India news November 16, 2013

Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. The Prime Minister's Office made the announcement hours after Tendulkar brought down the curtains on a 24-year international career.

"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."

Speculation about Tendulkar getting the award has been around for years, and peaked in 2011 when the eligibility criteria for the award was broadened. Originally, the honour was for excellence in "art, literature, science and public services" but was amended to recognise "performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour".

In 2008, Tendulkar became the first sportsperson, along with chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, to receive the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour. Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award (a national award for distinguished sports persons) in 1994, and in 1998 he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest sporting honour. The next year, he was the recipient of the Padma Shri ( the fourth-highest civilian award).

Previous recipients of the Bharat Ratna include Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.

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  • CRIC_FAN94 on November 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    SACHIN.... You are declared as the person of the moment yesterday by Times magazine(USA)in the country where cricket is unpopular and today you are announced as the person of the week by the same Times magazine ahead of China president and US federal reserve head. UN secretary expressed their views through a quote on your retirement that you are irreplacable.And I saw Federer tweeting on your retirement and so on.All these felicitations are not received by any Cricketer when they retired.There must be something great thing in you to receive all these accolades from all over the world.You made us really proud and you are pride of our country.You are highly eligible for a Bharat Ratna. Good luck for your future. #ThankYou Sachin #BharatRatna #legend #Sachin4ever #MyHero #Pride

  • nirvana_1959 on November 19, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @cricwick You make an excellent point. Sure Tendulkar has made billion of people happy for a very long time (including me; I still like to see him bat for at least in Ranji -- prob a far cry a yearning). We make a strong case for "Hall of fame" for these stars. My point was you can't dilute the contributions of people like the ones I had mentioned. I have great respect for Abul Kalam Azad who turned it down citing his memebership in the selection committee.

  • on November 17, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I first see your match in 1992 world cup against Pakistan you made 52 runs and took 2 wickets. From then I am your very big fan. I never miss your matches. Whenver you got out early I switched off my t.v and not interest to know, what happen to match. I always remind about you, in sleeping, eating, working etc. I think God give you extra powers and you score over 1000 runs in a day. I purchased a 16 gb pen drive to record last moments match, commentary, news programmes. And I keep it with me till my last breath. I show it to children and tell them about what is the meaning of sachin.

  • cricwick on November 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @nirvana_1959 I can understand your concern but have to look at the entire list. The last three receipents are Lata Mangeshkar, Bismillah Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who all are musicians and not statesmen or social workers. With due respect to all of them, I think Sachin has brought more accolades to Inida and joy to the people than any of the above three. That is not to take away anything from their greatness. And if a musician or a singer can get the highest award,why not someone from sport. I don't think sport is in anyway inferior to music or arts in this regard.

  • cricwick on November 17, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    A befitting honour to this great icon of our sport and above all a wonderful human being. This award is a testimony to the impact you have had on the Indian psyche and the many joyous moments you have provided for the country. In a country that is as diverse and large as India you are and always will be an unifying factor. I can never forget the two mammoth knocks of yours(175 & 200) that I have watched in front of a packed common room in a hostel. Thank you Sachin for the memories and you deserve this HONOUR.

  • cricisme on November 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Yes, granted he one of the greatest cricketer India has produced and who has done very well for himself. What has he done for humanity and charity with the billons of dollar he has made? Does he give free cricket coaching classes or equipment to less fortunate youngsters who aspire to be a cricketer? Cricket is not the only sports, does he do anything to support other sports and sportsman as Rajya sabha MP? Hope to see him do something more with all the fame and fortune he's made for less fortunate.

  • manav599 on November 17, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Sachin isn't just Bharat Ratna but a Gem of the World. He is "THE GREATEST PERSON" I have ever seen, or in fact even heard about throughout the history. He is the person everyone should aspire to be. Dedicated to your work, always being honest, giving respect to everyone, helping others. He has done all that you can expect from a human being. I am Proud to be born in the Era of Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on November 17, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Dhyanchand was never conferred with Bharat Ratna. I am wondering if he did not qualify the new amendment in Bharat ratna award 2011 ( "performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour"). It is easy to be carried away with emotions. But India can't afford to ignore the real legend. I am sure in a more mature country like Australia , they would not have done this gaffe. Can Bradman be ignored... and someone like Waugh , Ponting, Chappel be honoured ahead of Don ???

