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Bharat Ratna Awards: Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika, Nanaji Deshmukh receive top civilian honour

Updated : 2019-08-09 13:10:19

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday received the Bharat Ratna -- the highest civilian award in the country -- which was also conferred to late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and late singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika. Deshmukh and Hazarika's family members received the awards on their behalf while Mukherjee received it himself. President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the awards at an investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba with the recipients of Bharat Ratna - Viredrajeet Singh (who received the award on behalf of late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh), Former President Pranab Mukherjee and Tej Hazarika (who received the award on behalf of his father late singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika) during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba with the recipients of Bharat Ratna - Viredrajeet Singh (who received the award on behalf of late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh), Former President Pranab Mukherjee and Tej Hazarika (who received the award on behalf of his father late singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika) during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: Singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika being posthumously honored with Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: Singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika being posthumously honored with Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Bharat Ratna on Former President Pranab Mukherjee during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Bharat Ratna on Former President Pranab Mukherjee during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: Social activist Nanaji Deshmukh being posthumously honored with Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
New Delhi: Social activist Nanaji Deshmukh being posthumously honored with Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind during an award ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Aug 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS/RB)
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