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The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted on 2 January 1954, the award is conferred in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex. The award was originally limited to achievements in the arts, literature, science, and public services, but the government expanded the criteria to include "any field of human endeavour" in December 2011. The recommendations for the Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister to the President, with a maximum of three nominees being awarded per year. The recipients receive a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a peepal leaf-shaped medallion. There is no monetary grant associated with the award. Bharat Ratna recipients rank seventh in the Indian order of precedence.
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Lok Sabha Speaker pays tribute to Pranab Mukherjee on his birth anniversary"I pay my tribute to former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee who was honoured with Bharat Ratna on his birth anniversary. Mukherjee ji's life will always be exemplary for all of us for the work he had..
PM Narendra Modi lauds Supriyo's musical tribute to former president Pranab MukherjeeSupriyo, an MP from West Bengal, had said, "My Humble Tribute to beloved Ex-President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee. Tagore's "Dhaye Jeno Mor Shokol Bhalo Basha". Thanks to the affection & most..
Bharat Ratna for PV Narasimha Rao: Telangana Assembly passes resolution demanding top honour for former PMTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, while moving the resolution, also urged the Centre to install Narasimha Rao's statue and portrait in Parliament.
Pranab Mukherjee was close friend of Sri Lanka: Mahinda RajapaksaRajapaksa visited the India House here and wrote about Mukherjee in the condolence book. In a tweet, the High Commission of India in Colombo thanked Rajapaksa for being the first to offer his..
Irreparable loss for the country: Shah on Pranab Mukherjee's demiseExpressing condolences over the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that it is an irreparable loss for the country. "It is shocking that Bharat..
KCR-led TRS govt to demand 'Bharat Ratna' for former PM PV Narasimha Rao"We will discuss the greatness of PV and his achievements in the Assembly. We have decided to have a comprehensive debate on PV. We will pass a resolution urging conferring of Bharat Ratna on PV," KCR..
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'For development, peace is essential': 9 most striking quotes by Atal Bihari VajpayeeAs today marks the second death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to him for his outstanding service and efforts towards the country...
May God do whatever is best for him: Pranab Mukherjee's daughterSharmistha Mukherjee, who is a Congress leader, said her father has fallen critically ill just a year after he received the 'Bharat Ratna' - the country's highest civilian award. The condition of..
Will urge PM Modi to honour late PV Narasimha Rao with Bharat Ratna: Telangana CMTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said that he will lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will urge him to honour late former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao with..
Congress never gave Ambedkar respect, Modi governmet fulfilled his vision: BJP president J P Nadda"It is unfortunate that during the lifetime of Babasaheb when the Congress was in power, it never gave him the respect due to him. What is also unfortunate that he was given the Bharat Ratna four..
Congress-Sena divide widens over SavarkarDifferences between Maharashtra allies Congress and Shiv Sena have sharpened over the past few weeks with a constant exchange of barbs between Sena MP Sanjay Raut and senior Congress functionaries over..
Is Raut's Savarkar comment Sena's official stand? Ashok ChavanMaharashtra PWD minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan on Saturday sought to know whether Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's statement that those opposing the Bharat Ratna for V D Savarkar must spend..
Sanjay Raut: Those opposing Bharat Ratna for Savarkar should stay in jail for at least 2 days"Those who oppose Veer Savarkar, they may be from any ideology or party, let them stay for just two days at the cell in Andaman cellular jail where Savarkar was lodged. Only then will they realize his..
Bharat Ratna for Bapu? He is beyond that, says SC, junks PILA bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant said: "What is Bharat Ratna for Mahatma Gandhi? People hold him in much higher esteem than Bharat Ratna. We agree with you he..
'Beyond any formal recognition': SC dismisses petition seeking Bharat Ratna for Mahatma GandhiThe plea directed the Supreme Court to issue an order to the Union of India for conferring the country's highest award to Mahatma Gandhi.
SC declines PIL seeking Bharat Ratna for Mahatma Gandhi; says he is beyond formal recognition"Mahatma Gandhi is the father of nation and people hold him in high esteem, beyond any formal recognition," the bench said. The issue of directing the government to award Bharat Ratna to the father of..
Savarkar, Mookerjee to be awarded Bharat Ratna: Hindu MahasabhaThe Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has urged the PM to give Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Swami Chakrapani on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same...
After Rahul Gandhi's jibe on Veer Savarkar, Mayawati asks Congress to clear stand on alliance with Shiv SenaThe Shiv Sena has also urged the central government to confer Bharat Ratna to Savarkar.
Shiv Sena member seeks Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, Birsa MundaA Shiv Sena member in Lok Sabha on Thursday demanded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the Union government, for Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar and tribal icon Birsa Munda...
