“I want to dedicate this award to my mother and to all the mothers of India, and I like to thanks to all my fans for their love and support in all these years to me,” said Sachin Tendulkar.
He also congratulated fellow recipient Prof Rao. "I would like to congratulate Prof CNR Rao for getting the Bharat Ratna. It is an honour to get the award with him. His contribution in the field of science is immense,” added Sachin Tendulkar.
Both Sachin and Prof. Rao had already been awarded Padma Bhushan- the country's second highest civilian Honour. Bharat Ratna is the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.
Prof. CNR Rao (79), who is one of the most prolific chemists in the country, still spends several hours every day in his laboratory and has published over 1500 research papers on material science. He has been running for the Nobel Prize for many years.
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