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Bharat Ratna Award List in India 2022 PDF: Winner List

Bharat Ratna Award: In India, the Bharat Ratna is considered the highest civilian award. The award was initiated on 2nd January 1954 and is given to the people for their extraordinary service in any field. A person irrespective of race, occupation, position, or sex can receive the award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the current Prime Minister of India to the President. Every year, a maximum of 3 nominees are awarded. In this article, we have discussed the Bharat Ratna Award List in India 2022.

Bharat Ratna Award 2022

Earlier, Bharat Ratna was conferred to the citizens for their exceptional service in arts, literature, science, and public services but in 2011 the criteria got extended and it was decided that any field of human endeavor will be included in the award list. A Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a peepal leaf-shaped medallion is honored to the Bharat Ratna Recipients. In the Indian order of precedence the Bharat Ratna awardee are ranked seventh.

Bharat Ratna Award List in India 2022

The Bharat Ratna was first awarded in 1954 to Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr CV Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. Since then till 2019 the award has been received by 48 individuals, including 14 who were awarded posthumously. In the given table we have discussed the Bharat Ratna Recipients from 1954-2019 along with their details.

Bharat Ratna Award List in India 2022

Year Awardee About
  1954 C. Rajagopalachari(1878-1972)
  • Last Governor-General of an independent India.
  • Activist, statesman and lawyer.
  • Established  Swatantra Party
  • Worked as chief minister of the Madras Presidency (1937–39) and Madras State (1952–54).
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975)
  • India’s second President (1962–1967)
  • First Vice–President of India (1952–1962).
C. V. Raman (1888-1970)
  • Physicists, mathematician, and scientist
  • Won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930
  1955 Bhagwan Das (1869-1958)
  • Activist, philosopher, and educationist
  • Co-founder of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith
M. Visvesvaraya (1861-1962)
  • Civil engineer
  • Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  • Diwan of Mysore(1912-18)
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru(1889-1964)
  • The first and longest-serving Prime Minister of India (1947–64).
1957 Govind Ballabh Pant (1887-1961)
  • An  independent activist.
  • The first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1950–54) and as premier of the United Provinces (1937–1939, 1946–1950).
  • He served as the Union Home Minister (1955 to 1961).
1958 Dhondo Keshav Karve (1858-1962)
  • Social Reformer
  • Educator
1961 Bidhan Chandra Roy (1882-1962)
  •  political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker
  • Known as the “Maker of Modern West Bengal.”
  • Second chief minister of West Bengal from 1948 to 1962
Purushottam Das Tandon (1882-1962)
  • Activist
  • Known as Rajarshi
  • Speaker of the United Provinces Legislative Assembly
 1962 Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963)
  • Activist, lawyer, statesman, and scholar
  • First President of India
1963 Dr. Zakir Husain (1897-1969)
  • Activist, economist, and education philosopher
  • A Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University
  • Governor of Bihar(1948–1966)
  • Second vice president of India (1962–1967)
  • Country’s third president (1967–69).
Pandurang Vaman Kane (1880-1972)
  • Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
  • Known for his five-volume literary work
1966 Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904-1966) (Posthumous)
  • Activist
  • Second Prime Minister of India
1971 Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
  •  First women Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1984
  • Iron Lady of India
1975 V. V. Giri (1894-1980)
  • Trade Unionist
  • First president of All India Trade Union Congress
1976 K. Kamaraj (1903-1975) (Posthumous)
  • Independence activist and statesman
  • Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1954 to 1957, 1957 to 1962, and 1962 to 1963.
1980 Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
  • Catholic nun
  • Founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
1983 Acharya Vinoba Bhave (1895-1982) (Posthumous)
  • Activist
  • Social reformer
  • Close associate of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1958
1987 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988)
  • First noncitizen, independence activist
  • Frontier Gandhi
  • Joined the Khilafat Movement in 1920
1988 M. G. Ramachandran (1917-1987) (Posthumous)
  • Actor turned politician
  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu 1977 to 1980, 1980 to 1984, and 1985 to 1987.
