ObserveNow: 5 Untold Bharat Ratna Awardees

If India is Bharat then the people who do something phenomenal they should be called Bharat Ratna like Badshah's Navratnas. From 1954, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour conferred to the people who served India to their best capacity and did the exceptional work for the country. 

In 2019 it has been conferred to 48 People with 14 posthumous declarations. While the star awardees this year have been Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika & Nanaji Deshmukh. ObserveNow brings to you the lessers known awardees and their untold stories. 


Pandurang Vaman Kane: PVK was a renowned Sanskrit Scholar & Indologist and was conferred “Bharat Ratna” in 1963 for the academic work that he did over a period of 40 years. Dr Kane was famous for his critically famed work on “History of Dharmasastra”. He was rewarded as Mahamahopadhyaya and was nominated for Rajya Sabha seat also in the parliament.


M.S. Subbulakshmi: MS Subbulakshmi was an Indian Carnatic singer which is from the southern part of India. She was conferred “Bharat Ratna” in 1998 and was also the first Indian musician to receive Ramon Magsaysay award. She also acted in a few Tamil films. Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru said that “Who am I, a mere Prime Minister before a Queen, a Queen of Music.


Chidambaram Subramaniam: Chidambaram Subramaniam was the Indian politician & Independence activist.  He conferred the “Bharat Ratna” in 1998 for his role in agriculture upliftment. He served the country as the cabinet minister & later as Governor of Maharashtra. He was the one who initiated the Green revolution along with M.S.Swaminathan. 

Gopinath Bordoloi: Gopinath Bordoloi was the Independence activist & Chief Minister of Assam. He was conferred “Bharat Ratna” in 1999. The governor of Assam conferred him with the title of “Lokapriya”. He was also known for his role to support Sardar Valllabhbhai Patel for uniting Assam with Indian after the British rule. He was a writer too and often his views can be seen in his writings.


Dhondo Keshav Karve: Dhondo Keshav Karve was a social reformer who worked for the upliftment of the women in Indian society. On his 100th birthday in 1958, Government of India conferred him with “Bharat Ratna” for his social work. He is also called “Maharishi Karve” and in his honour, the government has renamed queen road in Mumbai as “Maharishi Karve Road”.

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