Agencies, New Delhi
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were today conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Describing the award as the “biggest honour” for him, Tendulkar, expressing his gratitude for all the love he has received, said he would continue to bat for India and try his best to give the people of India a reason to smile.
‘’It is the biggest honour for me, receiving the Bharat Ratna. I know my cricket has stopped. But I’ll continue to bat for India and try my best to give the people of India a reason to smile,’’ Tendulkar told reporters after receiving the award.
Tendulkar dedicated the award to his mother and to all the mothers of India.
‘’I dedicate this award to my mother and to all the mothers of India,’’ he said.
He also congratulated fellow Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao, saying that he respected his contribution to India and wished him all the best.
Also present at the function were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur and other dignitaries.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16 last year, is the first sportsman to receive the Bharat Ratna.