  • vaidyar on November 17, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    So now there'll be a controversy whether (1) a sportsperson should be given the BR, (2) if so, should Dhyan Chand have been given it fist, (3) if the flailing UPA govt's trying to gain some votes here.

    The last day of his career after SRT did a great job of a farewell, salvaging his goodbye from BCCI's over-the-top preparations, and going just the way he wanted to go, the govt has to start a controversy.

    As in his career, he'll never get one day or one moment to savour without someone trying to score points for themselves off him. Sad.

  • Rajah_skn on November 17, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Sachin deserves the Highest Award in India. You call it what ever the name for the award, without any doubt in this century he deserves more than anybody else.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on November 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    SACHIN.... You are declared as the person of the moment yesterday by Times magazine(USA)in the country where cricket is unpopular and today you are announced as the person of the week by the same Times magazine ahead of China president and US federal reserve head. UN secretary expressed their views through a quote on your retirement that you are irreplacable.And I saw Federer tweeting on your retirement and so on.All these felicitations are not received by any Cricketer when they retired.There must be something great thing in you to receive all these accolades from all over the world.You made us really proud and you are pride of our country.You are highly eligible for a Bharat Ratna. Good luck for your future. #ThankYou Sachin #BharatRatna #legend #Sachin4ever #MyHero #Pride

  • nirvana_1959 on November 19, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    @cricwick You make an excellent point. Sure Tendulkar has made billion of people happy for a very long time (including me; I still like to see him bat for at least in Ranji -- prob a far cry a yearning). We make a strong case for "Hall of fame" for these stars. My point was you can't dilute the contributions of people like the ones I had mentioned. I have great respect for Abul Kalam Azad who turned it down citing his memebership in the selection committee.

  • on November 17, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I first see your match in 1992 world cup against Pakistan you made 52 runs and took 2 wickets. From then I am your very big fan. I never miss your matches. Whenver you got out early I switched off my t.v and not interest to know, what happen to match. I always remind about you, in sleeping, eating, working etc. I think God give you extra powers and you score over 1000 runs in a day. I purchased a 16 gb pen drive to record last moments match, commentary, news programmes. And I keep it with me till my last breath. I show it to children and tell them about what is the meaning of sachin.

  • cricwick on November 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @nirvana_1959 I can understand your concern but have to look at the entire list. The last three receipents are Lata Mangeshkar, Bismillah Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who all are musicians and not statesmen or social workers. With due respect to all of them, I think Sachin has brought more accolades to Inida and joy to the people than any of the above three. That is not to take away anything from their greatness. And if a musician or a singer can get the highest award,why not someone from sport. I don't think sport is in anyway inferior to music or arts in this regard.

  • cricwick on November 17, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    A befitting honour to this great icon of our sport and above all a wonderful human being. This award is a testimony to the impact you have had on the Indian psyche and the many joyous moments you have provided for the country. In a country that is as diverse and large as India you are and always will be an unifying factor. I can never forget the two mammoth knocks of yours(175 & 200) that I have watched in front of a packed common room in a hostel. Thank you Sachin for the memories and you deserve this HONOUR.

  • cricisme on November 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Yes, granted he one of the greatest cricketer India has produced and who has done very well for himself. What has he done for humanity and charity with the billons of dollar he has made? Does he give free cricket coaching classes or equipment to less fortunate youngsters who aspire to be a cricketer? Cricket is not the only sports, does he do anything to support other sports and sportsman as Rajya sabha MP? Hope to see him do something more with all the fame and fortune he's made for less fortunate.

