Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar and C.N.R. Rao

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao have been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Saturday.

Tendulkar who bid farewell to international cricket Saturday, is the first sportsperson to receive the prestigious award.

Sachin Tendulkar Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar and C.N.R. RaoThe PMO described Tendulkar as a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe.

“He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary,” it said.

The PMO further said Tendulkar has been honoured with several awards, which is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman. ”Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer – a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe,” a PMO release said. “During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman.”

He played his last Test, his 200th, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

C.N.R. Rao, is the head of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“He is an eminent scientist and a well recognised international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books,” the PMO said.

Rao’s contributions have been recognised by major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships.

He has been honoured with several national and international awards.

CNR RAO Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar and C.N.R. RaoEarlier this year, Rao received China’s top science award for his contribution to boosting India-China scientific cooperation. Eighty-year-old Prof. Chintamani Nagesha Ramachandra Rao has been chosen for India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. Rao, who was born in Bangalore in 1934, has received more than 40 Honorary Doctorates from various prestigious Universities across the World. A world authority on structural Chemistry, Rao taught at the IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, Oxford, Cambridge and University California in an illustrious career spanning over 50 years. He is also the foremost solid state and materials chemists in the World. Author of over 45 books on science, Rao has held various prestigious government posts. He has been the chairman of Indian scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister since 2005. He earlier held the same position between 1985-89, when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.

A brief statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said the President has awarded the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar, who retired from the International cricket today. Tendulkar bows out as the most successful batsman in international cricket with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests. In his ODI career, which he needed last year, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in 463 matches.

Tendulkar, who became the first active sportsperson to become a Rajya Sabha member last year, is being given the honour along with eminent scientist Professor C N R Rao.

Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award, given for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour. The award has been conferred on 41 people till date. Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award, conferred for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour. The living recipients include former president APJ Abdul Kalam (1997) and economist Amartya Sen (1999). The only foreign recipient of the award was Nelson Mandela (1990).

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