The India’s Highest civilian Bharath Ratna award 2015 was announced, on 24th Dec 2014 to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malavya
This award country’s highest civilian honor to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, and educationist and social reformer Madan Mohan Malviya.
Malviya is the 11th person to receive the award posthumously, while Mr. Vajpayee is the sixth Prime Minister to receive the award. so far 43 individuals have received the award.
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Bharath Ratna award 2015
Mr Vajpayee, a three-time prime minister considered the gold standard of leadership in the BJP, will be the first leader from the country’s political right to be given a Bharat Ratna.
The 89-year-old leader, who was prime minister till 2004, is popular across party lines. He has stayed away from public life for the past few years because of his health.
The announcement comes a day before the birthday of the veteran BJP leader, who turns 90 on Thursday, Christmas Day, being celebrated by the central government as ‘good governance day’.
A Bharat Ratna for Dr Madan Mohan Malaviya, the freedom icon and educationist popularly known as ‘Mahamana’, was one of the promises made by PM Modi during his the campaign for the national election.
The Banaras Hindu University, founded by Dr Malaviya in 1916, is in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
The Bharat Ratna is conferred to people who have made achievements in “any field of human endeavor.” Until 2011, it was restricted to achievements in the in the arts, literature, science and public services, before it was expanded to include other fields.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Vajpayee at his residence after which he will head to his constituency Varanasi on Thursday.
Vajpayee is also from Varanasi.