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Sachin, Prof CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna

February 04, 2014 12:51 IST

Sachin, Prof CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna

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Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were conferred with the country's highest civilian honour Bharat

Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.

The President presented the honours at a brief function at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar Hall attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers, Sachin's wife Anjali, daughter Sara and a host of dignitaries.

Master batsman Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16 last year, is the first sportsman to be bestowed with the honour.

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Image: Sachin Tendulkar receives the Bharat Ratna from President Pranab Mukherjee
Photographs: TV grab

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Tendulkar, 40, and Rao, 79, both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan -- the country's second highest civilian honour, will join a list of 41 eminent personalities who have been conferred with the award that is given in recognition of exceptional service of the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.

In a fitting finale to a record-breaking career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar, a former India captain, was chosen for the prestigious award, after his farewell 200th Test against the West Indies in Mumbai on November 16, 2013.

An official statement had said Tendulkar has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports and his achievements in cricket are unparallelled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary.

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Image: Prof CNR Rao receives the Bharat Ratna from President Pranab Mukherjee
Photographs: TV grab

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"That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman," it said, noting that Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for the country during the last 24 years since a young age of 16.

An outspoken scientist, Prof Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao is a well recognised international authority on solid state and materials chemistry who has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books.

He is the third scientist after C V Raman and former President A P J Abdul Kalam to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

Prof Rao's contributions have been recognised by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships and has been honoured with several national and international awards, the official announcement said. He currently serves as the head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient in 2009.


Image: Sachin outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the ceremony
Photographs: TV grab

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