Sachin: 'Sportsmen represent nation; armed forces protect it'

Sachin Tendulkar launched Veerbharari, a biographical account of Group Captain (Retd) Dilip Parulkar, who escaped from a Prisoner of War Camp in Pakistan.

SACHIN TENDULKAR

Sachin Tendulkar during the launch of war veteran, Dilip Parulkar's (left) book 'Veer Bharari' in Mumbai.   -  PTI

Sachin Tendulkar and Pullela Gopichand, at the launch of the Marathi book, Veerbharari, spoke about the inspiration sportspersons can gain from real-life exploits of the armed forces.

The book, launched by Tendulkar, is a biographical account of Group Captain (Retd) Dilip Parulkar, who escaped from a Prisoner of War Camp in Pakistan.

The author of Veerbharari is Meena Shete-Sambhu.

Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar, who is also a Honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, said, “It is truly an honour to be standing on the same dais as seniors from our Armed Forces and whatever you do for us, thank you so very much. Gopi (Gopichand), I and other sportsmen, we just represent the nation, you protect the nation.

“This is a special book. I have played cricket in Pakistan and other sportsmen have also been to Pakistan and competed, but this innings played by Captain Parulkar would inspire all the sportsmen to go out there and win matches,” he added.

Sachin also launched ‘Izzat’, an initiative that seeks to provide pan-India placements in the corporate world for retired Armed Forces personnel in areas such as technical, logistics, supply chain, telecom, security, healthcare, infrastructure and engineering.

The above article had mentioned that Veerbharari is a translation of the book, Four Miles to Freedom – Escape from a Pakistani POW camp. This is incorrect. The copy has been suitably corrected.

Vishwakarma Publications, the publishers of Veerbharari, clarify:

This is to inform that the book, Veerbharari, which was launched at the ‘Compliance 10/10’ event organised by Legasis Group, is originally written by Ms. Meena Shete Sambhu based on the narration given by Group Capt. (Retd.) Dilip Parulkar. Post his approval and exclusive rights given to us for publishing the same, this book has been published by us. Therefore, this is not at all a translation of Four Miles to Freedom – Escape from a Pakistani POW Camp.

— Editor