There are other aspects to the issue though:

Sports fraternity feels betrayed by Salman's appointment because it feels the actor has not contributed anything towards the advancement of sports in India and that there were athletes like PT Usha and Anju Bobby George who were better suited for the job.

On the other hand, Indian Olympic Association defended its decision by saying that Salman Khan has been selected for the role because of the kind of mass following he enjoys. It's no trivial a matter to be an entire nation's 'Bhaijaan', after all!

In the backdrop of these opinions, what needs our attention is Salman's frequent and elaborate brush with the law. Salman’s alleged involvement in the cases pertaining to the Black Buck while shooting for Hum Saath - Saath Hain, or driving an SUV over the sleeping labourers. The Indian judiciary has been struggling for years to decide which case commands more or severe attention.

Add to this the allegations of Khan being physically abusive to his love interest, the former Miss World.

A section of people say that charges against him are not proved, so he remains only an accused and cannot be termed as a culprit. This, they say, makes his appointment a legit decision. But is it legit really? Should the association not have waited for the government to clear him of these serious charges before he was given this privilege?

All said and done, this yet again proves that Salman has the uncanny knack of inviting controversies, even in absentia.

Here’s hoping India's search for a perfect representative ends on a person who meets the criteria to represent the country on the highest pedestal of sporting extravaganza and not because of mere popularity.

By: Ira Shukla

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