GANGTOK: Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling, Raju Bista, on Tuesday urged the Centre to grant Bharat Ratna to the legendry mountaineer Tenzing Norgay who was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.
Bista said, “Their most unique feat was and still is celebrated across the world. I reminded the Parliament how despite coming from the humblest of backgrounds Tenzing Norgay Sherpa overcame exceptional circumstances and hardships to become an Icon for the entire world.”
In recognition of Norgay’s extraordinaire feat, he was awarded with George Medal in 1953 itself, Special Olympic Medal, Iran Shah Medal, Nepal Tara, USSR Special Medal, French Sports Special Medal and numerous other medals.
He was also recognized as one of the 10 Best Athletes of the world by Life Magazine in 2000. He was also declared as one of the most influential people of the world by Time Magazine in 1999. NASA has honoured him with naming one of Pluto’s mountains as “Tenzing Montes”
“Our nation has honoured him with Padma Bhusan and named the Highest Adventure Sports Award after him. However, his legacy remains incomplete today. Despite being most deserving of the highest honour our nation can bestow on anyone – Bharat Ratna, I feel that he has not been awarded the honour,” Bista added.
The MP said that on behalf of the people from Darjeeling hills, Terai and Dooars where he lived and adventure lovers from across our nation and the world, he has requested the government to recognize the super-human efforts of Late. Tenzing Norgay.
To honour him and his legacy by bestowing upon him Bharat Ratna award, Bista said.