  • manav599 on November 17, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Sachin isn't just Bharat Ratna but a Gem of the World. He is "THE GREATEST PERSON" I have ever seen, or in fact even heard about throughout the history. He is the person everyone should aspire to be. Dedicated to your work, always being honest, giving respect to everyone, helping others. He has done all that you can expect from a human being. I am Proud to be born in the Era of Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on November 17, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Dhyanchand was never conferred with Bharat Ratna. I am wondering if he did not qualify the new amendment in Bharat ratna award 2011 ( "performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour"). It is easy to be carried away with emotions. But India can't afford to ignore the real legend. I am sure in a more mature country like Australia , they would not have done this gaffe. Can Bradman be ignored... and someone like Waugh , Ponting, Chappel be honoured ahead of Don ???

  • vaidyar on November 17, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    So now there'll be a controversy whether (1) a sportsperson should be given the BR, (2) if so, should Dhyan Chand have been given it fist, (3) if the flailing UPA govt's trying to gain some votes here.

    The last day of his career after SRT did a great job of a farewell, salvaging his goodbye from BCCI's over-the-top preparations, and going just the way he wanted to go, the govt has to start a controversy.

    As in his career, he'll never get one day or one moment to savour without someone trying to score points for themselves off him. Sad.

  • Rajah_skn on November 17, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Sachin deserves the Highest Award in India. You call it what ever the name for the award, without any doubt in this century he deserves more than anybody else.

  • on November 17, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    what a career u have just finished....have a good life......hats off to u man...........a fan of u frm BD.

  • on November 17, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    The difference between Sachin and other cricket greats is simply with the standard of behaviour he set for the world. People may forget this standard of personal attitude but cricket world was lacking of this. Now, we got all from Sachin. I pray for you to be the longest survival of this world - it will be another record. Go Sachin Go for this, never retires from there!

  • nirvana_1959 on November 16, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    As much as I love Sachin I don't agree with this. Only 43 people have been awarded this. You can't have someone from Sports & Leisure alongside Rajaji, Sarvapelli, Patel, Zakir Hussain, Rajendra Prasad, Abdul Kalam, Shastri and other greats. It has diluted and demeaned Bharat Ratna. I would have been a prouder Indian had a soldier who sacrificed his life in Cargill been given this award.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on November 16, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    He was a Bharat Ratna in 1992. Too bad, it was only recognized now. He was always the "Man of the nation" for struggling, yet prospering India from early 90's, so what do we care about a US magazine realizing that after some 20+ years? Looks like they (both the Indian government and the foreign magazines) missed the boat by a long mile.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 16, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Dear Sachin, you deserve this honour. You have been our country's GREATEST sportsman of the modern era. You are a true RATNA (diamond) and a heart throb of billions of cricket lovers worldwide. Best wishes Little Master !!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I am from nepal and now in australia I am a great fan of indian cricket and cricketer , among them sachin is always great and remembered even he has retired from international cricket. all of us nepalese wish for him ,and congratulate to great legend of cricket history. specially young generation of nepal is inspired by him and his colleagues like RD, SG,VVS LAXMAN AND EVEN dhoni , and kholi but one an only question we ask ourself, even india is giant nation of cricket world and they have been supporting all over the world, but by being neighborhood country I am just thinking why bcci is not supportung country like nepal , wh8ch are trying to evolve in cricket world.

  • on November 16, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I haven't seen a more humble person. Even today, during his speech, there was not a bit of arrogance in his voice after what he has achieved throughout these years. Sachin's cricket was not about the records he possess, records may get broken one day (records are meant to be broken), but it was the true spirit of his that he played cricket with. He played the gentlemen's game like a true gentleman. Wish you all the best for your future life and may the future generations of cricket take inspiration from you. Love from Pakistan, ThankYou Sachin !!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Well There Were,There are ,There would be Zillion posts on the Person, Who is the MAN OF THE TIME right now, Whether its TWITTER or FACEBOOK, or any News Channel or Any NATIONAL DAILY its Speaks of, " THE SACHIN TENDULKAR." whom people call by various names, The GOD of Cricket, The Master Blaster, The Run machine, A Living Legend and hundreds of other names given in Love, Respect, Honor and Gratitude. Besides all the Innumerable records and 24 years of Selfless Devotion to the Country and the Game Of Cricket .. he is A Great Human being whose Virtues are so great that ppl believe that Thr's Part of Almighty in him Who was Playing the Game in Grtst possible way in the era.. SACHIN's ERA of CRICKET.

