indian needs. Besides, she is expected to discuss nuclear deal with prime minister Manmohan Singh.
All in all, it is evident that the Australian PM wants to be good friends with India and to make that happen, she has taken the Tendulkar route – who is like god to many Indians. Awarding Tendulkar means that she has pleased most of Indians.
One of the greatest Australian cricketers, Shane Warne has not received this honour yet, so it is hurting for Australian fans to see the 'little master' getting this award before him, even if they love Tendulkar too. One does not even know if Warne will ever receive this award. Australians' reaction towards this controversial award was anticipated. Imagine how would Indian fans react if an non-Indian sportsperson received a prestigious Indian award.
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