Former PMs Chaudhary Charan Singh, Narasimha Rao, scientist Swaminathan conferred with Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): Former Prime Ministers Chaudhary Charan Singh and P.V. Narasimha Rao, and legendary agricultural scientist Dr M.S. Swaminathan will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

The Prime Minister announced this on his X handle.

"Delighted to share that our former Prime Minister, Shri PV Narasimha Rao Garu, will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

"As a distinguished scholar and statesman, Narasimha Rao Garu served India extensively in various capacities. He is equally remembered for the work he did as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister, and as a Member of Parliament and Legislative Assembly for many years. His visionary leadership was instrumental in making India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the country's prosperity and growth.

"Narasimha Rao Garu’s tenure as Prime Minister was marked by significant measures that opened India to global markets, fostering a new era of economic development. Furthermore, his contributions to India's foreign policy, language and education sectors underscore his multifaceted legacy as a leader who not only steered India through critical transformations but also enriched its cultural and intellectual heritage."

While announcing the honour for Chaudhary Charan Singh, PM Modi wrote on X handle in Hindi, "It is the good fortune of our government that former Prime Minister of the country Chaudhary Charan Singh is being honored with Bharat Ratna. This honor is dedicated to his incomparable contribution to the country. He had dedicated his entire life to the rights of farmers and their welfare.

"Be it the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh or the Home Minister of the country and even as an MLA, he always gave impetus to nation building. He also stood firmly against the Emergency. His dedication to our farmer brothers and sisters and his commitment to democracy during the Emergency is inspiring to the entire nation."

Prime Minister Modi also announced Bharat Ratna for agricultural scientistDr. MS Swaminathan.

"It is a matter of immense joy that the Government of India is conferring the Bharat Ratna on Dr. MS Swaminathan Ji, in recognition of his monumental contributions to our nation in agriculture and farmers’ welfare. He played a pivotal role in helping India achieve self-reliance in agriculture during challenging times and made outstanding efforts towards modernizing Indian agriculture.

"We also recognise his invaluable work as an innovator and mentor and encouraging learning and research among several students. Dr. Swaminathan’s visionary leadership has not only transformed Indian agriculture but also ensured the nation’s food security and prosperity. He was someone I knew closely and l always valued his insights and inputs.




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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 10 2024

    There should be a Checklist -- who deserves Bharat Ratna --selected by another set of worthy people -- A independent panel -- BHARAT RATNA is like Diamond -- So no compromise -- The highest award of the nation --Civilian -- Otherwise our nation will be a laughing stock internationally ---

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  • Prakash, Dubai

    Sat, Feb 10 2024

    Finally Modi has come to his senses and realised, lot of development works has been done in past 65 years. Now Andhbhakts cannot claim nothings has done in past till Narendra modi became Prime minister. Even Kanganrunout also has to apologise for her freedom comment.

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  • Babu Shenoy, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    These are not 'Bharat Ratna' Awards, but 'Chunav Ratna' Awards. One of the regulations governing the awards says that there cannot be more than 3 Bharat Ratna awards in a single year. This year six awards have been announced, which makes the last three awards redundant. But who cares? Modi will do anything to win votes.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    MMS by his own admission had credited PVN Rao for shielding him from political backlash for unpopular measures needed for the time. Congress with its perennial weakness of having to appease minorities decided to forget PVN Rao to an extent that Congress cannot loudly take credit for turning around the economy during dire times. Congress has a false perception that their downfall was due to PVN Rao, its downfall started after Shah Bano case much before that. Last but not least, please oh please, see the Bharath Ratna awardees until 2014, you will see that it is for Congress, by Congress and from Congress.

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  • Vally, Mlore/ Dubai

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    How to fool Indians that we need to learn from PM modi , for vote he can sit on floor after vote he will make other to sit under the floor.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    P V Narasimha Rao for Economic reforms & Information Technology Revolution in India. Swaminathan for Green Revolution. And remaining two people is for getting votes & election coalition. And another one in Gujarat is given free gift.

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    The BJP has made the Bharat Ratna like chillar kaas! Bharat Ratna should be awarded only to those who have made the country proud through their contribution and not to all and sundry for political gain rather than national pride!

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    It is unfortunate that Congress and Bjp govts were/are giving the county's highest civilian awards for political consideration. These awards have become a tool in the hands of govt. MS Swamination really deserves it, other two are awarded for political mileage.

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  • Joshua, Mangalore/Doha

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    I read few years back narasimha Rao went to jail in corruption case. I don't know what happened later Now Bharat rathna?

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    In fact, Rajiv Gandhi was the first prime minister to have initiated the economic reforms. After Rajiv's untimely demise, P V Narasimha gave the necessary thrust.

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  • Penganna., Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    When person like Mulayam Singh Yadav gets Padma Bhushan any thing can happen ..!!!

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  • alfria, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    PV Narasimha didn't do the economic turn around it was Dr. Manmohan Singh who was a finance minister who did it, this is appeasement politics going on Charan Singh because he wants jayant choudhary in UP , narshimha because he wants AP people support for seat, don't be surprised if some more names may come up from south

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    NO OTHER INDIAN PM BEFORE OR AFTER HAS GIVEN UP THE POWER OF MONEY, unfortunately it's just politics and his courage will be forgotten tomorrow.

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Clever and it is 100% true👍

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024 is PVN who bought Manmohan Singh into his cabinet as finance minister. MMS was not in politics that time. So credit should go to PVN for bringing in capable finance minister and that was the need of the hour. Also, MMS did his best and he was given free hand by PVN for the sake of the nation.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Narendra Modi hit the axe on his own leg by awarding Bharat Ratna to Narasimha Rao ...

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  • Roland, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    India Jewel award has become a joke now.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    After. Realising. No. Traction. Ayodhya temple. Lord. Rama. Lord hanuman. (Administration All round failure ..) ..... BJP. Now hoping to get votes. By. Suddenly remembering to give bharat Ratna It is ten years. Since bjp came to power now. ALL POLITICS AND CHICANERY

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    election gimmicks by pakoda master and company...nothing else to show to the cover up 10 years of lies this kind of cover up act is done...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Soon they may give that award to Sonia Gandhi family.if they join BJP.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    How to read your statement..., Can we say that the value of Bharat Ratna come down or due to the kind of less literate and/or illiterate political leadership....,

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  • SURYA, Puttur

    Sat, Feb 10 2024

    We can understand your frustration

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  • Deepak DC, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    A real master stroke..... !

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Shri Narasimha Rao deserves it. He brought in economic reforms which propelled India to a good position. He brought down the Incometax rates drastically and the government collection increased due to better compliance.

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    MS truly deserves the highest honor... Political bigwigs are uncountable... Probably Charan Singh could have been replaced by Ratan Tata... PVN must be a ploy just as praising MMS in parliamentary speech... Anyways we commoners have to accept without choice... One more headache for students to remember more names of politicians...

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  • Santhosh Santhu Vasaam, Kudlaa

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Well deserved albeit late for the three who have contributed immensely towards the development of India. Won’t be surprised if Rahul Ghandhi also gets the Bharath Ratna - Election time anything possible…..

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