    Well there would a Sudden,Strange but very obvious Gap,Void,Silence that will follow. But his Ever Lightened lamp of Inspiration to the Youth, more appropriately to INDIA will keep the SACHIN SPIRIT alive in the game and to always Do Something for INDIA.. GOD BLESS YOU SACHIN, THANK u.

  • on November 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    The legend keeps on breaking records even after retirement. Youngest ever recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award.

  • on November 16, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    The master deserve that

  • on November 16, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    What an era comes to an end ! now one thing is sure nobody ask Sachin's score

  • on November 16, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I think there should b two periods or two eras in cricket. One is BS(Before Sachin) and another one is AS(After Sachin). Players can only imagine what he has done for cricket but cant even think of doing that..Hats off to Sachin...i salute u and u r the one with whom i have spent 24 years of life...cant forget those moments when u make me smile, when u make us proud by winning matches for India..will miss u forever....

  • kuldeep1109 on November 16, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    24 years of Sachin were like a movie that had it all. He made people smile, laugh, cry, and feel alive. Indian cricket and the country itself in general has seen a great transition from the 90s to where we are now. Sachin has been one constant force through this constant change, making people go through all the above emotions and entertaining them always. Anjali Tendulkar said today that she can imagine Cricket without Sachin, but not Sachin without Cricket. As an ardent cricket fan and that of Sachin, I would like to believe that it is equally unimaginable that Cricket without Sachin will ever be the same again. The Kohlis, the Sharmas and the Pujaras will come, entertain, perform exceptionally well and go, but there will never ever be a cricketer and a human being whose presence will be cherished and absence be mourned as much as Sachin Tendulkar!! Here's to Sachin, The God who propogated Cricket the Religion across the world!! The Bharat Ratna is truly deserved!!

  • AbySibyKalapurayil on November 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @ketaann: Actually, Bharat Ratna deserves Sachin...

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Sachin You have inspired many generation - You saw batted with 3 cricketing generations; We love You; Thank You Sachin Tendulkar

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    SACHA INDIAN---Sachin Tendulkar , is the God chosen true human being who is a living legend. It is not he runs he scored but it is how he is running his life, a remarkable achievement among all of us. His life history should become a syllabus in all school books, so that then new generation will remember him as Buiddha, Gandhi and Nehru, in history of India. The most important aspect of his success, was the family values he have shown for his success. The youngsters should know the value of their parents,spouse and children, sisters,brothers,teachers, friends, room mates, colleagues and many many human beings who play some role in their life. But for his family support, he would not become a world class sportsman. All awards desrve Sachin ! Sachin only!

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Wow! I wouldn't say it was not deserving, but I never really wondered if Sachin is the only exceptional sports person India had...especially at genius level. What about Anand and the olympians?

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    There are people making comparisions among sachin, bradman, vishwanath anand for various reasons. One thing I would like to make here is that no one comparable to other as every individual is unique in their own way. Having said that, If you really want me to compare, then i would say no one could have played for a career span of 24 years without controversies, injuries, and above all bearing the dreams of a billion people for all these years sachin is the only exception. There were days when opposition felt " get out sachin u will win the match". you could observe this phenomenon was no where in the world cricket except in India. Comparing to bradman, sachin himself admitted that bradman is incomparable. That is the humility and dignity of Sachin. About Bharat Rathna, He is great son of the soil as he inspired many people by playiing the game with such a dedication which means what ever you aspire to do you must love and give dedication. So fittingly sachin deserves it

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 16, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    @Robbie Obrian Kallis Superior to Sachin in What ? Avg?. Sachin too was averaging higher than him 3 years ago and soon Kallis avg too will come down just like Sachin. But he pales in comparison when you consider his avg/tons against Aus or Eng. Sachin at helm destroyed many great bowlers(lately steyn). I don't remember kallis doing the same. Sure an inflated avg of 73 against Indian bowlers puts him a head above Sachin but we all know how destructive kallis was against good bowling attacks.

