Bharat Ratna Winner

SNo

Name

Birth-Death

Awarded

Remarks

1

Chakravarti Rajgopalachari

1878–1972

1954

Last Governor-General and Independence activist

2

C. V. Raman

1888–1970

1954

Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner

3

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

1888–1975

1954

First Vice President and Philosopher

4

Bhagwan Das

1869–1958

1955

Indian Theosophist and Public figure

5

Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya

1861–1962

1955

Engineer, scholar and the Diwan of Mysore

6

Jawaharlal Nehru

1889–1964

1955

First Prime Minister, Independence activist and Author

7

Govind Ballabh Pant

1887–1961

1957

Indian politician and independence activist

8

Dhondo Keshav Karve

1858–1962

1958

Social reformer

9

Bidhan Chandra Roy

1882–1962

1961

Physician, Chief Minister of West Bengal

10

Purushottam Das Tandon

1882–1962

1961

Freedom fighter

11

Rajendra Prasad

1884–1963

1962

First President and Independence activist

12

Zakir Hussain

1897–1969

1963

Independence activist and Scholar

13

Pandurang Vaman Kane

1880–1972

1963

Indologist and Sanskrit scholar

14

Lal Bahadur Shastri

1904–1966

1966

Second Prime Minister, First Posthumously Given

15

Indira Gandhi

1917–1984

1971

Third Prime Minister

16

V. V. Giri

1894–1980

1975

Fourth President

17

K. Kamaraj

1903–1975

1976

Independence activist and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State

18

Mother Teresa

1910–1997

1980

Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

19

Vinoba Bhave

1895–1982

1983

Advocate of nonviolence and human rights

20

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

1890–1988

1987

Independence activist and First non-citizen to received award

21

M. G. Ramachandran

1917–1987

1988

Actor, director, producer, and politician, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

22

B. R. Ambedkar

1891–1956

1990

First law minister and Principal architect of the Constitution of India

23

Nelson Mandela

1918

1990

South African politician and President of South Africa

24

Rajiv Gandhi

1944–1991

1991

Sixth Prime Minister

25

Vallabhbhai Patel

1875–1950

1991

First Home Minister and Independence activist

26

Morarji Desai

1896–1995

1991

Fourth Prime Minister

27

Abul Kalam Azad

1888–1958

1992

First Minister of Education

28

J. R. D. Tata

1904–1993

1992

Business magnate

29

Satyajit Ray

1922–1992

1992

Filmmaker and Oscar Winner

30

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

1931

1997

Indian scientist

31

Gulzarilal Nanda

1898–1998

1997

Independence activist

32

Aruna Asaf Ali

1908–1996

1997

Independence activist

33

M. S. Subbulakshmi

1916–2004

1998

Carnatic vocalist

34

Chidambaram Subramaniam

1910–2000

1998

Minister of Agriculture

35

Jayaprakash Narayan

1902–1979

1999

independence activist and political leader

36

Ravi Shankar

1920–2012

1999

Musician,composer and Sitar player

37

Amartya Sen

1933

1999

Economist and Nobel Prize Winner

38

Gopinath Bordoloi

1890–1950

1999

Independence activist, Chief Minister of Assam

39

Lata Mangeshkar

1929

2001

Playback singer

40

Bismillah Khan

1916–2006

2001

Hindustani classical shehnai player

41

Bhimsen Joshi

1922–2011

2008

Hindustani classical vocalist

42

C. N. R. Rao

1934

2014

Scientist

43

Sachin Tendulkar

1973

2014

Cricketer



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