“Anna demands Bharat Ratna for Sachin,” screamed the headlines. According to the same news report, Anna’s exact words were as follows: “Sachin Tendulkar is an icon for Indian youth. He has made India proud with his exploits in cricket. I feel he deserves the Bharat Ratna,” This is a sentiment expressed by many, especially Sachin fans. There is nothing wrong with what Anna has said in this case, and surely there is nothing controversial either. But is that what the headline implies?
The use of the word “demands” in the title fits well with the uncompromising image of Anna that has been portrayed in the media. So although it might be believable, it is clearly false if you read the rest of the report! Sometime down the road, vested interests would easily use this against Anna and his team by saying, “How can Anna demand Bharat Ratna for Sachin?” Once the genie is out, good luck putting it back.