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Sachin Tendular is not eligible to get Bharat Ratna – Know who is eligible to get Bharat Ratna

Sachin Tendular is not eligible to get Bharat Ratna –
Know who is eligible to get Bharat Ratna

Before deciding ,discussing to give Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendular one should understand what Bharat Ratna award is.

So let us understand and know about Bharat Ratna award

Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian award of the country, was instituted in the year 1954.

Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these

Bharat Ratna is awarded for exceptional service towards
advancement of Art



in recognition of public service of the highest order

The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister himself to the
No formal recommendations for this are necessary.

The number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year.

On conferment of the award, the recipient receives a Sanad (certificate) signed by the
President and a medallion.

The award does not carry any monetary grant.

In terms of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, the award cannot be used as a prefix or suffix to the recipient’s name.
However, should an award winner consider it necessary, he/she
may use the following expression in their bio-data/letterhead/visiting card etc. to
indicate that he/she is a recipient of the award: -

Awarded Bharat Ratna by the President’ or ‘Recipient of Bharat Ratna award


1. Shri Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878-1972) 1954

2. Dr. Sarvapali Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) 1954

3. Dr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970) 1954

4. Dr. Bhagwan Das (1869-1958) 1955

5. Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (1861-1962) 1955

6. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 -1964) 1955

7. Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant (1887-1961) 1957

8. Dr. Dhondo Keshave Karve (1858-1962) 1958

9. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy (1882-1962) 1961

10. Shri Purushottam Das Tandon (1882-1962) 1961

11. Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963) 1962

12. Dr. Zakir Hussain (1897-1969) 1963

13. Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane (1880-1972) 1963

14. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (Posthumous) (1904-1966) 1966

15. Smt. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) 1971

16. Shri Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1894-1980) 1975

17. Shri Kumaraswami Kamraj (Posthumous) (1903-1975) 1976

18. Mother Mary Taresa Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) (1910-1997) 1980

19. Shri Acharya Vinobha Bhave (Posthumous) (1895-1982) 1983

20. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988) 1987

21. Shri Marudu Gopalan Ramachandran (Posthumous) (1917-1987) 1988

22. Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar (Posthumous) (1891-1956) 1990

23. Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (b-1918) 1990

24. Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous) (1944-1991) 1991

25. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Posthumous) (1875-1950) 1991

26. Shri Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (1896-1995) 1991

27. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Posthumous) (1888-1958) 1992

28. Shri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata (1904-1993) 1992

29. Shri Satyajit Ray (1922-1992) 1992

30. Shri Gulzarilal Nanda (1898-1998) 1997

31. Smt. Aruna Asaf Ali (Posthumous) (1909-1996) 1997

32. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (b-1931) 1997

33. Smt. Madurai Sanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (1916-2005) 1998

34. Shri Chidambaram Subramniam (1910-2000) 1998

35. Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (Posthumous) (1902-1979) 1999

36. Professor Amartya Sen (b-1933) 1999

37. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (Posthumous) 1999

38. Pandit Ravi Shankar (b-1920) 1999

39. Sushri Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar (b-1929) 2001

40. Ustad Bismillah Khan (1916-2006) 2001

41. Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi (1922-2011) 2009

After reading this list you can see that who is eligible to get the Bharat Ratna.

In India for every type of service and field there are different types of awards are given.

Now think legally or logically in which category you will put the game of Cricket.
For me game of cricket comes under the Sports category.

Does game of Cricket and Sachin Tendulkar come under following any of the category
1. advancement of Art
2. Literature
3. Science
4. in recognition of public service of the highest order

Remember Cricket is not our national game it is a game played by a company called as ICC and BCCI.

Sports awards are also given by government of India.
Sports awards include
"Arjuna Award"

the "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy"

the "Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award"

the "Dronacharya Awards" and the "Dhyan Chand Award"

For the above four awards Sachin Tendulkar is eligible , Sachin Tendulkar is not eligible to get Bharat Ratna. Sachin has already got the Arjuna Award.

