Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar turn down Padma Awards

Yoga guru Ramdev and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have turned down the Padma awards reportedly being considered for them by the central government on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, guru Ramdev said reports say that the government is considering his name for a Padma Vibushan, the second highest civilian award, but he felt that as an 'ascetic', he should refrain from accepting rewards or honours, and instead requested the minister to select another deserving person for the Award. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted his decision saying he received a call from Rajnath Singhji informing him about the Padma Awards, and he thanked the government for considering him and asked that instead, he would prefer them to honour someone else. The Art of Living of which Ravi Shankar is the founder also issued a similar statement in which he was quoted as saying there are many other deserving people and he would like them to honour someone else.