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After Savarkar, BJP may propose Bharat Ratna for Godse: D Raja

The election manifesto of Maharashtra BJP, released on Tuesday said the party will ask the NDA government at the Centre to confer India's highest civilian award on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Veer Savarkar.

'My father was the ultimate humanist': Tej Hazarika on his father Dr Bhupen Hazarika

"Till before his death, we led parallel lives. After I cremated him, his world flooded mine": a son's memory of his famous father. An interview with Tej Hazarika, the son of maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika.


Rahul, Sonia Gandhi give Pranab Mukherjee's Bharat Ratna event a miss

The absence of the mother-son duo from the award ceremony fuelled speculations that if this had anything to do with Mukherjee accepting an invitation to deliver an annual lecture RSS headquarters in 2018.

WATCH: Pranab Mukherjee receives Bharat Ratna from President Kovind

The award was also conferred on Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika posthumously.

In U-turn, Tej Hazarika says privilege to receive Bharat Ratna on father’s behalf

“It is a tremendous honour, for me and my family to be invited by the GOI to accept the Bharat Ratna on behalf of my late father. It will be my dreamlike privilege to receive it for my father and his fans and followers everywhere,” Tej said in a message to The Indian Express.

‘Citizenship Amendment Bill painfully unpopular’: Bhupen Hazarika’s son slams Bill, puts Govt on notice on Bharat Ratna

Tej Hazarika said: “I believe that my father’s name and words are being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans are afoot to pass a painfully unpopular Bill regarding citizenship that is actually undermining his documented position...”


Mallikarjun Kharge: Modi govt ignored Shivakumara Swami for Bharat Ratna

Expressing disappointment, Kharge said that the late saint worked spent his life working for orphan children but was still not considered by the government for the award. He said the government had seen his works and rather chose to award a singer (Bhupen Hazarika) and a "man who propagated their RSS ideology" (Nanaji Deshmukh).

Pranab Bharat Ratna, Padmas for 1984 riots, Emergency crusaders

While Mukherjee is from the Nehruvian socialist political thought, Nanaji Deshmukh worked tirelessly to nurture the Hindu nationalist political ideology, which has now bloomed into the BJP.

Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh: Politician who held no political office, shaped BJP

Nanaji was also uncomfortable with Vajpayee’s decision to merge the Jana Sangh into the Janata Party in 1977, and his decision to move the new BJP in a ‘Gandhian socialist’ direction in 1980.

Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee: Congress stalwart who made his mark as statesman

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with a “vague” impression that she may be in favour of Singh as President. In fact, many thought he would succeed Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister way back in 1984 after her assassination.

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President Pranab Mukherjee confers Bharat Ratna, Padma awards

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred the Bharat Ratna and Padma awards to eminent persons at Rastrapathi Bhawan.

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee's political journey: Rare pictures from Express Archives

One of India’s most charismatic leaders, Vajpayee is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of BJP.


Bharat Ratna winners over the years

We take a look at some of the famous Bharat Ratna awardees.

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Big Jolt To AIADMK: Find Out What Happened

The Madras High Court Friday dismissed a petition seeking direction to the Centre to award Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in country, for late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The court said it cannot give any such directions to the government. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M […]

Mohd Rafi didn’t get Bharat Ratna ‘probably because he was Muslim’, says his son

Mumbai, Feb 29 (ANI): Demanding the Bharat Ratna, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for his father and legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi, Shahid Rafi, his son, said on Monday that his father probably did not get the honour because he was a Muslim. Asserting that his father was a secular person, Shahid said the government should do something about awarding him the Bharat Ratna. He also rubbished media reports that had quoted him as saying that Muslims were feeling insecure under the current regime. He said that he has never said anything specifically about Modi Sahib. What he had said was about his father.