RSS Pracharak and social worker Shri Nanaji Deshmukh will be conferred with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna posthumously.
Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was also conferred with the Bharat Ratna. As per press communique from the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Bhupen Hazarika will also be conferred with Bharat Ratna posthumously.
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated Bharat Ratna Awardees. The Prime Minister praised Nanaji Deshmukh for his contribution to the society and said “Nanaji Deshmukh’s stellar contribution towards rural development showed the way for a new paradigm of empowering those living in our villages. He personifies humility, compassion and service to the downtrodden. He is a Bharat Ratna in the truest sense.”
“The songs and music of Bhupen Hazarika are admired by people across generations. From them radiates the message of Justice, harmony and brotherhood. He popularized India’s music traditions globally. Happy that the Bharat Ratna has been conferred on Bhupen Da.” the Prime Minister said.
While speaking on Shri Pranab Mukherjee he said, “Pranab an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation’s growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels. Delighted that he has been conferred Bharat Ratna.”