New Delhi: The government is considering change a rule to allow cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to receive the country's highest civilian award - the Bharat Ratna. Right now, sportsmen are ineligible.
"A suggestion regarding modification in the existing eligibility norms has been received and is under consideration," Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
There have been growing calls in recent years to confer the Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar, the world's most successful Test and one-day batsman ever. However, the criteria for recipients, formulated in 1955, limits the award to "exceptional services in arts, literature and science, and in recognition of public services of the highest order."