Bharat Ratna Award Winners List India from 1954 to 2017

Complete list of Bharat Ratna Awardees from 1952 to 2016

The Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted in 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. 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.

S.No.NameYear About him/her
1Shri Chakravarti Rajagopalachari1954Last Governor – General, Independence activist
2Dr. Sarvapali Radhakrishnan1954India’s 1st Vice President (1952 – 1962), Philosopher and India’s 2nd President (1962 – 1967)
3Dr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman1954Physicist
4Dr. Bhagwan Das1955Author, Independence activist, Kashi Vidya Peeth Founder
5Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya1955Diwan of Mysore, Civil engineer
6Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru1955Author, Independence activist, 1st Prime Minister
7Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant1957Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Independence activist, Home Minister
8Dr. Dhondo Keshave Karve1958Educator, social reformer
9Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy1961Chief Minister of West Bengal and a Physician
10Shri Purushottam Das Tandon1961Educator, Independence activist
11Dr. Rajendra Prasad1962Jurist, Independence activist, 1st President of India
12Dr. Zakir Hussain1963Scholar, Independence activist, 3rd President of India
13Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane1963Sanskrit scholar and Indologist
14Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (Posthumous)19662nd Prime Minister of India, Independence activist
15Smt. Indira Gandhi19713rd Prime Minister of India
16Shri Varahagiri Venkata Giri19754th President, Trade unionist
17Shri Kumaraswami Kamraj (Posthumous)1976Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Independence activist
18Mother Teresa1980Founder of Missionaries of Charity and a Catholic nun
19Shri Acharya Vinobha Bhave (Posthumous)1983Independence activist and a Social reformer
20Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan1987Independence activist, First non-citizen
21Shri Marudu Gopalan Ramachandran (Posthumous)1988Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Film actor
22Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar (Posthumous)1990Crusader against Untouchablity, Chief architect of Indian Constitution, Social Reformer, Dalit Icon, Historian, Economist, scholar, politician
23Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela19902nd non – citizen and non – Indian recipient, Leader of Anti – Apartheid movement
24Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous)19916th Prime Minister of India
25Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Posthumous)1991Independence activist, 1st Home Minister
26Shri Morarji Ranchhodji Desai19914th Prime Minister and Independence activist
27Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Posthumous)19921st Minister of Education and an Independence activist
28Shri Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata1992Philanthropist and an Industrialist
29Shri Satyajit Ray1992Filmmaker
30Shri Gulzarilal Nanda1997Interim Prime Minister, Independence activist
31Smt. Aruna Asaf Ali (Posthumous)1997Independence activist
32Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam1997Aeronautical Engineer and 11th President of India
33Smt. Madurai Sanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi1998Carnatic classical singer
34Shri Chidambaram Subramniam1998Minister of Agriculture and an Independence activist
35Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (Posthumous)1999Politician, Independence activist
36Professor Amartya Sen1999Economist
37Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (Posthumous)1999Chief Minister of Assam, Independence activist
38Pandit Ravi Shankar1999Sitar player
39Sushri Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar2001Playback singer
40Ustad Bismillah Khan2001Hindustani classical shehnai player
41Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi2008Hindustani classical singer
42Sachin Tendulkar2014Indian Cricketer, First Sportsman and Youngest Indian who got Bharat Ratna
43Prof. C.N.R Rao2014Indian Scientist
44Atal Bihari Vajpayee2015Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman who was the Eleventh Prime Minister of India from BJP
45Madan Mohan Malviya2015The freedom icon and Educationist popularly known as ‘Mahamana”.

*First Bharat Ratna was awarded to Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Sir C.V. Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari in 1954.
*Last Bharat Ratna was awarded to Sachin Tendulkar .
*Mother Teresa was the first naturalized Indian citizen of Bharat Ratna Award Winner in 1980.
*Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (1987) And Nelson Mandela (1990) are two non Indians of Bharat Ratna Award Winners.
*Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsperson and the youngest Bharat Ratna Award Winner

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