The Controversy over Bharat Ratna to Amartya Sen has been doing rounds of Media and Political circles during past few days, but very few know that it is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who is the sole victim of Withdrawl of Bharat Ratna in the history of India.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1992. The award was later withdrawn in response to a Supreme Court of India directive following a Public Interest Litigation filed in the Court against the posthumous nature of the award. The Award Committee could not give conclusive evidence of Bose’s death and thus it invalidated the posthumous award.
Bharat Ratna is the Republic of India’s highest civilian award, for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour.
Till date 41 Persons have been conferred Bharat Ratna award, inlcluding Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan and Nelson Mandela, the two non-citizens of India.
It is also an established fact that more than Half of the Bharat Ratna Awards have been given away to Politicians who have been in Power for Last 60 years.