Malaviya, Vajpayee Chosen For Bharat Ratna
Late patriot Madan Mohan Malaviya and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were chosen for the country’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna. The announcement was made from Rashtrapati Bhavan prior to the birthday of Vajpayee on 25th December and 153rd birthday of Madan Mohan Malaviya.
In 2013, the UPA government announced Bharat Ratna for cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and the scientist CNR Rao and BJP criticized the decision and not considering Vajpayee. “The President has been pleased to award Bharat Ratna posthumously to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” said the one-line statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley described Vajpayee as the most outstanding Prime Minister and the best leader the country has seen after the independence. He also said that Vajpayee believed in bringing the country forward using the consensus and he is the greatest communicator India has ever seen.
“He is an Anmol Ratna. He is one of the rare leaders who is not only recognised in India, but even outside the country… We have decided to celebrate his birthday as ‘Good Governance Day’ and all parliamentarians and ministers have been asked to go to their constituencies and organise cultural programmes. The Bharat Ratna has come at the appropriate time,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Rajnath Singh described Malaviya as a great educationist and freedom fighter and said that Bharat Ratna will be recognition for his tremendous contribution. Malaviya was the President of Indian National Congress and also the starting member of the Hindu Mahasabha. He was the force behind setting up the Banaras Hindu University. He served congress for more than 50 years and was the congress president for four times.
Malviya was a social reformer and a successful parliamentarian; he became one of the torchbearers of the freedom fight and acted as a connecting link between the Moderates and the Extremists`
When Mahatma Gandhi launched the Salt Satyagraha and the Civil Disobedience Movement, in 1930, Malaviya participated in it and courted arrest. Malaviya’s grandson, Giridhar Malaviya, a former judge, was one who suggested the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a candidate for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat for the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.
Prime Minister said that “Atal ji means so much to everyone, a guide, inspiration & giant among giants. His contribution to India is invaluable”
According to PM Modi, “Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya is remembered as a phenomenal scholar & freedom fighter who lit the spark of national consciousness among people”.