New Delhi: The Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday announced that late Nanaji Deshmukh, late Bhupen Hazarika, former president of India Pranab Mukherjee will conferred with Bharat Ratna.
Pranab Mukherjee is the fourth Bengali to get Bharat Ratna after Bidhan Chandra Roy, Satyajit Ray and Economist Amartya Sen.
According to a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, renowned Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika and acclaimed social activist Nanaji Deshmukh will also be awarded with the Bharat Ratna, posthumously.
Instituted in the year 1954, Bharat Ratna is India’s most prestigious, highest pedestal-holding civilian award. It ranks seventh in the order of precedence. The Bharat Ratna Award is presented “in recognition of exceptional service/ performance of the highest order”
Before 2011, Bharat Ratna was only given for contribution in the fields of “science, arts, literature and public services”. However, “any field of human endeavor” was also included in December 2011.
While the Bharat Ratna award is presented by the President of India, the recommendations are made by the Prime Minister. A maximum of 3 Bharat Ratnas can be awarded in a year. Beginning in 1954, several esteemed people have made it to the list of Bharat Ratna award winners. Here we present to you a complete list of the Bharat Ratna Award Winners.