  • on November 16, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    For those who are raising eyebrows on Sachin's 'Bharat Ratna'....

    A man who inspires a generation, make people believe, make people love their country, sets examples of being a great human to not one but many generations... should not be given Bharat Ratna?? Just because he is from a sports fraternity? As Harsha Bhogale said ... he put India in the Map when the country was over coming economic crises, when the country was taking strides for a better and brighter future... sachin was the role model to look at for the people. So what he was from sports. If you see... sporting successes of a country directly reflect the prosperity and well being of the nation ... and it is because of people like Sachin.

    He never asked to be called God. His silence doesn't imply his affirmative.... Remember Speech is Silver but Silence is Golden!!

    You can debate as much, but bharat ratna deserves Sachin.

  • ketaann on November 16, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    he really deserves that. What a personality !!

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Cant believe still there are such people in India criticizing for anything and nothing, when the whole cricketing world , greatest players , other sports personalities pouring their comments on Sachin. Waste of time reading such nonsense

  • HegdeSA on November 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Other recepients had their prestige enhanced by receiving Bharat Ratna, but by receiving it Sachin has enhanced the prestige of this award ! But other sportpersons like Leander Paes and Vishwanathan Anand also deserve this award for their stellar deeds in international sports !!

  • on November 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    @ pull_shot yeah yeah yeah and if Bradman had played as many tests as Tendulkar he would have scored 120 test centuries, I have just stated that Bradman was a far superior batsman with Tendulkar as the second best ...... I have never mentioned anything about his behaviour, regarding pressure .... that applies to all sports people no matter what .... if they cannot man up then they should get out

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on November 16, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Sanjay MMS: I second that motion. Vishy Anand for Bharat Ratna.

  • pull_shot on November 16, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @ Robbie Obrian He is g8t because not only of his achievements in cricket field but off d field. Didu ever seen him misbehaving or sledging.He has played cricket as gentleman's game,m ore over when u compare players of different countries just check there backgrounds from which they evolve. Sachin have to play on d burden of 1 billion indian expectations so some times it is hard to express himself in batting and india has never good bowling (expect for some years when Zaheer,ishant, sreeshanth and bhaji inform so easily we r on No 1 spot in tests) when opposition piles runs and when india was batting they can be more attacking fields,thats d problem when india face when Aussie on prime, So good bowling reduces d pressure on batsman which kallis,pointing both played with freedom. So i hate to say this but if Sachin played for SAF,ENG,AUS he would have scored atleast 125 centuries as there won't this much pressure. India and pakistan players play under more pressure than any others

  • SanjayMMS on November 16, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Chess is our own game and is India's gift to the world. Chess is played in every nook and corner of the world and it is a matter of great pride that the greatest player of our times is an Indian. No body deserves the Ratna more than Vishy Anand.

  • on November 16, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    so many people are saying that Vishy deserve Bharat Ratna award. I feel main reason why he is not getting is, he just excelled in the sport but he is not a true role model for Indians as he left India long back in order to concentrate on the sport and he openly told it. if you see, India is not his atleast half home now. Where as Sachin, remained role model to millions of people in India as a Human Being. you can not compare Vishy with Sachin.

  • on November 16, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    please all of you keep politics out of this. no politician has served the nation like sachin did. we indians can never be satisfied cmon guys

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    @Dishant Saingar ..... yes I have seen much footage of Bradman playing, he played on more difficult pitches than those prepared solely for batsmen, they were never covered during Bradman's era ..... which makes your comments rather foolish and childish .... Kallis is on a par with Tendulkar and may well become superior

  • VinodGupte on November 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Sorry, but chess is not a sport and Vish Anand is not a sportsman. chess is as much a "sport" as snake and ladder or poker. these two need as much muscle as chess. having said that, Vish Anand is a legend in his own right and he may be given a bharat ratna now that the rules say unparalled contribution in "any category".

    congrats to SRT. this was coming although it would have been nice if he got it when he was not part of rajya sabha. there is something wrong with the govt awarding one of them with bharat ratna.

