• Tuesday, February 07, 2023

INDIA

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika Conferred Bharat Ratna  

President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Virenderjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here (Photo: Simon Dawson – Pool/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna NS

FORMER president Pranab Mukherjee, late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, on Thursday (8).

President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Virenderjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Hazarika and Deshmukh were given the Bharat Ratna posthumously.

Vice President M Venkaikah Naidu, prime minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, several union cabinet ministers, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were among those who were present at the function held at the imposing Durbar Hall.

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