With the Government changing rules to make sportspersons eligible for the Bharat Ratna, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has passed a resolution to support the demand for bestowing the country’s highest civilian honour on champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna
“A resolution was passed at our Managing Committee meeting to back Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna. Our Joint Secretaries (Nitin Dalal and P V Shetty) will now be writing to Maharashtra Government requesting it to take it up with the Central Government,” said MCA Vice-President Ratnakar Shetty.
Describing Sachin Tendulkar as worthy recipient of the Bharat Ratna award, sportspersons from different disciplines lend their voice to confer the iconic batsman with the country’s highest civilian honour.
“It is the government that has to decide whether he (Tendulkar) should be given the award or not but as far as I am concerned, he definitely deserves the accolades. He has made every Indian proud,” said ace shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gagan Narang.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar feels blessed to have a ‘son’ like Sachin Tendulkar and wants the batting sensation to carry on his innings for many more years and win the Bharat Ratna.
Congratulating Sachin on his hitting his 50th test century, his avid fan says her blessings are always with the ‘little master’.
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan today said that Sachin Tendulkar was already a ‘Bharat Ratna’ to the people of the country going by his achievements in the cricketing world.
“Tendulkar is already a ‘Bharat Ratna’ going by the admiration he has got from all Indians for his achievements in the cricket field,” he told reporters in reply to a question whether it was time the government to confer the highest civilian honour to the legendary cricketer.
1. Despite the Prime Minister’s office having recommended the Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar, there was no announcement made even as the Padma awards list was made public on Tuesday. So while his fans wait for the country’s highest civilian honour to be bestowed on the maestro, here’s a quick recap of the many awards and honours he has received in the last two decades.
2. Tendulkar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award in 2008 for exceptional and distinguished service to the nation in cricket.
3. In a rare gesture, the Indian Air Force conferred him the honorary title of Group Captain in 2010.
4.The world’s leading run-scorer in ODIs and Tests was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1997–98, India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports. He had been presented with the Arjuna Award in 1994.