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Bharat Ratna Awardees

Posted on: November 3, 2009

Complete list of awardees

S.No   Name   Birth / death   Awarded   Notes   Indian state or country of origin  
1. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1888–1975 1954 Second President, First Vice President, Philosopher. Tamil Nadu
2. C. Rajagopalachari 1878–1972 1954 Last Governor-General, independence activist. Tamil Nadu
3. C. V. Raman 1888–1970 1954 Nobel-prize winning Physicist Tamil Nadu
4. Bhagwan Das 1869–1958 1955 Literature, independence activist Uttar Pradesh
5. Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 1861–1962 1955 Civil Engineer, Dam Architect, Diwan of Princely state of Mysore Karnataka
6. Jawaharlal Nehru 1889–1964 1955 First Prime Minister, independence activist, Author. Uttar Pradesh
7. Govind Ballabh Pant 1887–1961 1957 independence activist, Home Minister Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand)
8. Dhondo Keshav Karve 1858–1962 1958 Educationist, Social Reformer, Awarded in his birth centenary year. Maharashtra
9. Bidhan Chandra Roy 1882–1962 1961 Physician, Politician, Former Chief Minister of West Bengal West Bengal
10. Purushottam Das Tandon 1882–1962 1961 independence activist, Educationist Uttar Pradesh
11. Rajendra Prasad 1884–1963 1962 First President, independence activist, Jurist Bihar
12. Zakir Hussain 1897–1969 1963 Former President, Scholar. Andhra Pradesh
13. Pandurang Vaman Kane 1880–1972 1963 Indologist and Sanskrit scholar Maharashtra
14. Lal Bahadur Shastri 1904–1966 1966 Posthumous, Second Prime Minister, independence activist Uttar Pradesh
15. Indira Gandhi 1917–1984 1971 Former Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh
16. V. V. Giri 1894–1980 1975 Former President, Trade Unionist. Orissa
17. K. Kamaraj 1903–1975 1976 Posthumous, independence activist, Chief Minister-Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu
18. Mother Teresa 1910–1997 1980 Nobel Laureate (Peace, 1979). West Bengal
19. Vinoba Bhave 1895–1982 1983 Posthumous, Social Reformer, independence activist. Maharashtra
20. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1890–1988 1987 First non-citizen, independence activist. Pakistan
21. M. G. Ramachandran 1917–1987 1988 Posthumous, Chief Minister-Tamil Nadu, Actor. Tamil Nadu
22. B. R. Ambedkar 1891–1956 1990 Posthumous, Architect-Indian Constitution,Social Reformer, Economist and Scholar Maharashtra
23. Nelson Mandela b. 1918 1990 Second non-citizen and first non-Indian, Leader of Anti-Apartheid movement. South Africa
24. Rajiv Gandhi 1944–1991 1991 Posthumous, Former Prime Minister New Delhi
25. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 1875–1950 1991 Posthumous, independence activist, First Home Minister of India. Gujarat
26. Morarji Desai 1896–1995 1991 Former Prime Minister, independence activist. Gujarat
27. Abul Kalam Azad 1888–1958 1992 Posthumous, independence activist, First Education Minister of India West Bengal
28. J. R. D. Tata 1904–1993 1992 Industrialist and philanthropist Maharashtra
29. Satyajit Ray 1922–1992 1992 Film director West Bengal
30. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam b. 1931 1997 Former President, scientist. Tamil Nadu
31. Gulzarilal Nanda 1898–1998 1997 independence activist, former Prime Minister. Punjab
32. Aruna Asaf Ali 1908–1996 1997 Posthumous, independence activist. West Bengal
33. M. S. Subbulakshmi 1916–2004 1998 Carnatic music vocalist. Tamil Nadu
34. Chidambaram Subramaniam 1910–2000 1998 independence activist, Minister of Agriculture. Tamil Nadu
35. Jayaprakash Narayan 1902–1979 1998 Posthumous, independence activist, Social Reformer. Bihar
36. Ravi Shankar b. 1920 1999 Sitar player United States
37. Amartya Sen b. 1933 1999 Nobel-prize winning Economist West Bengal
38. Gopinath Bordoloi 1890–1950 1999 Posthumous, independence activist, Chief Minister Assam
39. Lata Mangeshkar b. 1929 2001 Singer Maharashtra
40. Bismillah Khan 1916–2006 2001 Classical musician, shehnai maestro Bihar
41. Bhimsen Joshi b. 1922 2008 Hindustani Classical vocalist Karnataka
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