Speaking to a tabloid, Lata Mangeshkar expressed her love for Sachin Tendulkar. But she agrees that the cricketer does not need any award to prove himself. She further adds that the government of India should take a call on it. "I don't think Sachin needs any honour to prove himself. Let the government decide when it wants to award him. Why this clamour? It makes the whole thing look political", The Mid-Day quoted the singer as saying.
It may be recalled that people from various quarters have opined that Sachin Tendulkar should be honoured with the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to cricket. In fact, the Prime Minister's Office has also recommended his name for the award. But the age factor has temporarily barred him.