BSP supremo Mayawati said that the move shows the “casteist” mindset of the Modi government.
Ever since BJP came to power on its own, there had been talk of giving Bharat Ratna to the two personalities.
The way in which the government decided to confer this prestigious award to persons loyal to its ideology brings into question the non-partisan spirit of the Bharat Ratna.
The decision came after the announcement of Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee.
The Centre had declared that December 25, the birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The renaming has not gone down well with the Congress as it slammed the govt for such a ‘regressive’ move.
The other major highlights of the day included new civic schemes and motivational talk.
The former PM won an award for Best Non-Film lyrics in 2000
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Vajpayee first met Ghatate in 1957 when he moved to Delhi from Nagpur to study law.
Vajpayee had famously advised Modi to adhere to “rajdharma” in the aftermath of the Godhra riots.
The Bharat Ratna announcement sent news channels on a nostalgia trip
We need to celebrate Vajpayee and Malviya — and the values they stood for.
Ghatate said the former prime minister remains ‘one of the most respected politicians in the country’.
Here’s what the celebrities tweeted following the government’s announcement regarding the Bharat Ratna:
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