No formal recommendation needed to confer Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar: Centre tells Lok SabhaIn the run-up to the Maharashtra elections, BJP had mentioned in its manifesto that the party would bestow the Bharat Ratna upon Veer Savarkar
No formal recommendation necessary: MHA on Bharat Ratna to SavarkarAmidst ongoing demand for conferring Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar, the ministry of home affairs on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that recommendations for this award is received regularly but no..
There will be Shiv Sena CM in Maharashtra, no matter what: Sanjay RautHe also lashed out at the BJP for not conferring the Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar in the past five years when the party was in power.
Wonder which powers delayed Bharat Ratna for Patel: PrasadContending that Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's contributions have been undervalued for long, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday questioned the "delay" in conferring Bharat Ratna on the first..
Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev should be conferred with Bharat Ratna: Manish Tewari writes to PM ModiSenior Congress leader Manish Tewari writes to PM Modi, urges Bharat Ratna to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
Don’t agree with his ideology, but Savarkar was a nationalist: Abhishek SinghviCongress leader Abhishek Singhvi on Monday praised Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Singhvi’s comments, though they came with the rider that he did not subscribe to Savarkar’s ideology,..
Congress decries BJP's plan to bestow Bharat Ratna on SavarkarThe Congress in Karnataka on Sunday deplored the BJP's proposal to confer Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar. The Congress said the saffron party's agenda was to score gains in Maharashtra assembly..
Pralhad Joshi slams Siddaramaiah for comments against SavarkarUnion parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday hit out at former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah for his comments against Veer Savarkar and said, if the Congress leader was in..
Savarkar a murderer, says SiddaramaiahCalling Veer Savarkar a murderer, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed the BJP on Friday for its plan to bestow Bharat Ratna to him posthumously. He said Savarkar was one of the accused..
If you want to give Bharat Ratna, then give it to Sukhdev, Rajguru, Bhagat Singh: Owaisi"If you really want to give Bharat Ratna then give to freedom fighters like Sukhdev, Rajguru and Bhagat Singh," said AIMIM prez Asaduddin Owaisi at Aurangabad. Opposing BJP's proposal of Bharat Ratna..
Congress wants to collect Bharat Ratna only for its family: Ravi Shankar PrasadThe BJP has proposed the name of Veer Savarkar for Bharat Ratna in its manifesto for the coming Maharashtra Assembly elections."Why is Congress party perturbed if the BJP in its manifesto has requested..
BJP Maharashtra manifesto vows Bharat Ratna for SavarkarBJP released its manifesto for the Maharashtra assembly elections on Tuesday, promising to propose the names of Veer Savarkar, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule and Annabhau Sathe for the Bharat..
'God save this country': Cong on BJP's demand of Bharat Ratna for SavarkarHitting out at the BJP after its Maharashtra unit mooted Bharat Ratna award for Hindutva idealogue V D Savarkar, the Congress on Tuesday said that if the government considers it on the 150th birth..
Maharashtra polls: BJP promises 5 crore jobs in 5 years, demands Bharat Ratna for SavarkarBJP working president J P Nadda released the manifesto, or the 'Sankalpapatra', in Mumbai along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, state party president Chandrakant Patil and Mumbai..
From Bharat Ratna for Phule, Savarkar to 1 crore jobs in 5 years - here's every promise in BJP's Maharashtra manifestoBJP is contesting Maharashtra Assembly polls in alliance with Shiv Sena and RPI while Congress is in alliance with Sharad Pawar-led-NCP.
Lahore-based organisation writes to PM Modi, asks him to accord Bharat Ratna to Bhagat Singh
Be careful while sharing social media posts: Pranab Mukherjee"Several social and communal tensions have traced their roots to rumours shared over social media by mischievous persons. Even people who innocently share such posts become party to the mischief," the..
Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee fitting recognition for his service to nation: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Bharat Ratna conferred on former president Pranab Mukherjee is a fitting recognition for his service to the nation.
It was an honour to witness you receiving Bharat Ratna: PM Modi to Pranab MukherjeePrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he felt honoured to have witnessed former president Pranab Mukherjee receiving India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna at a grand ceremony held in..
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Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika conferred Bharat RatnaFormer president Pranab Mukherjee, late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, on Thursday...
Pranab Mukherjee receives Bharat Ratna from President KovindMukherjee's political career spanned over five decades during which he held key posts in the Congress as well as in various governments.
Pranab Mukherjee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on August 8He will be given this award by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Congress never praised Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we gave Bharat Ratna to Pranab Mukherjee: PM Modi in Lok SabhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi's reply on the motion of thanks for President's address.