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List Of Bharat Ratna Winners In India

Bharat Ratna is the high level award and the one who receives it is the achievement leader in India.

Significance: Bharat Ratna is the highest level of award given to Indian citizens. This award tells about the “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order” which is actually the meaning of award.

About: It was started in the year 1954. This award is given without any discrimination of race, caste, creed, color etc. Earlier this award was given only on the fields- arts, literature, science and public services but in the year 2011, the criteria have been expanded to every field that is related to humans.

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Bharat Ratna Awardee is nominated by Prime Minister or President and there are 3 nominations every year.

Award Constitutes: The Sanad (certificate) signed by the President along with peepal-leaf–shaped medallion is given to the person who received Bharat ratna.

Below is the table which lists people who have received Bharat Ratna from the year 1954- 2015.

* Posthumous- Award after the Death

Serial Number Name Awarded Year About him/her Birth/Death
1 Shri Chakravarti Rajagopalachari 1954 Last Governor – General, Independence activist 1878 –1972
2 Dr. Sarvapali Radhakrishnan 1954 India’s 1st Vice President (1952 – 1962), Philosopher and India’s 2nd President (1962 – 1967) 1888 –1975
3 Dr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman 1954 Physicist 1888 – 197
4 Dr. Bhagwan Das 1955 Author, Independence activist, Kashi Vidya Peeth Founder 1869 –1958
5 Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya 1955 Diwan of Mysore, Civil engineer 1861 –1962
6 Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru 1955 Author, Independence activist, 1st Prime Minister 1889 –1964
7 Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant 1957 Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Independence activist, Home Minister 1887 –1961
8 Dr. Dhondo Keshave Karve 1958 Educator, social reformer 1858 –1962
9 Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy 1961 Chief Minister of West Bengal and a Physician 1882 –1962
10 Shri Purushottam Das Tandon 1961 Educator, Independence activist 1882 –1962
11 Dr. Rajendra Prasad 1962 Jurist, Independence activist, 1st President of India 1884 –1963
12 Dr. Zakir Hussain 1963 Scholar, Independence activist, 3rd President of India 1897 –1969
13 Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane 1963 Sanskrit scholar and Indologist 1880 –1972
14 Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (Posthumous) 1966 2nd Prime Minister of India, Independence activist 1904 –1966
15 Smt. Indira Gandhi 1971 3rd Prime Minister of India 1917 –1984
16 Shri Varahagiri Venkata Giri 1975 4th President, Trade unionist 1894 –1980
17 Shri Kumaraswami Kamraj (Posthumous) 1976 Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Independence activist 1903 –1975
18 Mother Teresa 1980 Founder of Missionaries of Charity and a Catholic nun 1910 –1997
19 Shri Acharya Vinobha Bhave (Posthumous) 1983 Independence activist and a Social reformer 1895 –1982
20 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1987 Independence activist, First non-citizen 1890 –1988
21 Shri Marudu Gopalan Ramachandran (Posthumous) 1988 Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Film actor 1917 –1987
22 Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar (Posthumous) 1990 Crusader against Untouchablity, Chief architect of Indian Constitution, Social Reformer, Dalit Icon, Historian, Economist, scholar, politician 1891 –1956
23 Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1990 2nd non – citizen and non – Indian recipient, Leader of Anti – Apartheid movement 1918-
24 Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous) 1991 6th Prime Minister of India 1944 –1991
25 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Posthumous) 1991 Independence activist, 1st Home Minister 1875 –1950
26 Shri Morarji Ranchhodji Desai 1991 4th Prime Minister and Independence activist 1896 –1995
27 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Posthumous) 1992 1st Minister of Education and an Independence activist 1888 –1958
28 Shri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata 1992 Philanthropist and an Industrialist 1904 –1993
29 Shri Satyajit Ray 1992 Filmmaker 1922 –1992
30 Shri Gulzarilal Nanda 1997 Interim Prime Minister, Independence activist 1898 –1998
31 Smt. Aruna Asaf Ali (Posthumous) 1997 Independence activist 1909 –1996
32 Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 1997 Aeronautical Engineer and 11th President of India 1931-
33 Smt. Madurai Sanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi 1998 Carnatic classical singer 1916 –2004
34 Shri Chidambaram Subramniam 1998 Minister of Agriculture and an Independence activist 1910 –2000
35 Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (Posthumous) 1999 Politician, Independence activist 1902 –1979
36 Professor Amartya Sen 1999 Economist 1933-
37 Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (Posthumous) 1999 Chief Minister of Assam, Independence activist 1890 –1950
38 Pandit Ravi Shankar 1999 Sitar player 1920 –2012
39 Sushri Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar 2001 Playback singer 1929-
40 Ustad Bismillah Khan 2001 Hindustani classical shehnai player 1916 –2006
41 Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi 2009 Hindustani classical singer 1922 – 2011
42 Sachin Tendulkar 2014 Indian Cricketer, First Sportsman and Youngest Indian who got Bharat Ratna 1973-
43 Prof. C.N.R Rao 2014 Indian Scientist 1934-
44 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 2015 Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman who was the Eleventh Prime Minister of India from BJP 1924-
45 Madan Mohan Malviya 2015 The freedom icon and Educationist popularly known as ‘Mahamana”. 1861 –1946

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