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Sachin Tendulkar and Bharat Ratna

Sachin Tendulkar received the Padma Shri in the year 1999 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, in 2008. Ever since, there has been an ongoing debate about whether he should be conferred with Bharat Ratna. The very fact that there is a debate means that there are views in favor as well as against it.

Usually, there is a gap of five years in between two awards. And so, the Bharat Ratna, if conferred to him, should come at least after two more years. But the government has the power to decide otherwise.

One of the points of debate is that Sachin Tendulkar is too young to receive Bharat Ratna. All the recipients of Bharat Ratna received the honor at a very old age. To name a few – Lata Mangeshkar received it at the age of 72, Bhimsen Joshi at the age of 86 years, Amartya Sen at 66 years, Ravi Shankar at 79 years and M S Subbalakshmi in 1998 at the age of 82 years. Indira Gandhi got it when she was 54 and Rajiv Gandhi when he was 47.

Lata Mangeshkar during her lifetime, has never been seen in a TV commercial or promoting any commercial products. At the most she could be seen promoting the cause of the nation in terms of singing for the country. After receiving Bharat Ratna, will Sachin stop endorsing products or start charging more endorsement fee for the products will be another controversy and capture headlines if this happens.

No doubt, Sachin enjoys a special place in the heart of every Indian but he has also used his position for the commercial market without going into the merits of the product he is endorsing. At the same time, it is equally true that he has never appeared in a cigarette or alcohol commercial but endorsing commercial products also amounts to promoting something only for money.

Will he become the youngest to receive the Bharat Ratna? Only time will tell.

S.No
Name
Awarded Awarded at the Age
1
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
76
2
C. V. Raman
66
3
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
66
4
Bhagwan Das
86
5
Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya
95
6
Jawaharlal Nehru
66
7
Govind Ballabh Pant
70
8
Dhondo Keshav Karve
100
9
Bidhan Chandra Roy
79
10
Purushottam Das Tandon
79
11
Rajendra Prasad
78
12
Zakir Hussain
66
13
Pandurang Vaman Kane
83
14
Lal Bahadur Shastri
62
15
Indira Gandhi
54
16
V. V. Giri
81
17
K. Kamaraj
73
18
Mother Teresa
70
19
Vinoba Bhave
88
20
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
97
21
M. G. Ramachandran
71
22
B. R. Ambedkar
99
23
Nelson Mandela
72
24
Rajiv Gandhi
47
25
Vallabhbhai Patel
116
26
Morarji Desai
95
27
Abul Kalam Azad
104
28
J R D Tata
88
29
Satyajit Ray
70
30
A P J Abdul Kalam
66
31
Gulzarilal Nanda
99
32
Aruna Asaf Ali
89
33
M S Subbulakshmi
82
34
Chidambaram Subramaniam
88
35
Jayaprakash Narayan
97
36
Ravi Shankar
79
37
Amartya Sen
66
38
Gopinath Bordoloi
109
39
Lata Mangeshkar
72
40
Bismillah Khan
85
41
Bhimsen Joshi
86

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief