Speculation rife over Bharat Ratna awardees as government orders 5 medallions

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Delhi, Aug.10 (ANI): Speculation is rife over the identity of this year’s Bharat Ratna awardees, even as the government ordered 5 medallions from the RBI Mint. Two names which have been discussed the most frequently are those of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and of senior BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee. This year’s winner, Sachin Tendulkar, continues to garner controversy as politicians question his selection over hockey legend Major Dhyanchand. Rahul Mehra, spokesperson for AAP said to ANI, “I am not saying that Sachin Tendulkar did not deserve it but I think major Dhyanchand should have been the first sportsperson to receive this award.” Agreeing, CPI leader pondered, “If cricket through Sachin Tendulkar can be honoured why has the national game of India, namely hockey, not been honoured yet?” Mehra also wondered if, by presentating the Bharat Ratna to multiple people in the same year, the honour of the award was being devalued.

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