Today (8th August), former President Pranab Mukherjee will be awarded the Bharat Ratna (the highest civilian award) by President Ramnath Kovind, according to reports

Source: www.ndtv.com

The award ceremony will take place in Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6 PM in the evening. 


Mukherjee was awarded India's highest civilian honour, along with renowned musician Bhupen Hazarika and Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Nanaji Deshmukh, in January. 

Source: www.indiatoday.in

Today, Hazarika and Deshmukh will also be honoured at the ceremony. 


Pranab Muherjee is being given this honour for his long and illustrious political career. He served the country as a Defence Minister, Finance Minister, External Affairs Minister, Leader of Lok Sabha, Leader of Rajya Sabha and as the President of India between 2012 to 2017.

Source: www.indiatoday.in

On being honoured with this prestigious award former President Pranab Mukherjee said, "It is with a deep sense of humility and gratitude to the people of India that I accept this great honour, Bharat Ratna, bestowed upon me."


He further added, "I have always said and I repeat, I have got more from the people of our great country than I have given to them."

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Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed his nomination by tweeting this:


The other Presidents, who had been conferred the Bharat Ratna include Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain and V.V. Giri.