CV Raman on Independence Day, 1954. pic.twitter.com/h75cKcasDd
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Raman was so enraged by the government’s science policies, that sometime in the 1960s, apparently, he took a hammer and smashed his Bharat Ratna to pieces. Raman was surprised to find slivers of platinum fall out. The scientist promptly used them in his experiments. Thus proving that national honours aren’t entirely without utility.