Pranab Mukherjee to be awarded Bharat Ratna, Shri Bhupen Hazarika, Shri Nanaji Deshmukh will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna. Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, on Thursday. The 83-year-old, who served as India’s President from 2012-2017, has a political career spanning about five decades.
Mukherjee's life-long political career spanned about five decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
Along with India’s 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee, eminent singer Late Shri Bhupen Hazarika and social activist Late Shri Nanaji Deshmukh will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna, posthumously on August 8, Thursday.
After being selected for India's highest civilian award, former President, popularly known as 'Pranab Da', had expressed his gratitude on being conferred with the Bharat Ratna saying "I've received much more from the people and from this country than I have given to it".
Born on December 11, 1935, in Mirati, a village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, Mukherjee completed his Masters in Political Science and History and LLB degree from University of Calcutta.
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, in January lauded Mukherjee for his years of service to the nation and tweeted, “Pranab Da is an outstanding statesman of our times.