A strong demand was made in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday for conferring the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for his unparalleled feat in the game.
"We all agree, a person who defended the honour of the country is to be honoured. Sachin has been continuously doing so," Ranjitsinh Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil (NCP) said in his Special Mention.
Urging the government to bestow Bharat Ratna on Sachin, he said such an honour would inspire the youth of the nation.
He said ever since his debut at the age of 16 at Karachi, Sachin has played with exemplary skill without disappointing anyone.
Sachin recently scored a double century in one-day international against South Africa, becoming the only player in the world to achieve the feat.
In a separate mention, Kalraj Mishra (BJP) demanded measures for restricting multinational companies from making India a centre of drug trials.
Syed Azeez Pasha (CPI) said MNCs should not be allowed to monopolies the seed industry in the country and foreign direct investment should be capped at 49 per cent.
Santosh Bagrodia (Cong) accused Railway authorities of adopting indifferent attitude towards passengers stranded because of train delays due to fog in winter, particularly in the Northern region.