Arjuna Awards in Cricket
There are several winners of Arjuna Award in Sports of Cricket
Following are names of winners of Arjuna Award in Sports of Cricket.
1.Saleem Durani (1961)
2.Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (1964)
3.Vijay Manjrekar (1965)
4.Chandu Borde (1966)
5.Ajit Wadekar (1967)
6.E.A.S. Prasanna
7.Bishan Singh Bedi
8.Dilip Sardesai
9.Eknath Solkar
10.Sunil Gavaskar
11.Shanta Rangaswamy
12.Gundappa Vishwanath
13.Chetan Chauhan,
14.Syed Kirmani
15.Dilip Vengsarkar
16.Mohinder Amarnath
17.Ravi Shastri
18.Mohammad Azharuddin
19.Madan Lal
20.Manoj Prabhakar
21.Kiran More
22.Sachin Tendulkar
23.Anil Kumble
24.Javagal Srinath
25.Ajay Jadeja
26.Sourav Ganguly
27.Rahul Dravid
28.Nayan Mongia
29.B.K. Venkatesh Prasad
30.VVS Laxman
31.Virender Sehwag
32.Harbhajan Singh
33.Gautam Gambhir

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Unknown April 06, 2011  

To be honest I cant agree with the whole of the article..but i like your writing style a lot and the point of view..good going

SM April 06, 2011  

Deepa Praveen,,
Do not be emotional.
Please tell me in which Category you will put the game of Criket.

Rachit April 06, 2011  

Hi,a very intellectual post indeed and for the very same reaosn I'm not against or with the opinion of bestowing Sachin with this prestigious award. Yet politician like Indira Gandhi, who was the first in the country to legalize corruption, and his son Rajiv, who was the first to misuse CBI, were also awarded with this honour. And, all this rules and regulations are only on the paper to make the common people fool. If in the future at any time government will think that awarding Sachin can prove fruitful to them than not for once they will dare to read and go through this rule book.

SM April 06, 2011  


Amrit April 06, 2011  


These are guidelines. If Sachin is exceptionally good in cricket and with philanthropic work, why not.

sm,  April 06, 2011  

Please let me know the philanthropic work of Sachin.
For Great work of cricket there is another category there we got 4 options for Sachin Tendulkar.
I have mentioned that already.

sm,  April 06, 2011  

Guidelines hold the status of law or say they are equal to law, government of India can not ignore them.

Mohini Puranik April 06, 2011  

Hi SM! Thanks for presenting facts. People are making Sachin above India. Someone said,"It's not in the fortune of Bharatratna to be awarded by Sachin". something like that. I didn't know these facts. and Sachin is already honored by first Rajiv Gandhi khel Ratna award. Now some people may say sell this country for Sachin. You know they are saying Sachin has carried this country . Shame on such people they should be boycotted.

sm,  April 06, 2011  


Usha April 07, 2011  

Sm, When I heard the buzz of Sachin and Bharat Ratna award..first thing came to mind - What is the requirement to get honored by Bharat Ratna award? Your post came in time with lots of details. Thanks.
I really don't know much about cricket and all I remember is cricket played before 10 years.. but over last few years so many new things got added and I always wondered how all these players allowed and supported commercialization of cricket?

sm,  April 07, 2011  


Kirtivasan Ganesan April 07, 2011  

The last thing I would want is strict guidelines for awards.

In my opinion, if strict guidelines are followed then no award should be given posthumously. Also I shall raise a question as to why give an award to X and why not to Y. Does it mean that X is better than Y. I will also insist on written statement from government as to why X is chosen and not Y.

sm,  April 07, 2011  

This happened with S.Bose and Bharat Ratna case.
our every law is like this full of loopholes and confusion without strict and clear language.

Anonymous,  August 15, 2011  

Totally agree with the argument of the blogger...people who are saying as the contribution of the person seems too high to get the award, but indeed it's not to amend the basics category to just give an award to a person...people must realized that a single person is not for grater than that of the prestige and things say basic idea can not mold for him if even it's molded than the person is already grater than the award than what it's purpose to give him.