Karpoori Thakur, a prominent socialist leader and former Bihar chief minister will be awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously, the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced on Tuesday (23 January).
The announcement to honour Thakur with India's highest civilian award comes a day before his 100th birth anniversary.
In a post on X, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Thakur as the "beacon of social justice".
"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," PM Modi said.
PM Modi further said that the prestigious recognition is a testament to Thakur's enduring efforts as a champion for the marginalised and a stalwart of equality and empowerment.
"His unwavering commitment to uplift the downtrodden and his visionary leadership have left an indelible mark on India's socio-political fabric," PM Modi said.
"This award not only honours his remarkable contributions but also inspires us to continue his mission of creating a more just and equitable society," he added.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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