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List of Bharat Ratna Award Recipients


English: The Bharat Rathna Medal given to

The Bharat Rathna Medal given to (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian award of India, was instituted in the year 1954.

Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these awards.

It is awarded for exceptional service towards advancement of Art, Literature and Science, and in recognition of public service of the highest order.

The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister himself to the President. No formal recommendations for this are necessary.

The number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year.

Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave

Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On conferment of the award, the recipient receives a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion.

The award does not carry any monetary grant.

In terms of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, the award cannot be used as a prefix or suffix to the recipient’s name. However, should an award winner consider it necessary, he/she may use the following expression in their bio-data/letterhead/visiting card etc. to indicate that he/she is a recipient of the award: –

‘Awarded Bharat Ratna by the President’
‘Recipient of Bharat Ratna award’

List of Bharat Ratna Awardees

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Cropped version of File:Gandhi and Abdul Ghaffar Khan during prayer.jpg. Plus, I increased the brightness and contrast a bit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (1954)
  2. Dr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1954)
  3. Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1954)
  4. Dr. Mokshagundam Vivesvaraya (1955)
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru (1955)
  6. Dr. Bhagwan Das (1955)
  7. Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant (1957)
  8. Dr. Dhonde Keshav Karve (1958)
  9. Purushottam Das Tandon (1961)
  10. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy (1961)
  11. Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1962)
  12. Dr. Zakir Hussain (1963)
  13. Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane (1963)
  14. Lal Bahadur Shastri (1966)
  15. Mrs. Indira Gandhi (1971)
  16. Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1975)
  17. Kumaraswamy Kamraj (1976)
  18. Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) (1980)
  19. Acharya Vinoba Bhave (1983)
  20. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1987)
  21. Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (1988)
  22. Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1990)
  23. Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedakr (1990)
  24. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1991)
  25. Rajiv Gandhi (1991)
  26. Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (1991)
  27. Satyajit Ray (1992)
  28. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1992)
  29. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata (1992)
  30. Gulzari Lal Nanda (1997)
  31. Mrs. Aruna Asaf Ali (1997)
  32. Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1997)
  33. Mrs. Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (1998)
  34. Chidambaram Subramaniam (1998)
  35. Pandit Ravi Shankar (1999)
  36. Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan (1999)
  37. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (1999)
  38. Prof. Amartya Sen (1999)
  39. Ustad Bismillah Khan (2001)
  40. Kumari Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar (2001)
  41. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (2008)
  42. Prof. Chintamani Nagesha Ramachandra Rao (2013)
  43. Sachin Tendulkar (2013)
  44. Madan Mohan Malaviya (2014)
  45. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (2014)
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  1. My voting bharat ratan swamivivekanand

  2. Mahatma phule and his wife both must be awarded bharath ratna ,because mahatma phule first started schools for backward classes,sc and sts,his wife savitri bai phule started first girls school in india at the time when education for girls is taboo in our society,I strongly support for this grat couple

  3. My vote for bharat rattan is honourable swami vivekanand

  4. My vote for bharat rattan is honourable swami vivekanand,

  5. My special Vote. 4 my Honorable Lady Leader Late. INDIRA GANDHI JI….

  6. my vote all person

  7. My vote is for national hero dhyanchand

  8. My vote for bharatratna is for national hero dhyanchandnational

  9. my vote for Bharat ratna dhyanchand G

  10. My vote is Sachin tendulkar.India’s best cricketer.word’s no1Hero

  11. my vote mager dhyanchandra ko bhart ratn milna chahiye

  12. Bharat Ratna awarded major Dhyanchand ko v milna chahiye..
    He is the hero of national Sports ” Hockey”. Hockey is my national sports

  13. Bharat Ratna

  14. Ramanuj Singh Monu

    My vote for lata ji



  17. my vote goes to k.chandrashaker roa and virat kohli

  18. my vote goes to swamivivekanand ji

  19. Barath Rathna should awarded for great hero Baghath Singh

  20. Mere khyal se bharat ratn mejar dhyan chandra ko diya jaana chahiye kyo ki unho ne desh ka naam ucha kiya hai aur vah isake haqdaar hai

  21. my dream “Bharat ratna”..

  22. i respect to all of them..but my dream “Bharat ratna”..and their is not any boundation for dreams..

  23. My vote for Bharat Rattan honoruble Swami Vivekanand

  24. Majar Dyanchand ji ko bhi milna chahiye bharat rattan

  25. India ka ser

    sarunee purab pati
    kerakat junpur (UP)

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