New Delhi:26/1:(odiannews):Former President Pranab is been awarded with the highest honour of the country Bharat Rant . Along with him renowned social activist Nanaji Desmukh and great musician Bhupen Hazarika.The President of India declared the names last evening .
Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh, a former Rajya Sabha member who died in 1990, was a social activist who worked in the fields of health care, education and rural affairs, and was a key organiser for the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the BJP, in the 1970s. He is a revered figure in the Sangh, which, in recent months, has shown increasing signs of restiveness over what it sees as a delay in building the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Hazarika, a singer, songwriter and film-maker, is from Assam and was regarded as one of the most prominent personalities from the north-east until his death in 2011. The BJP has made big inroads in the region over the last five years but is facing a backlash because of a proposed amendment to the citizenship act that will grant faster citizenship to minority refuges from Muslim-majority nations Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
“It is with a deep sense of humility and gratitude to people of India that I accept this great honour bestowed upon me. I have always said and I repeat, that I have got more from the people of our great country than I have given to them,” said Mukherjee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was delighted that the former President was given the award. “Pranab Da is an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels,” he said in a tweet.