Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malaviya

March 30, 2015 04:52 PM

NEW DELHI : President Pranab Mukherjee today conferred the country's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, (posthumously) on freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.The family members of Malviya were present in the Rashtrapati Bhavan to receive the award.The Narendra Modi government had last year announced the decision to confer Bharat Ratna on Malviya and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Born on December 25, 1861, Pandit Malviya was catapulted into the political arena immediately after his first moving speech at the second Congress session held in Kolkata in 1886. He was President of INC in 1909 and 1918.

Setting up Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was one of the major achievements of Madan Mohan Malviya.
On Friday, Vajpayee was conferred with the Bharat Ratna by the President in a brief ceremony at former's 6, Krishna Menon Marg residence.

Apart from them following names received the award too:
Padma Bhushan
Rajat Sharma
L. K. Advani
Sudha Raghunathan
Harish Salve
Guru Satpal
Dr Ashok Seth

Padma Shri
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Ashok Gulati

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