There was a recent Bharat Ratna controversy when a TV channel revealed that the award which had been recommended for hockey legend Dhyan Chand went to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar instead.
That wasn't the first controversy involving Sachin's getting it. When Sachin and scientist CNR Rao got the Bharat Ratna recently, many people went to court challenging both of them getting the awards on various grounds.
Luckily the courts struck down the objections, but it hasn't been the first time that India's top honour has come under the scanner.
Here are some things you should know when it comes to the Bharat Ratna…
1. Some of our leaders have given it to themselves…
Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister from 1947-64 and he got it in 1955. While someone may have recommended it and someone else okayed it, the truth remains that it is the Prime Minister who decides who should get the Bharat Ratna.
So you could easily say that he gave it to himself! His daughter Indira Gandhi followed his example and gave it to herself in 1971.
While the PM recommends it to the President, there is another interesting thing. Rajendra Prasad was President of India from 1952-62 and he got it in 1962. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan also got it when he was a sitting Vice President.
In Picture: Sachin Tendulkar smiles after receiving the Bharat Ratna award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on February 4, 2014.