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    SRT 200 deserve this award more than any sportsman in entire world. I am happy that inidans have opened their heart and giving respect to greatest legend at right time.

  • GrtIndia_Ann on November 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    I came across some people who often complain about giving this prestigious award to sportsperson claiming that they havent done any service to nation....my question is what service have Lata Ji, Bismillah Khan and other legends of Art have done to nation..did they fed the hungry or did they design sky flying missiles....no...they just excelled in their fields...not that I am against these legends getting BharatRatna.....I mean if these legends like Lata Ji, Bismillakhan etc are eligible to get this award...so does any sportsperson ......

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Most of the people posted here are cricket maniacs, He may be the greatest cricketer, iconic character all that is fine. But surely does not deserve Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award. Very difficult to digest he is one among the great holders of this award like Abdul Kalam, Mother Teresa, Dr Ambedkar, Satyajit Ray, Sir C V Raman, Dr M S Subulakshmi, few to mention. There are other civilian awards like Padmashree, Padma Vibushan which would have conferred on him. Its all politics, Elections are round the corner. Cheap politics to garner votes of Sachin's Fans.

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @ Robbie Obrian, have you seen Bradman playing? . You just can't two people of two different eras. And if you wanna compare someone then keep it to Australia. Don't just publish such rubbish comments on this blog. There is huge difference between the conditions in which both the legends played. There are many other great cricket experts who have already said that the two legends just can't be compared. And I don't think that you have a cricketing brain superior to them. But some foolish people like you will never understand that. I respect Bradman very much due to his stats only because I have never seen him playing. But Sachin according to me is the greatest living legend I have seen playing. Humbleness, commitment, dedication, talent, very down to earth nature(and his last farewell speech just sums it up.) are the very qualities of Sachin. The words are just not enough to describe the greatness of Sachin. He is indeed the "God of cricket" & the best cricketer I have seen playing.

  • 504429641 on November 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    though happy that Sachin finally gets it, a bit sad that there are other deserving sport personalities who deserve Bharat Ratna. They are: 1) Dhyanchand 2) Vishwanathan Anand. In the current situation, if Vishawanthan Anand wins current world series against Magnus Carlson, then he truly deserves Bharat Ratna.

  • blade_pakkiri on November 16, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    If any sportsperson in India deserves the Bharat Ratna first, it's Viswanathan Anand 5 times World Chess Champion. No other Indian sportsperson even comes close to his achievements. It's sad that he has not been considered at all.

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Master deserved that! Congrats Living Legend..I had tough time battling my tear today..Cricket will never be same without my hero..you were my inspiration and you were the reason i was watching cricket. I will continue to watch cricket, but...

    SACHIN IS GOD and Cricket is Religion

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Can the twitter handle #ThankYouSachin remain active forever!!! I want my kids to tweet "#ThankYouSachin"! For Sachin will be spoken about for the rest of his life and beyond!

  • Syed_Zeeshan_Ahmed on November 16, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Living legend!!! He will be missed a lot in game of cricket!!! Heartiest congratulation to him for getting highest civilian award!!! Lots of love from Pakistan!!!

  • GilliAdi on November 16, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Cricket in me died today. It will never be the same again

  • YorBanra on November 16, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Today I remember Raman Lamba. He got injured and so Tendulkar could make his debut against Pakistan in 1989. Lamba never played a Test again. Tendulkar retires by walking off a cricket field at 40. Raman Lamba was carried off a cricket field and died when he was 40. Tendulkar had talent and technique. Raman Lamba lacked both but nobody could beat him for determination and love for the game. He is my Cricket Ratna!

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Congrats to living legend for getting the Bharat Ratna award at young age of 40 Years compared to Shri Rajiv Ghandi (47 Years).

