Ramdev appeals for Bharat Ratna for sanyasis

Haridwar: Yog Guru Ramdev has appealed to the Centre to confer the highest civilian decoration, the Bharat Ratna to a ‘sanyasi’ or saint next year.

Speaking to media here on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day on Saturday, Ramdev said: “It is very unfortunate that in the last 70 years, not even one sanyasi has been awarded the Bharat Ratna, be it Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda ji or Shivakumara Swami. I request the Centre to grant Bharat Ratna to a sanyasi in the next year.”

The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award accorded in India.

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This year, former President Pranab Mukherjee, late legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika, and late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh were the recipients of the coveted honour.

A number of politicos in Karnataka, including former chief minister Siddaramaiah and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara had raised a demand for late Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara Swami to be granted a Bharat Ratna.

Shivakumara Swami breathed his last at 11.44 am on Monday. He was being treated for a lung infection which he developed after an operation on December 8.


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