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January 25, 2019

Former President Pranab Mukherjee to get Bharat Ratna 2019

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The Indian government today conferred prestigious Bharat Ratna Award to Former president Pranab Mukherjee, singer Bhupen Hazarika and social activist Nanaji Deshmukh. Deshmukh and Hazarika are getting this award posthumously.

Pranab Mukherjee, 83, had served as the President of India since 2012 to 2017. Bhupen Hazarika, one of the most popular regional singers and someone who is synonymous with the Assamese identity, had earlier been awarded with Padmashri, Padmabhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award among others things.

Hailing this year’s recipients of the country’s highest civilian honour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described their contribution to the nation.

Modi has said late 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 Mr. Mukherjee's wisdom and intellect have few parallels.

The Bharat Ratna, which was instituted in 1954, is conferred in recognition of exceptional service or performance of the highest order.

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