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List of Bharat Ratna Awardees


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A lot has been discussed on Sachin Tendulkars eligibility over Bharat Ratna Award. Let's take a look at the personalities who are honored with Bharat Ratna Award till date.



Bharat Ratna Award



Bharat Ratna Award is the highest civilian award of India. This was established by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, in the year 1954. For a brief period of 3 years from 1977 to 1980, the award was suspended.
Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna Controversy



The only controversy associated wit Bharat Ratna is related to Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose. In the year 1992, the committee has finalized Netaji's name to honor him posthumously with the highest civilian award of India. But because of the legality issue over Netaji's death, it has been revoked.


Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna?



A lot has been discussed over the God of cricket's nomination for Bharat Ratna. Some are of the opinion that he is the most deserving Indian today for this award. However, some other feels that, he is too young to be honored with this award. Though all the political parties openly support his candidature, he has not been awarded with the same.


List of Bharat Ratna Awardees



1. 1954 – C.Rajgopalchari – A prominent freedom fighter and last Governor General.
2. 1954 – C.V.Raman – A physicist.
3. 1954 – S.Radhakrishnan – The second President of India.
4. 1955 – Bhagwan Dash – Freedom Fighter.
5. 1955 – M. Visvesvarayya – Mysore Deewan.
6. 1955 – Jawahar lal Nehru – First Prime Minister of India.
7. 1957 – Govind Ballabh Pant – Freedom fighter, Chief Minister of UP.
8. 1958 – D.K.Karve – Social Activist.
9. 1961 – B.C.Roy – Chief Minister of W.B.
10. 1961 – Purushottam Das Tandon – Social Activist.
11. 1962 – Rajendra Prasad – First President of India.
12. 1963 – Zakir Hussain – Third President of India.
13. 1963 – P.V.Kane – Teacher.
14. 1966 – Lal Bahadur Shashtri – Prime Minister of India. He got the award posthumously.
15. 1971 - Indira Gandhi – Prime Minister of India.
16. 1975 – V.V.Giri – Fourth President of India.
17. 1976 – K.Kamaraj – Chief Minister of Madras. He got the award posthumously.
18. 1980 – Mother Teresa – Social Activist.
19. 1983 – Vinoba Bhave – Social Activist. He got the award posthumously.
20. 1987 – Abdul Gaffar Khan – Freedom fighter.
21. 1988 – M.G.Ramachandran – Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He got the award posthumously.
22. 1990 – B.R.Ambedkar – Creator of Indian Constitution. He got the award posthumously.
23. 1990 – Nelson Mandela – Social Activist.
24. 1991 – Rajiv Gandhi – Prime Minister of India. He got the award posthumously.
25. 1991 – Ballabh Bhai Patel – First Home Minister of India. He got the award posthumously.
26. 1991 – Morarji Desa – Prime Minister of India.
27. 1992 – Abdul Kalam Azad – Freedom Fighter. He got the award posthumously.
28. 1992 – J.R.D. Tata – Industrialist.
29. 1992 – Satyajit Ray – Film Maker.
30. 1997 – A.P.J.Abdul Kalam – President of India.
31. 1997 – Guljari Lal Nanda – Freedom fighter.
32. 1997 – Aruna Asaf Ali – Freedom fighter, got the award posthumously.
33. 1998 – M.S. Subhalaxmi – Classical singer.
34. 1998 – C. Subramanian – Freedom fighter.
35. 1999 – J.P.Narain – Politician, got the award posthumously.
36. 1999 – Ravi Shankar – Sitar player.
37. 1999 – Amartya Sen – Economist.
38. 1999 – Gopinath Bordoloi – Assam Chief Minister, got the award posthumously.
39. 2001 – Lata Mangeshkar – Playback Singer.
40. 2001 – Bisimillah Khan – Sehnai Player.
41. 2008 – Bhimsen Joshi – Classical Singer.


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