If BJP forms Govt, tenzing may get bharat Ratna
Statesman news service
Darjeeling, 23 March: BJP vice-president and Lok Sabha poll candidate for the Darjeeling constituency SS Ahluwalia today said mountaineer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa meets all the criteria to get Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.
He said there is all likelihood that Mr Sherpa could be honoured with the award if the BJP form a government at the Centre after the polls.
Mr Ahluwalia today visited the house of the late Mr Sherpa at DB Giri road here and met his son Jamling Sherpa.
“Today is Balidan Divas, and we remember the sacrifice of the three revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, whose names cannot be forgotten when it comes to the Indian freedom struggle. On this day, I am at Tenzing Sherpa’s house to respect his contribution to the country,” Mr Ahluwalia said.
“It is sad to know that the present Indian government and the Prime Minister never thought about conferring the highest civilian honour on honorable Tenzing Sherpa. Even leaders in Bengal never appealed to the Indian government on this matter,” he added.
“When the BJP comes to power, we will likely confer the award on him,” Mr Ahluwalia said.
According to him, even the Reserve Bank of India should have issued coins of Tenzing Sherpa.
Mr Ahluwali further said that the award should also be given to other Indian sportsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Chuni Goswami, Jora Singh Dhyanchand and Milkha Singh.
According to Mr Jamling, his father being honoured with the award would mean an honour for the whole of Darjeeling.
The United Sherpa Association in Darjeeling has been demanding that the late mountaineer, who, along with Edmund Hillary, was the first to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak on May 29, 1953, be given the civilian honour. Members of the association had met chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her visits to Darjeeling and had appealed to her to press for the Bharat Ratna on Mr Sherpa. Mr Sherpa has already received the Padma Bhusan (1959) and the President’s Gold medal.
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