Opinion: Harmanpreet’s fake degree row – public figures need to be careful about their conduct

A file photo of Harmanpreet Kaur. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Delhi, India Jul 12, 2018, 01.44 PM (IST) Pankaj Agrawal

There is no greater unifier than sports as it bring various nations and races on a single platform. 

Thus, it is painful when a sportsperson resorts to illegitimate means for quick success. Considering the kind of aura sportspersons carry with them, cheating is disgraceful and extremely deplorable.

As a teenager, I remember watching Canadian Ben Johnson sprinted in an unbelievable manner to fetch gold in 100 meters during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The legendary Carl Lewis ran quick too but he was way behind Johnson. 

Jonnson was later found guilty of using a banned steroid. He nose dove from the grace and overnight became a symbol of disgrace from a revered champion. It shook the world.

But the latest addition to the list is rather bizarre, Indian female cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur allegedly used a fake degree to get a post of DSP with Punjab police. But, now when othe truth is out, she might be demoted to the constable rank.

It is just less than a year back when Harmanpreet became the national superstar when India defeated Australia in the semi finals of ICC Women's World Cup 2017. Many believe that  the century scored by Harmanpreet perhaps was the greatest knock ever played in the women Cricket history at the international level.

It was real life “Chak De India” moment. She became national craze overnight.

Following Harmanpreet's heroic performance in the 2017 women's World Cup, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered her the DSP post in the Punjab police. But she was already employed as Office Superintendent with Western Railways and due to this, she was not able to join Punjab police for six months. However, Amarinder intervened and Harmanpreet finally joined Punjab police in February 2018.

But this fake degree scandal has brought a disgrace to her and disappointment to the legion of Indian girls who idolised her.

Recently when Australian cricket captain Steve Smith was found guilty of ball-tampering, he broke down in a press conference and said: “the biggest shame for me is that I let down the people who trusted me and respected me conditionally”.

Here, there is a message for celebrities like Harmanpreet that once you are a national hero, it becomes important to keep your conduct clean.
 

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)

 

Pankaj Agrawal

Pankaj Agrawal is an IIT graduate with deep passion for sports, history and politics.

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This fake degree scandal has brought a disgrace to Harmanpreet and disappointment to the legion of Indian girls who idolised her.