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Bharat Ratna Likely to be Awarded to Atal Behari Vajpayee: Official

Speculation is rife that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose may be named for the country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.

The speculation has been fuelled by the Home Ministry placing an order of five Bharat Ratna medallions.

BJP leaders have in the past demanded Bharat Ratna be awarded to Vajpayee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is heading the BJP-led government now, would take call on this and probably would announced it in his Independence Day speech.

Among others whose names are being speculated is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

A senior Home Ministry official said that four days back the government mint had been asked to make for five medallions of the Bharat Ratna.

"But ordering five medallions does not mean that five persons will be bestowed with Bharat Ratna. This is to keep adequate number of medallions in reserve," he said.

Besides, the government's rule for Bharat Ratna is clear that the number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year.

The recommendation for Bharat Ratna is made by the Prime Minister himself to the President. No formal recommendation for this is necessary.

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14/D-111
Aug 11, 2014
07:43 PM

ANWAAR

Reading your remarks I am now totally convinced that Veer Savarkar really well deserves the Bharat Ratan !! You have cleared my initial hesitation.

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
13/D-93
Aug 11, 2014
05:51 PM

@DLN "You have forgotten the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan."

I haven't. But he is already honoured with the sobriquet "Tiger"

K.Suresh, Bangalore
12/D-87
Aug 11, 2014
05:24 PM

" Vajpayee and Netaji Bose are okay for Bharat Ratna, but not Savarkar."

Veer Savarkar was a great patriot, a great social reformer, a true son of the soil. He is as entitled to a Bharat Ratna as anybody else.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
11/D-86
Aug 11, 2014
05:19 PM

@ Suresh - "Not before Congress insists one for Aurangzeb."

You have forgotten the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
10/D-73
Aug 11, 2014
04:42 PM

Congress gave it to Tendulkar who refuese to come to Rajya Sabha and goes to see the Wimbeldon.  GAYATRI, MADRID

It was a poor choice but electoral compulsion. Even though this did not help them.
george, london
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