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Sachin Tendulkar's philanthropy: Act of kindness or ulterior motives?
Sachin Tendulkar seldom quotes controversy as he seldom reveals his innermost thoughts to his fans. This quality of his has earned him many critics, but it has also earned strength to his words. People listens whenever Sachin Tendulkar has something to say. Thus, when he wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding toll tax and how it is posing a problem for the residents, it was duly reported and given importance.

In a letter to the Maharashtra CM regarding the problems of toll tax, which Tendulkar wrote on Februaray 20, Tendulkar pointed out that the toll taxes around the city was taking a 'physical and mental toll' on the commuters. The letter was written on his Rajya Sabha letterhead and said, ''I would sincerely request you to kindly reconsider the model of operations to reduce the physical and mental toll on citizens who travel in and out of Mumbai.''

The cricketer's words has been taken seriously, as was reported by public works minister Chandrakant Patil, who said that relief work on the issue has been started. This is not the only instance when the master blaster made news for his philanthropy. Recently, he was one of the celebrities, who was chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and he took his role very seriously.

In the past too, he has taken his role of a responsible citizen very seriously. On his 40th birthday, last year, he announced that he would like to install solar panels in villages, so that children in the rural India can study without facing any problems. Talking about the initiative, as was reported by timesofindia.com, he said, ''After I retired from cricket, I have been trying to introduce various initiatives in order to better the lives of people who are in need. I will try my best from my side, but I also need your support in whatever work I do.''

Apart from that he also sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta. It was a simple tweet from the God of the Indian cricket, which led Crusade against Cancer foundation to raise 1.02 crore rupees for cancer patients.

While most of his fans would applaud his efforts there are a few critics, who likes to ask questions. A man, who did not raise his voice in so many cricketing issues such as the Ian Chappell and Ganguly controversy, the match fixing controversy, the IPL controversy etc., why is he suddenly making so many social statements about issues, which are trivial when compared to the larger issues, which our society is facing at the moment?

Is it to be relevant to his endorsements? As when a celebrity stops making news, he fades away from the public memory and eventually from the advertisements lists of go-to celebrity. Is it just to earn a few more bucks or are we too cynical and simply can't see a man's good work as good is the big question.

Whatever the motives, Tendulkar's actions are helping people and that is something, which no one can take away from him.

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