Bharat Ratna Winners

Name Awarded in Remarks
Chakravarti Rajgopalachari 1954 Last Governor­General and Independence activist
C. V. Raman 1954 Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1954 First Vice President and Philosopher
Bhagwan Das 1955 Indian Theosophist and Public figure
Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 1955 Engineer, scholar and the Diwan of Mysore
Jawaharlal Nehru 1955 First Prime Minister, Independence activist and Author
Govind Ballabh Pant 1957 Indian politician and independence activist
Dhondo Keshav Karve 1958 Social reformer
Bidhan Chandra Roy 1961 Physician, Chief Minister of West Bengal
Purushottam Das Tandon 1961 Freedom fighter
Rajendra Prasad 1962 First President and Independence activist
Zakir Hussain 1963 Independence activist and Scholar
Pandurang Vaman Kane 1963 Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
Lal Bahadur Shastri 1966 Second Prime Minister, First posthumously given
Indira Gandhi 1971 Third Prime Minister
V. V. Giri 1975 Fourth President
K. Kamaraj 1976 Independence activist and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Mother Teresa 1980 Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Vinoba Bhave 1983 Advocate of nonviolence and human rights
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1987 Independence activist and First non­citizen to receive award
M. G. Ramachandran 1988 Actor, director, producer, and politician, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
B. R. Ambedkar 1990 First law minister and Principal architect of the Constitution of India
Nelson Mandela 1990 South African politician and President of South Africa
Rajiv Gandhi 1991 Sixth Prime Minister
Vallabhbhai Patel 1991 First Home Minister and Independence activist
Morarji Desai 1991 Fourth Prime Minister
Abul Kalam Azad 1992 First Minister of Education
J. R. D. Tata 1992 Business magnate
Satyajit Ray 1992 Filmmaker and Oscar Winner
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 1997 Indian scientist
Gulzarilal Nanda 1997 Independence activist
Aruna Asaf Ali 1997 Independence activist
M. S. Subbulakshmi 1998 Carnatic vocalist
Chidambaram Subramaniam 1998 Minister of Agriculture
Jayaprakash Narayan 1999 independence activist and political leader
Ravi Shankar 1999 Musician,composer and Sitar player
Amartya Sen 1999 Economist and Nobel Prize Winner
Gopinath Bordoloi 1999 Independence activist, Chief Minister of Assam
Lata Mangeshkar 2001 Playback singer
Bismillah Khan 2001 Hindustani classical shehnai player
Bhimsen Joshi 2008 Hindustani classical vocalist
C. N. R. Rao 2014 Scientist
Sachin Tendulkar 2014 Cricketer
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 2015 Educationist and Politician
Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya 2015 Former Prime Minister

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