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @gsingh7 - Obviously you know very little of the history of cricket

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Out of my 30 years I spent 24 years watching you . For me Cricket is you and You is Cricket, your speech made me emotional . Your Farewell speech shows why you are Sachin and why people are crazy about you . its not just your a game it your personality which makes me love you more . YOU WAS MY ROLE MODEL , YOU ARE MY ROLE MODEL, YOU WILL BE MY ROLE MODEL. #ThankyouSachin

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    You truly deserve BHARAT RATNA YOU ARE LIVING IKON OF NATIONAL INTIGRITY

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    hearty congrats to sachin - akthough the award was long overdue it has been conferred on a memorable day -

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    what such a great sportsman, some crores of the Indian peoples trust with this sportsman in the game of cricket, everytime he walks in the the cricket ground, the crores of peoples thinking is to get hundred every match, this is the trust of the peoples who knows Sachin, he also try to fulfill, he has won award of peoples like, great human being, great professionalist, great ambassador, all in his 24 years, only in the mind is Cricket, Cricket and also Cricket, let us thanks the legend,

  • SRRY on November 16, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Star Sports did well enough to even move the PMO ! But they created the grounds 2 years ago and waited for this day. India will forget anybody but not SRT and AB.

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    The choice to announce was made at the right time of his retirement.

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Very lucky indeed ! seen of some of the vintage Sachin in his last inning You are retire today but will never retire from millions cricket lover's heart. cricket without you just in imaginable. Thank you Sachin for giving us number of Un forgettable memories

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    sachin tendulkar will be the reason for which many many deserving sportsmen of india get the Bharat ratna...thank you for that sachin becoz without you dhyanchand, vishy etc etc couldnt have got a bharat ratna

  • baskar_3_1 on November 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Do anyone in the nation makes u tear when the person in the art,literature, science and public services retired...this man makes tears from billion people...even now when i typing this msg,unknowingly tears coming from my eyes...this is all due to only one man,SACHIN....i love u SACHIN...BHARAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO RESPECT HIM BY INDIAN GOVERNMENT...

  • on November 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    i was crying when he given a speech that shows he is a legend who lives every indians hearts so when he get emotional we as well,when he cry we as well.

  • tickcric on November 16, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I don't know whether there has been a sportsperson who has received such intense love and adoration for such a sustained period of time. Sachin is about records and much, much more. In Sachin, something of spirit of India is captured. It's a great decision to award him with Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India). He deserves it folks, he richly deserves it. Surely there are other Indian greats (sportsperson & non-sportsperson) who deserves the award, but let us not be bitter today. Let us be happy for this great sportsperson and one of the greatest Indian, ever. Hail unto you, Tendulkar! Thank you for everything.

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Awesome news, Sachin Tendulkar deserves all the awards and accolades.

  • sree007sri on November 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    SACHIN and INDIA deserved world cup 2003 in captaincy of SOURAV GANGULY (my fav captain for india) .in that time i am at peak stage of MAD ABOUT CRICKET.unfortunately that time india lost...Thanks for the Youngsters giving farewell to sachin with great applause.....WORLD CUP 2013, IPL, Champions league, Test series WINS.........Abt Bharat Ratna........he inspired many youngsters with attitude ..discipline......its Enough he done his part for India...he deserved it.....

  • gsingh7 on November 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @robbie-- i guess bradman is not even second to sachin in termsiof matches played runs scored centuries made or man of matches won. heck he even didnt won any major world trophy as game was played only between two nations england and aus.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 16, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    hoping dhayand chand too will get bharat ratna. Congrats little master.

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Now it's up to the English to award him with "SIR" Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

  • Madddy on November 16, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    What an honor for this award, it's should be feeling proud going to the real 'deserving' person... Its an more honor to award,,, than to Sachin... Lucky award, finally caught Sachin on the last day of his cricketing life... Congrats to both... :)

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    yes a good second to Don Bradman

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Millions & Millions of fans in India & abroad had already awarded him with the "Bharat Ratna" long ago, the government has only seconded it.

  • Prakash_Sachin on November 16, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    God created this man just for making records... on or off field!!!

  • pull_shot on November 16, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    No, why to give most prestigious award to sports person, though i am big fan for tendulkar still i don't think this is good decision but congrats to him

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Well done Sachin you deserve it a great cricketer and a gentleman.

