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President Droupadi Murmu will present the Bharat Ratna to former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur (posthumously) on Saturday. “The people of Bihar and the country are as happy as I am today. Nitish Kumar ji had continuously appealed to Govt of India to confer Bharat Ratna on Karpoori Thakur ji,” late Karpoori Thakur’s son Ram Nath Thakur said.

In 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended five eminent personalities for the Bharat Ratna award: Karpoori Thakur, LK Advani, PV Narasimha Rao, Charan Singh, and MS Swaminathan.

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According to ANI news agency, President Murmu will confer the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, on Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday.

President Murmu will pay a visit to senior BJP leader LK Advani’s residence and confer him with the prestigious award. This was decided keeping in view the ailing health of LK Advani, according to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources.

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Who was Karpoori Thakur

Born in 1924 in one of the most backward sections of society – the ‘Nai Samaj’, Karpoori Thakur served as the Chief Minister of Bihar and was a key figure in the struggle against social discrimination and inequality.

Thakur’s policies and reforms were pioneering in bringing about significant changes in the lives of many, especially in the fields of education, employment, and farmer welfare.

About Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian honour conferred for exceptional service towards any field of human endeavour, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex. The provision of Bharat Ratna was introduced in 1954.

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Upon receiving the award, the recipient is presented with a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion. The Bharat Ratna does not come with any monetary grant, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). From 2020-2023, no Bharat Ratna was conferred to anyone.

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Published: 30 Mar 2024, 09:16 AM IST

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