1990 B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) (Posthumous)
  • Social reformer
  • Representative of the Dalits
  • India’s first law minister
  • Chief architect of the Indian Constitution
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
  • Leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa
  • President of South Africa
  • Gandhi of South Africa
  • He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
 1991 Rajiv Gandhi (1944-1991) (Posthumous)
  • Ninth Prime Minister of India  from 1984 to 1989.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) (Posthumous)
  • Activist
  • First Deputy Prime Minister of India
  • Known as Iron Man of India
Morarji Desai (1896-1995)
  • Activist
  • 6th Prime Minister of India
  • Received the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian honor given by the Government of Pakistan
 1992 Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958) (Posthumous)
  • Activist
  • First Minister of education
  • Known as Maulana Azad
J. R. D. Tata (1904-1993)
  • Industrialist, philanthropist
  • Launched the first airline of the country Air India
  • He established the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Motors, and TCS.
Satyajit Ray (1922-1992)
  • Director, film-maker, writer, novelist
  • Established Indian cinema on the global stage
  • In 1984, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest honour in film.
 1997 Gulzarilal Nanda (1898-1998)
  • Interim Prime Minister of India.
  • Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission
Aruna Asaf Ali (1909-1996) (Posthumous)
  • Hoisted the Indian flag in 1942 during the Quit India Movement in Bombay
  • Elected as Delhi’s first mayor after independence in 1958.
A.P.J Abdul Kalam (1931-2015)
  • 11th president from 2002 to 2007
1998 M. S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2005)
  • Carnatic classical vocalist
  • Known as the “Queen of Songs,”
  • First Indian artist to win the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Chidambaram Subramaniam (1910-2000)
  • Former Minister of Agriculture of India
  • Known for bringing Green Revolution in India
 1999 Jayaprakash Narayan (1902-1979) (Posthumous)
  • Activist, and social reformer
  • Known as Lok Nayak
Amartya Sen
  • In 1998, received Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Gopinath Bordoloi (1890-1950) (Posthumous)
  • Assam’s 1st Chief Minister
Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)
  • Musician, sitar player
  • Four-time Grammy Award winner
  • Known as the world’s best-known exponent of Hindustani classical music
2001 Lata Mangeshkar (1929-2022)
  • Nightingale of India
  • Received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989
Ustad Bismillah Khan (1916-2006)
  • Hindustani classical shehnai player
 2009 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (1922-2011)
  • Hindustani classical vocalist
 2014 C. N. R. Rao
  • Chemist and professor
  • Author
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Cricketer
 2015 Madan Mohan Malaviya )(1861-1946) (Posthumous)
  • Scholar and educational reformer
  • Established Banaras Hindu University (1906) and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (1906
Atal Bihari Bajpayee (1924-2018)
  • Elected nine times to the Lok Sabha, twice to the Rajya Sabha
  • Became the Prime Minister of India for three terms
  • Got the “Best Parliamentarian” award
2019 Pranab Mukherjee (1935-2020)
  • Indian politician
  • Senior leader in the Indian National Congress
  • Thirteenth president of India
  • Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012.
Nanaji Deshmukh (1916-2010) (Posthumous)
  • A social activist from India, education, health, and rural self-reliance
  • In 1999, he got the Padma Vibhushan award.
  • In 1950, he established the country’s first Saraswati Shishu Mandir at Gorakhpur
Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011)(Posthumous)
  •  Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet, and film-maker from Assam
  • Received many awards such as Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), the Padmashri Award (1977), the Padmabhushan Award (2001), and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987)

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FAQs: Bharat Ratna Award List in India

Q.1 Which is the highest civilian award in India?

Ans. Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in India.

Q.2 Who received the first Bharat Ratna Award?

Ans. The first Bharat Ratna Award was received by Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr CV Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari in 1954.

Q.3 Who confers Bharat Ratna Award?

Ans. The President of India confers the Bharat Ratna Award on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

Q.4 How many people have received Bharat Ratna till now?

Ans. Till now, 48 people have received the Bharat Ratna Award.

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