  • fictitious123 on November 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    seriously! you guys are happy for it? for me the first Sportperson who deserved this honor is Late Major Dhanchand. He has won the first GOLD Medal for India in Hockey. He was the pride of india in those days.

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    For those who criticized this farewell series would have known the reason now..Not all the greats are legends..SRT is the true legend for the game of cricket!!!

  • wambling_future on November 16, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Sachin's Contribution to India: Brought smile to 1 Billion Indian for over 24 years... nobody else comes closer... so he deserves this !!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    excellent new by Govt of India but he should have been given this long time ago. But its never too late, Thank you Sir Sachin for everything you done for cricket and India as nation. You have been and will remain an inspiration for millions. We will never forget your centuries at the same time your run in score of 90s or your struggle, we have done this journey with you and will carry on even after your retirement. whenever India will play we will remember you and we hope to see you soon as coach, mentor or commentator and carry on your service to the great game. you are a true gentleman. Thank you.

    Thank you.

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Actually this award is given to him by some billion people way back. The government of India just confirmed it .

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    you r very great sachin you deserves it and you and only you will be the youngest person receiving that great honor congratulations sachin

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar will be the 42nd recipient of the Bharat Ratna and @ 40 he will be the youngest winner! Another record after retirement

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Three cheers for Sachin Tendulkar... hip hip hurrey... hip hip hurrey...hip hip hurrey!!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    No words... Salute the GOD...

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Well done Government of India. The sacrifices made by this great cricketer for his country made him a prime candidate for the Bharat Ratna award.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    sachin sachin......sachin............sachin

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    He deserve the Bharat ratna . he did everything in cricket for india.so good decision came late but right time .When all indians are in sorrow .This news give us lots of pleasants.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    First sportsperson ever..

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    No words remain to praise or describe his caliber...Just another justified title added in his crown....he is truly a BHARAT-RATNA....

  • Jalz007 on November 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Yeah, why now??? They could have given this earlier....was it a suprise gift from the PMO's office to Tendulkar..??

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    He is deserved to get this. should give doctor title too for his sportsmanship.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great to hear this... Sachin rocks...

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    He deserves it and today is best day to announce the biggest Civilian Award in India. Well done Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar for achieving everything in your life. Wishing you happy and peaceful retired life from Cricket, the game which you loved the most.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Well deserved... I am really happy for you sachin...

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to the master blaster on this well deserved honour! May GOD bless him with health and long life to help him to serve the sport and our society in the best way as only Sachin can do!

  • Arrow011 on November 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    He deserved the award long back, better late than never. Now it is time the Queen of England bestows him a LORD title for glorifying Cricket a sport invented by the British & for living to the true traditions of cricket by following all rules right through his 24 years career.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    another record for his room of awards- better late than never will be missed by all cricket fans all over the world

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    miss u god the living legend he deservs it

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Well deserved for his contributions and dedication.A humble legend!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Truly deserved . #ThankYouSacin

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Sachin ...................... Salute

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    yes , this is what is left after all the sorrow , they should have done this before.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    yes , this is what is left after all the sorrow , they should have done this before.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Sachin ...................... Salute

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Truly deserved . #ThankYouSacin

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Well deserved for his contributions and dedication.A humble legend!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    miss u god the living legend he deservs it

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    another record for his room of awards- better late than never will be missed by all cricket fans all over the world

  • Arrow011 on November 16, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    He deserved the award long back, better late than never. Now it is time the Queen of England bestows him a LORD title for glorifying Cricket a sport invented by the British & for living to the true traditions of cricket by following all rules right through his 24 years career.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Heartiest congratulations to the master blaster on this well deserved honour! May GOD bless him with health and long life to help him to serve the sport and our society in the best way as only Sachin can do!

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Well deserved... I am really happy for you sachin...

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    He deserves it and today is best day to announce the biggest Civilian Award in India. Well done Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar for achieving everything in your life. Wishing you happy and peaceful retired life from Cricket, the game which you loved the most.