Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, form President Pranab Mukherjee.
Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to receive this award, and at 40, is also the youngest.
Scientist C.N.R. Rao was also given the honour today.
The Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar was announced shortly after his retirement in November.
“Yesterday I said that, this award (Bharat Ratna) is for my mother, because of all the sacrifices she made for me. As a child, you don’t understand life.. when you grow up, you realise all these things. It is not just for my mother, but there are millions and millions of mothers in India who sacrifice many things for their children. I would like to share my award with them,” Tendulkar had said, adding that he was humbled and honoured for the award.
“The award belongs to the entire nation, I’d say. At this stage, I would like to congratulate Professor C.N.R. Rao for getting the Bharat Ratna. It is an honour to get the award with him, his contribution to the field of science is immense. It is only that cricket is played in front of thousands of people,” he added.