Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh and Bhupen Hazarika


Former President Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh, and musician and singer Bhupen Hazarika honoured with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award; Prime Minister Modi expresses happiness over award winners.

As per a press communique issued by President of India’s office, Nanaji Deshmukh and  Bhupen Hazarika will be awarded with the honour posthumously.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Nanaji Deshmukh’s stellar contribution towards rural development showed the way for a new paradigm of empowering those living in the villages. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Modi said, Nanaji Deshmukh personifies humility, compassion and service to the downtrodden and he is a Bharat Ratna in the truest sense.

The Prime Minister said the songs and music of Bhupen Hazarika are admired by people across generations and from them radiates the message of justice, harmony and brotherhood. He popularised India’s musical traditions globally.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,  former President Pranab Mukherjee is an outstanding statesman of our times and he has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation’s growth trajectory.  The Prime Minister said Pranab Mukherjee’s wisdom and intellect have few parallels.

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