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Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna

The Bharat Ratna or The Jewel of India is the highest civilian award in India. It was first given in 1954. Bharat Ratna is given for exceptional service/performance of the highest order.

Following is a list of Bharat Ratna Awardees with birth-death and year awarded.

List of Bharat Ratna Awardees

Year Awarded Name of Awardee Birth – Death Notes State/Country
1954 Chakravarti Rajgopalachari 1878–1972 Last Governor-General; Independence Activist Tamil Nadu
1954 C. V. Raman 1888–1970 Physicist Tamil Nadu
1954 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1888–1975 Second President of India; Philosopher Andhra Pradesh
1955 Bhagwan Das 1869–1958 Author; Independence Activist Uttar Pradesh
1955 Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 1861–1962 Diwan Of Mysore; Civil Engineer Karnataka
1955 Jawaharlal Nehru 1889–1964 Author; First Prime Minister; Independence Activist Uttar Pradesh
1957 Govind Ballabh Pant 1887–1961 Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh; Home Minister; Independence Activist Uttar Pradesh
1958 Dhondo Keshav Karve 1858–1962 Social Reformer; Educator Maharashtra
1961 Bidhan Chandra Roy 1882–1962 Chief Minister Of West Bengal; Physician West Bengal
1961 Purushottam Das Tandon 1882–1962 Educator; Independence Activist Uttar Pradesh
1962 Rajendra Prasad 1884-1963 Jurist; First President; Independence Activist Bihar
1963 Zakir Hussain 1897–1969 Third President; Scholar Andhra Pradesh
1963 Pandurang Vaman Kane 1880–1972 Sanskrit Scholar; Ideologist Maharashtra
1966 Lal Bahadur Shastri (Posthumous) 1904–1966 Independence Activist; Second Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh
1971 Indira Gandhi 1917–1984 Third Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh
1975 V. V. Giri 1894–1980 Trade Unionist And Fourth President Orissa
1976 K. Kamaraj (Posthumous) 1903–1975 Independence Activist; Chief Minister Of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
1980 Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu 1910–1997 Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity; Catholic Nun West Bengal / Albania
1983 Vinoba Bhave (Posthumous) 1895–1982 Social Reformer; Independence Activist Maharashtra
1987 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1890–1988 Pashtun Independence Activist; Frontier Gandhi; First Non-Citizen Bharat Ratna Recipient Pakistan
1988 M. G. Ramachandran (Posthumous) 1917–1987 Film Actor; Chief Minister Of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
1990 B. R. Ambedkar (Posthumous) 1891–1956 Economist; Politician; Scholar Madhya Pradesh
1990 Nelson Mandela 1918–2013 Leader Of The Anti-Apartheid Movement; Second Non-Citizen And First Non-Indian Recipient South Africa
1991 Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous) 1944–1991 Sixth Prime Minister of India New Delhi
1991 Vallabhbhai Patel 1875–1950 First Home Minister of India Maharashtra
1991 Morarji Desai 1896–1995 Fourth Prime Minister of India; Independence Activist New Delhi
1992 Abul Kalam Azad (Posthumous) 1888–1958 Independence Activist; First Minister Of Education Saudi Arabia
1992 J. R. D. Tata 1904–1993 Industrialist And Philanthropist France
1992 Satyajit Ray 1922–1992 Bengali Filmmaker West Bengal
1997 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 1931–2015 11Th President Of India; Aeronautical Engineer Tamil Nadu
1997 Gulzarilal Nanda 1898–1998 Interim Prime Minister; Independence Activist New Delhi
1997 Aruna Asaf Ali (Posthumous) 1908–1996 Independence Activist Punjab
1998 M. S. Subbulakshmi 1916–2004 Carnatic Classical Singer Tamil Nadu
1998 Chidambaram Subramaniam 1910–2000 Minister Of Agriculture; Independence Activist Tamil Nadu
1999 Jayaprakash Narayan (Posthumous) 1902–1979 Independence Activist And Politician Bihar
1999 Pandit Ravi Shankar 1920-2012 Sitar Player Uttar Pradesh
1999 Amartya Sen 1933–Present Nobel Laureate ; Economist West Bengal
1999 Gopinath Bordoloi (Posthumous) 1890–1950 Independence Activist ; Chief Minister Of Assam Assam
2001 Lata Mangeshkar 1929–Present Playback Singer Madhya Pradesh
2001 Ustad Bismillah Khan 1916–2006 Shehnai Player Uttar Pradesh
2009 Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi 1922–2011 Classical Singer Karnataka
2014 Sachin Tendulkar 1973–Present Cricketer Maharashtra
2014 Dr C N R Rao 1934–Present Renowned Chemist Karnataka
2015 Madan Mohan Malaviya 1861–1946 Educationist and Politician Uttar Pradesh
2015 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 1924–Present Former Prime Minister of India Madhya Pradesh

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