Ignoring LK Advani’s demand for Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the RSS has suggested that Bhagat Singh or the Indian soldier deserved the country's highest civilian honour.
An editorial in RSS weekly mouthpiece Panchajanya said “if one listens to one's heart, the two names that come up instantly to the mind are Shaheed Bhagat Singh and the Indian soldier.”
The Panchajanya editoral did not even mention Vajpayee's name.
The RSS journal said it was ironic that Indian politicians decide on Bharat Ratnas and political parties generally do not see beyond their own contours.
“It is because of this that hardly someone has ever found anyone outside his party eligible for the Bharat Ratna. It seems that our national viewpoint has been limited only to me and mine.”
It rejected the demand for giving Bharat Ratna to Tata or Tendulkar.