Friday, 25 January 2008

Padma Vibhushan: Tendulkar lands yet another award!

Sachin Tendulkar’s cupboard must be overflowing. He’s no stranger to awards after all. But that does not stop anyone, including the government, from showering more on the Little Champion.

And the latest is the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award. Along with him, chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and late mountaineer Edmund Hillary (posthumous) also got this award.

Soccer star Bhaichung Bhutia and swimmer Bula Chowdhury also had something to show. Both have been selected for Padma Shri.

Meanwhile, former captain Ajit Wadekar has demanded a Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) for Sachin Tendulkar.

Conferring those on some Tom, Dick and Harry, the awards have become cheap in public eyes over the years. And Tendulkar is already a Bharat Ratna. Isn’t he? So why bother about what is essentially a medal?

(Full Padma award 2008 list)


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