businessman and chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata has been trending on
Twitter as a bunch of Twitteratis are running a campaign for him with the
hashtag #BharatRatnaForRatanTata. They are demanding the Centre to
confer Tata with the Bharat Ratna, country’s highest civilian
award since Friday.

However, the trend was
initiated by motivational speaker Dr Vivek Bindra, who urged
on Twitter to confer the businessman with this honour.

He wrote, “Ratan Tata
believes today’s generation of entrepreneurs can take India to next level. We
confer the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna for Ratan Tata. Join
us in our campaign #BharatRatnaForRatanTata.”

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Batra was supported by several social media users.
While one user commented, “The most
generous and simple personality of the world Tata set a perfect example of
generosity and leadership during the 26/11 attacks. For us, Tata sir contributed
a lot now it’s our turn”.  Another user wrote, “Sir Ratan Tata with Highest
Values and true love for nation he deserve the country’s highest civilian
award Bharat Ratna for Ratan Tata.

Although in response to this ongoing
campaign, Tata replied very generously. He took to his Twitter and said that he
want this campaign to end as he is happy to contribute to
India’s growth.

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The 83-year-old released a statement on
Saturday, which read, “While I appreciate the sentiments expressed by a section
of the social media in terms of an award, I would humbly like to request that
such campaigns be discontinued.”

“Instead, I consider myself fortunate to be
an Indian and to try and contribute to India’s growth and prosperity”, he

The businessman, a Harvard Business School
graduate, is the successor of the Tata empire who took Tata Industries to the apex
of success.