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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 list for next bharat ratna
    1.major DHYAN CHAND
    4. MOHM. RAFI

    1. I think next bharat ratna award goes to sachintendulkar.

    2. According to me, The BHART RATAN will awarded condidats in 2012 , include ANNA HAZARE

      He is a great persion and try to do best for india?

    3. Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao

    4. the best list

  2. thanks for the info…..i feel dhyanchand deserves bharat ratna………

  3. Dhyan Chand Singh was an Indian Hockey player, and considered to be the all time greatest player the game of Hockey has ever seen the world over………….so my honest vote for BHARAT RATNA goes to Dhyan chand…..JAI HIND

  4. Anna Hazare is really deserved for this prestigeous award

  5. Pankaj kumar nirala

    You must give this valuable award to our great heros Bhagat singh,Chandrashekhar azad and Shubhash chandra bose

    1. Ya u r saying right…this award must be given to those real heroes like bhagat singh, khudiram bose,chandra shekhar azad,rajguru etc

  6. sachin, he is a ideal person in the world.. he is a god of the INDIAN cricket…….. he is currect person for BHARATRATNA

  7. bharat ratna is n’t just like a simple award.it shoud be give to them those deserve it.my vote for chandra shekhar ajaad,sachin tendulkar.

  8. abey 2008 ke baad tu so gya kya ?

  9. I think “SACHIN TENDULKAR SIR” is fit and perfect person to be awarded with “BHARAT RATNA”

    1. Viswanathan Anand is the right person to get Bharat ratna compared to others like sachin
      Viswanathan Anand > Sachin.

      He won 106 international medals. 6 times chess oscar winner. 3 times world champion and current champion also.So

      He is fit more than sachin and others.

  10. I think Dr. Bhimrav ambedkar deserving this prize

    1. Check No. 19
      It is awarded to him in the year 1990.

  11. Jagjit Singhji should be awarded the Bharat Ratna for his work and contribution to Indian & Urdu poetry. Moreover, he has supported innumerable NGOs for the betterment of the society all through his career.

  12. sachin is suitable person for this award

  13. sachin is suitable person awarad must be goes to him

  14. most undeserve politician to get bharat ratna Rajiv gandhi.

  15. Amitabh Bachchan never deserve Bharat Ratna i think major Dhyan Chand or actor Dilip Kumar better choice for bharat ratna.

    1. agar apko bharat ratna ka samman karna hai to amitabh bachchan ko yeh samman nahi dena chahiya kisi bhi mayne mai amitabh bachchan is is samman ke layak hai hi nahi.

      1. radhe shyam ji i want to thanks you becoz u hv disclosed the fact. indeed amitabh does not deserve Bharat Ratna by any means.

      2. Bharat Ratna is a great award and it should be awarded the person deserve it actually. I mean sachin should be awarded not amitabh.

    2. amitabh does not deserve it.

  16. no amitabh never deserve BHARAT RATNA

  17. amitabh why????????
    still Raj kapoor, kishore kumar,Dilip kr,etc could not get Bharat Ratna. then how can u say amitabh deserve it. amitabh is nothing if medha and some fan follower does not support.

  18. I think, A.P.J ABDUL KALAM is desorved for bharat ratna 2011

    1. He has received it in the year 1997.
      10. Shri (Dr.) Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1997)

      A.P.J. = Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen

  19. bharat ratra us insaan ko diya jata hai .jo sab kuch bhul kar aur sab kuch apna tyag kar ,bharat desh k logo ki sewa me apna jeevan arpan karta hai,

    Nahi wo logo ko dena chaiye jo apne jeb bharkar khud ko mahan batate ho ,
    (Abitabh bachan,sharukh khan ,lata mangeshkar , , in jaise logo ko bharat ratna dekar sarkar ne badi bhul ki hai . . Aur mahan log jaise dr. Bhimrao ambedkar jaise mahan hasti ko in k barabar laya gaya. .)

    1. anurag sahab U r absultely right. really Bharat Ratna should be given those who have sacrificed themself for nation.
      In this case amitabh does not fit at all.

    2. Apaka kahana bilkul barabar hai, Bharat ke her yuva ki soch asi hi honi chahiye

  20. My choice is the 1st indian lady president “mam prathiba d patil

    1. Please see the allegation against her, she is first corrupt President of India.

  21. Who will get now this award ?

  22. anurag vijayvargiya

    Next bharat ratna
    dhyan chand singh
    . . . .

  23. Kamarajar had also got the award

  24. B.r. Amedkar

  25. “INDIA” i$ god father of world, so in my opinion bharat ratne award will be goes to Mr. Dhiru bhai ambani. & he is such a legent person & it’s diserved also. every Indian know him & his hardwork. this line specialy fit on him ‘FERSH SE ARSH TAK’

  26. My openion is to give bharatha rathna awarad for sachin..He rules the world cricket nw and for ever…And make india proud all through the world..

  27. Can sum1 tell me the recipients of Bharat Ratna after the year 2000????

  28. am surprised why not to the creator of national flag? why not to sardar patel, why not to shri APJ ABDUL KALAM , why nt to shri atal bihari vajpai…

  29. Real hero sachin ko doo.nahi tho army genral jj.singh doo.its my and my friends opion.

  30. I would say Subhash chandra bose, Bhagat singh, Bal gangadhar tilak, Dhyanchand , Atal bihari bajpai, Chandra sekhar azad these are the most deserving person to get our biggest civilian award Bhart Ratna.

  31. Dhyan Chand should be given Bharta Ratna award.

  32. bharat ratna is a great award. i think it should given to the following numberwise:

    1. Dhyan Chand
    2. Subhaschandra Bose
    3. Sachin Tendulkar
    4. Raj kapoor
    5. Amitabh Bachchan

  33. I think Bharat Ratna Award shoud be given to Md Rafi & sachin tendulkar

  34. i think shri atal bihari vajpaye is best nomination for bharat ratna

  35. dhyan chand and sachin tendulkar should receive bharat ratna

    1. Dr.Abdul kalam is the best person for Bharat Ratna in present condition .

  36. I can Want Next Winner Of Bharat Ratna The Hero 2012 Friend For Yamini (Delhi geng Rape)

  37. I think sachn tendulkar desurb for bharat ratna

  38. Sachin Tendulkar is the best desurb person for the Bharat Ratna.

  39. mere vichar se bharth ratna award to “sachin” ko milna chahiye. aur rahi bath shahid bhagat singh. chandrashekhar azaad subhash chandra bhose ki to unhe ham log kaya bharth ratna denge ??? . uhnlogo ne to hame Bharat diya hai……..

  40. aur mai ye nahi jan pa raha hoon ke rajive Gandhi. indira Gandhi, aur neharuji ko ye award kyu mila.???? aur vajpeyee ji ko kyo nahi ????


  41. i thing atal bhihari wajpaye he had the great prime minister of india .he is the autharise for next bharat ratna award.

    1. i think nest bharat rattan Atal bihari wajapaye

  42. I think next”BHARAT RATNA”award goes to Sachintendulkar

  43. Ustad bismila kha 2001 receipt bhart ratna

  44. vishwaraj hampagol

    next bharat ratna award goes to narendra modi

  45. I think Sachin and Atal ji deserve Bharat Ratna

  46. I think major dhayan chand deserve for BHARAT RATNA

  47. I think narendra modiji should be awarded next with bharat ratna..

  48. I think bharat ratan will goes to Milkha singh and Dhany chand

  49. Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and Matoshri Savitribai Phule is next Bharat Ratna

  50. i dnt no who get next,bt let dey gve to a best person………………..

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