Ramdev declines Padma award
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Yoga guru Ramdev Saturday declined the Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian award – saying that while he was grateful for being chosen for the honour it should be given to someone else and not a “sanyasi”.
Ramdev, in a letter to union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, said he was grateful that the central government thought of his name, which he got to know from media reports, but the honour could be given to some other great person.
“I am a ‘sanyasi’ and want to serve the country without expecting anything,” he said, adding that a recluse must remain the same while he is honoured or disrespected.
“I urge you to give this honour to somebody doing something great. I would be grateful to you,” he said.