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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Govt mulling Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar: Sources

After 21 years of cricket, 99 international centuries and now the World Cup, the country's highest civilian honour might be the next feather in Sachin Tendulkar's cap.

The Home Ministry is seriously considering the rising chorus for the batting maestro to be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna, sources said.

The demand to honour the batting maestro with the Bharat Ratna had gained momentum after he scored a double ton in the ODI series against South Africa last year.

Headlines Today was the first channel to initiate a campaign for a Bharat Ratna for Sachin.

Now Tendulkar's name for the honour has been recommended by a number of politicians as well.

In fact, the Maharashtra assembly has passed a resolution requesting the central government to confer the Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar. The BJP too has demanded highest honour for the players.

If Sachin is conferred with the honour, it would be another first. No other sportsperson has ever been given the Bharat Ratna.

Meanwhile, former Indian Skipper Rahul Dravid has said that Sachin is already a Bharat Ratna for the country.

Indian captain M.S. Dhoni too has backed the batting genius for the nation's highest civilian honour. "Sachin deserves the Bharat Ratna. He has done great things for the country," Dhoni said.

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