Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be honored with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, on 8 August i.e., today. This has been announced in a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan. Apart from the 13th President Pranab Mukherjee, the award will be posthumously awarded to social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and Assam famous singer Bhupen Hazarika. All three were selected for this honor in January 2019.
The 83-year-old served as India’s President from 2012-2017. He took birth on December 11, 1935, in Mirati, a village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. After completed his Masters in Political Science and History and LLB degree from University of Calcutta.
He expressed his gratitude after being selected for India's highest civilian award. He said: "I've received much more from the people and from this country than I have given to it".
"I would like to express my deep gratitude to the people of this country... At the same time, with all humility, I accept this honour. I have conveyed my appreciation by talking to the President of the Republic. I also convey my deepest gratitude to the people of this country," he had told.
Prime Minister Modi praising Pranab Mukherjee wrote on Twitter, "Pranab Da is an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation's growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels. Delighted that he has been conferred the Bharat Ratna."
Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to Pranab Da on being awarded the Bharat Ratna. The Congress party takes great pride in the fact that the immense contribution to public service and nation building of one of our own, has been recognised and honoured."
"I'm happy that Shri Bhupen Hazarika and Nanaji Deshmukh have been honoured, posthumously, with the Bharat Ratna," he also tweeted.The former President has been a senior leader in the Indian National Congress. He has occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government.