CNR Rao is still young when it comes to science, says his wife
Bangalore: CNR Rao is still young when it comes to science, says his wife Indumathi who described as "unexpected" and "beautiful" the Bharat Ratna honour being bestowed upon the eminent scientist.
"Oh! My god he (CNR Rao) is the youngest when it comes to Science- his students are older than him," Indumathi Rao, who is a science educationist, told PTI in Bangalore.
".....you see the thing is to keep your mind active and sharp, only then you can stay young and that is what he does," she said.
Noting that he is always active and keeps thinking or experimenting with new things and generally keeps himself busy, Indumati said, "I don't have to manage him much; we are great friends, that's how I manage him."
Sharing her joy on Professor Rao getting Bharat Ratna, she said, "This is most unexpected and beautiful honour, he has got many many awards and honours from abroad but when your country recognises you and gives its highest award- it is very, very prestigious."
Government had yesterday announced Bharat Ratna being bestowed upon Professor Rao along and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.
To a question whether this award was long awaited one as expressed by peers and colleagues, Indumathi said, "Well you know I can't say that.... Long awaited or not long awaited, when it has to come, it comes."
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who visited CNR Rao to congratulate him for the award, said "Government of India has taken a decision to award highest civilian award on Prof CNR Rao. He is from Karnataka and a Kannadiga. All Kannadiga's and 6 crore people of Karnataka feel honoured."
"If CNR Rao is honoured, whole of Karnataka is honoured- we are all proud of him," he said, adding, "We feel encouraged by this award and state government will take all necessary steps to improve the standard of science."