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Former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur to be awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously

The government's decision to award Bharat Ratna to 'Jan Nayak' Karpoori Thakur has come ahead of his birth centenary on January 24, 2024. Known affectionately as ‘Jan Nayak’ (People’s Leader), Thakur’s simplicity in his personal conduct was highly inspiring, it said.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: January 23, 2024 20:45 IST
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Image Source : @NARENDRAMODI Former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur to be awarded Bharat Ratna.

Karpoori Thakur, former Bihar Chief Minister, will be awarded India's highest civilian -- Bharat Ratna (posthumously), the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced on Tuesday. Karpoori Thakur was known for championing the cause of the backward classes.

Government's announcement to award Bharat Ratna to Karpoori Thakur has come ahead of his 100th birth anniversary on January 24. Karpoori Thakur has been a two-time Bihar Chief Minister.

Taking to social media platform X, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he's delighted that the Government of India has decided to confer the Bharat Ratna to Karpoori Thakur Ji at a time when we are marking his birth centenary.

"I am delighted that the Government of India has decided to confer the Bharat Ratna on the beacon of social justice, the great Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur Ji and that too at a time when we are marking his birth centenary. This prestigious recognition is a testament to his enduring efforts as a champion for the marginalized and a stalwart of equality and empowerment," PM Modi wrote on X.

"His unwavering commitment to uplift the downtrodden and his visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on India's socio-political fabric. This award not only honours his remarkable contributions but also inspires us to continue his mission of creating a more just and equitable society," the Prime Minister said.

Government honours Karpoori Thakur with Bharat Ratna

Late Shri Karpoori Thakur was a stalwart of social justice and an inspiring figure in Indian politics, the government said.

This prestigious award is a tribute to Karpoori Thakur’s lifelong dedication to the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of society and his relentless fight for social Justice, it said.

Known affectionately as ‘Jan Nayak’ (People’s Leader), Thakur’s simplicity in his personal conduct was highly inspiring and contribution to Indian politics has been monumental, the government informed.

Legacy of Karpoori Thakur: A Commitment to Social justice

Karpoori Thakur was born in 1924 in one of the most backward sections of society - the Nai Samaj. He was a remarkable leader whose political journey was marked by his unwavering commitment to the marginalised sections of society.

He served as the Chief Minister of Bihar and was a key figure in the struggle against social discrimination and inequality. His commitment to affirmative action gave representation and opportunities to the poor, oppressed, exploited and deprived sections of the country.

His policies and reforms were pioneering in bringing about significant changes in the lives of many, especially in the fields of education, employment and farmer welfare.

By honouring Thakur, the government recognises his role as a symbol of democracy and social justice. The government also acknowledges his deep impact as a motivating figure for the marginalised sections of society. His life and work embody the spirit of the Indian Constitution, which advocates for equality, fraternity, and justice for all.

Inspirational figure for future generations, says Govt

This award is not only a recognition of Thakur’s past achievements but also serves as an inspiration for future generations. It is a reminder of the values that Thakur stood for – simplicity, inclusiveness, and the tireless pursuit of social justice, the Modi government said in a statement.

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