Former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur Posthumously Awarded Bharat Ratna

  • 25 Jan 2024

Recently, the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, conferred the nation's highest honour, Bharat Ratna, posthumously upon former Chief Minister of Bihar, Karpoori Thakur, marking 35 years since his passing in 1988.

Key Points

  • Recognition for a Social Justice Icon: Karpoori Thakur, renowned as "Jan Nayak," served as Bihar's Chief Minister and has been honoured for his enduring commitment to social justice and empowerment of marginalized sections.
  • PM Modi's Commendation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed delight at the decision to confer Bharat Ratna on Karpoori Thakur, recognizing his efforts as a champion for the marginalized and a symbol of equality.
  • Brief Stint as Chief Minister: Karpoori Thakur served as the Chief Minister of Bihar for short periods, from December 1970 to June 1971 and from December 1977 to April 1979.