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SC Bose, Vajpayee and three other famous personalities on the reckoning for Bharat Ratna?
Speculations are rife that freedom fighter late Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and former Prime Minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee may be conferred with the highest civilian award of the country i.e. Bharat Ratna.
Apart from the names of Bose and Vajpayee there are three more names in the list of the probables. It includes the name of late Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of Banaras Hindu University; late Kanshi Ram, a well known Dalit leader and founder Bahujan Samajwadi Party and legendary hockey player Major Dhyanchand, if sources are to be believed.

Few years ago, the BJP had demanded that Bharat Ratna should be conferred on Mr Vajpayee, who had led the first NDA government at the Centre between 1998 and 2004. But, this could not happen during that time, but now it could be a reality. Hearing about the same, his niece, Karuna Shukla termed it a great honor and said Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not only a leader, but has also an important place in the hearts of Indian people.

As of now, these names are just said to be rumours, upon which, senior Congress leader, Akhilesh Singh said it is just media speculation. He further added, ''It is the government's prerogative and their right to select whom to honour the award to, so, I don't want to comment on this. And even the reports are not officially confirmed by the government. So, this is not a good time to judge. What should I comment on this speculation?"

But meanwhile, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grandnephew Sugata Bose, while criticising the reports of Bharat Ratna to be conferred on Bose said that there was no need to honor him with such award, as his stature is much bigger than that of Bharat Ratna.

He further added, "Though, the nomination is still unconfirmed, but the media is already talking about it. Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose need to be placed much more above than this Bharat Ratna honour."

Mahatma Gandhi is considered to be one of the greatest Indian, who played an instrumental role in giving freedom to India from the British, in his peaceful ways. While, Subhash Chandra Bose's contribution in India attaining freedom cannot be ignored, though, his working was contradictory to Mahatma Gandhi.

While, there are some, who have been rather disappointed with the government for having thought about SC Bose after a number of decades. One such person is Calcutta University's professor and a political analyst, Bonita Aleaz who alleged government for dishonoring Bose's contribution and also condemned the government's neglect towards Bose.

She said, "Subhash Chandra Bose should have been given Bharat Ratna prior only, as he contributed a lot in nations' freedom. Sugata Bose, grandnephew of Subhash Chandra Bose alleged that 'he has been nominated after 43 people have already being honoured with the award and his nomination to him is totally absurd.' Even I agree with it. If the government of India nominate him with a statement that he was not honoured earlier and if he is nominated now with government's apology as his contribution had been neglected by the government, then only this award seems justifiable."

As per the sources, BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya name is also in the list. Banaras Hindu University's Professor A P Pandey in a jubilant voice said, "This is really a good news, specially for those who belong to Banaras or Allahabad and Eastern regions. It is a great honour for us. But I think, this honour should have been conferred earlier only, but if Modi's government has realized it now, then we appreciate it. Malviya contributed in the field of education in spite of India's pathetic condition during British rule, where he managed to build the university. We are very much thankful to PM Narendra Modi for such initiative."

Legendary hockey player Major Dhyanchand's name is also figuring in the list. He was often considered to be a magician with the hockey stick in his hand. Last time, a controversy had erupted when Sachin Tendulkar became the first sportsperson to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna. Sportspersons and other prominent personalities were of the view that though Tendulkar deserved Bharat Ratna but Major Dhyanchand should had been given priority above the cricket legend. Major Dhyanchand iss said to be one of the greatest sportspersons India had produced.

Commenting about Dhyanchand finally standing some good chances of being conferred with the prestigious award this time, Anupam Gulati, a hockey Expert said, ''The reports are still to be confirmed. Sachin Tendulkar was the first sportsperson to receive the Bharat Ratna, but actually Dhyan Chand deserved to be the first sportsperson to receive the award. But, if the government has decided to give the hockey star this prestigious award now, I see no harm in it. I appreciate it.''

Another person whose name is rumoured to be in the list is Bahujan Samajwadi Party's founder Kanshi Ram. Rajesh Dikshit, National Secretary of SP has opposed it and stated that Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia deserves it more than any party's founder.

He said, "Bharat Ratan is the highest award, which is given by the country to renowned people who have worked in various fields. And the present government should not make it meaningless. So, they have to be very careful in conferring this award. As far as Samajwadi Party is concerned, we request the government to give the award to Ram Manohar Lohia as he rightly deserves it, because of his contributions in the freedom movement."

Irrespective of the personalities who shall receive the award in the near future, it is a matter of great respect for the individual, as the award is the highest civilian award that a person may receive. The award was first instituted in 1954 and has been received by 43 people so far. Will the above mentioned personalities also fall in the special bracket of the Bharat Ratna awardees? Only time will tell.

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