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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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Updated: July 15, 2018 — 4:29 am

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  1. i thnk ya Sachin and Mr.Amitabh do deserve it..bt i thnk there are sm ppl how evn deserve bharat ratna..ppl who r doing social service.., or many of d soliders..


  3. I thought sachin tendulkar deserve bharat ratna. all the best sachin.

  4. i think so many people also deserves bharat ratna awards because they are achive every thing in their respective field, like
    1.shahrukh khan

  5. Sachin n sachin realy deserve it.

  6. i think sachin should not get bharat ratna

    1. @Gadha : You are really an ass(gadha)…. How can u say sachin is not desrving Bharat Ratna. He must deserve…..

  7. I really think that SACHIN should b given BHARAT RATNA.He truly deserves it.And in India there r many people who deserves it.So make a survey who really deserving this AWARD.

  8. I feel to much pride to give the bharat ratna for his great contribution to india and indian cricket by Sachin Tendulkar

  9. Prem Ranjan Sharma

    I feel to much pride to give the Bharat Ratna for his great contribution to india and indian politics by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpai

  10. I think Cricket King Sachin Tendulkar & Indian Political Leader Atal Bihari Vajpai deserve Bharat Ratna Award.

  11. Sachin Eligible to get International Rathna.
    (Not only bharat ratna) because he was god of international cricket.

    1. he is not was he is alive

  12. I think Sachin Tendulkar shoul not fit into this catogary from any angel, In the field of sports Melkha Singh, Dhyan Chand is bigger name then Sachin T., INSPITE OF THAT Kapil Dev and Sunil Gaveskar is the 1st Then Sachin.

  13. Yes…Sachin deserves fo BHARAT RATNA..
    i know he does’n fullfill the criteria of this award but if a man can change the theory of cricket why not the theory of Award can be changed…

  14. yes sachin is much deserve bharat ratna

  15. as soon as possible “SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR” should be awarded by “BHART RATNA”. Because he deserve it.

  16. suryakanta samantaray


  17. I feel sachin tendulkar is the one of the best person who give all his quality to india. He is not only ratna of india but a kohiur of INDIA .PLz give him bhartratna.

  18. sachin you will absulte win bharat ratna award

  19. ANNA

    1. who de hell r u say that ANNA HAZARE deserves BHARAT RATNA..Did u heard his name until april 2011…WHere he had been all these days…

      ek din mein RATNA ban jayage hai kya……….

  20. Mohanarao bobbili

    Sachin is a great crickter.most of the people think he is a god of cricket. So please support him. Please will give Bharataratna.

  21. You were saing sachin not deserve bharat ratna but he is a good or best person in world cricket.He deserve it I request you please sir you change your views.Thank you.

    1. lolz… hw cn u request sum1 sayin plz and insistin to change views…ridiculous!!

  22. Very well said. Sachin truly deserves the honour. My views here…


  23. Why not sachin only that you find sports not fit for this catagory. C,mon you politician you always want to be recipitnant even you looted our nation.


  25. i was expectin lista all bharat ratna winners but it doesnt include them nor it includes all those who wer awarded posthumously.

  26. atal biharivajpaye deserve it

  27. sachin is eligble to recieve bharat rathna

  28. Amitab truly deserves the honour. My views here…

  29. sachin ur awsome 2 player

  30. what is bharat ratna it a grate award un till now sachin pays a lot but india won only few
    he is makeing his own records , their is oters players in other games . sachine not deserves he is grate own records

  31. sachin deserves this award

  32. amitabh bachchan, shahrukh khan, sachin tendulkar, ya m.s. dhoni, prestigeous Bharat Ratna k liye bilkul bhi deserve nahi karte kyoki vo sirf ek manoranjak hai. isse jyada kuchh bhi nahi. vo sirf janta ka manoranjan karte hai aur kuchh nahi. Bharat Ratana k sachche hakdar hamare desh k bhartiya sena ke jawan aur police k jawan hai jo apni jaan ki parvah kiye bina desh ki raksha karte hai. Desh k scientists, policy makers, deserving rajnetas ko Bharat Ratna milna chahiye.

  33. kartar yadav khurai sagar mp.

    i thank sachin is a god in cricket he is vest in wold he does deserves

  34. Ashok chander Pal

    Mai sochta hu ‘Bharat Ratna’ jaisa award Sachin & Big B ko de kar desh ke logon ko kuche karne ke liye behtar dhang se motivat kiya ja sakta hai . So aisa kiya jana chahiye.

  35. Ashok chander Pal

    Ye time award ka nahi hai bhaiyo chalo crruption ke khilaph kuch kiya jay. To aao chalo… Kya kahte ho? Doge mera sath? Aaj ki mang yahi hai. Crruption hay… hay…

  36. After Gandhi, No Economics Nobel for C.R. Rao is a Major Oversight, and we hope it is not too late to honour him with the Bharat Ratna:

    What others say: C.R. Rao, Sc.D. (Cantab)

    Profs T Krishna Kumar, HD Vinod, and S Deman

    “It is widely acknowledged that not giving the Nobel Peace prize to Mahatma Gandhi was a major oversight by the Nobel Prize awarding committees. Since Dr. C. R. Rao (hereafter “CRR” for brevity) has recently reached the golden age of 90, we hope that a similar oversight will not occur again. The purpose of this essay is to bring together a series of fundamental contributions made by Dr C.R. Rao to Econometrics”.
    For details click: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1722743

    FROM: Dr S Deman

  37. probabaly it must be given to sachin tendulkar

  38. i think bharat ratana award should be given to those people who are really doing work for common person & for the upliftment of the society without any greed, return like ANNA HAZARE. This award should not be given to any minister or political person as all of them are corrupt & insenstive .

  39. give bharat ratna to gautam gambhir

  40. saina nehwal is going 2 b the bharat ratana soon…she is the most deserving one…

  41. I think bharat ratna must be given to sachin tendulkar for his deeds for the nation.And this information is very nice and gives much knowledge

  42. sachin tendulkar deserves bharath rathna,he s d god of cricket so he is beyond this award but for all his fans india government should give this award. We proude to hav a person like sachin.

  43. Sachin is no doubt a deserving candidate for BHARAT RATNA but in my opinion Major Dhyan Chand should be awarded this before him.

    And I wonder how three people of same political family of three successive generations got this highest civilian award when only one of them truly deserved it. No need to tell who was it. May be due to being the most influential family in GREAT Indian politics. Just think about it.

  44. i think it shoud be given to DAWOOD IIBRAHIM DON COS HE HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN DECRESING population allover the wirld

  45. Sachin is no doubt a deserving candidate for BHARAT RATNA


  47. Please give Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar

  48. sachin owner bharat ratna.

  49. Dr. Ashok Kumar gupta

    Sri (Major) Dhyan Chand’s contribution in the field of sports should not be neglacted at the time of consedring BHARAT RATAN Award 2011.

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