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How can you get awarded the Bharat Ratna ? How is it given?

Everyone in this world works hard either for its self satisfaction or for sake of money or both but why only few are given the rewards by the world in the form of Noble Prizes, Padhma Shri's in India and the highest civilian award of the country that is the Bharat Ratna?

Firstly let's know what Bharat Ratna is?

It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. They are on a different side when it comes to the Padma Awards (Read about the Padma Awards here).

The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister to the President of India. These recommendations are not formal recommendations as it is not considerred necessary for Bharat Ratna.

Also the number of Bharat Ratna Awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year. (Just a norm, no given reason for this)

Who are eligible for the Bharat Ratna?

All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards.

The award seeks to recognize works of distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields of activities/disciplines.

List of the fields under which this award falls is as under:

  • Art (includes Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.)

  • Social work (includes social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.)

  • Public Affairs (includes Law, Public Life, Politics etc.)

  • Science & Engineering (includes Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.)

  • Trade & Industry (includes Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.)

  • Medicine (includes medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.)

  • Literature & Education (includes Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.)

  • Civil Service (includes distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants)

  • Sports (includes popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.)

  • Others (fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.)

The award is normally not conferred posthumously (after the death of a person). However, in highly deserving cases, the Government could consider giving an award posthumously.

Fact: Government has conferred Bharat Ratna Award on 45 persons till date. Hope to see someone from our readers in the future.

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