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What is Bharat Ratna?

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The Bharat Ratna is perhaps the second highest civilian award of India. Established on 2 January 1954, this award is awarded for exceptional performance/service of a higher order without any distinction of gender, race, position, or level of public service.

Since independence from the British, this award has been conferred on an individual citizen of India by the President of India, by the Prime Minister of India, by a Governor-General appointed by the Government of India, and by a High Court judge. Any person holding any of these honours is eligible for this award.

Each award has certain criteria laid down to decide an individual's merit. To begin with, one needs to have been born under the Indian name and have the proof to prove it. The other criteria are as follows: - A citizen of India, a non-immigrant, a non-refugee, a person of Indian origin who have settled abroad for a period exceeding twelve months, an unmarried person, an orphan, an outcast, a convict, an exile, and a woman who have attained the age of 60 years. However, an individual need not be a citizen of India in order to be eligible for this award.

There are many institutions that have the responsibility to confer the Bharat Ratna. The first place that is most likely to confer this award is a university. If it is not a government university, it should be noted that some educational establishments conduct a separate committee to award this award.

There are some other places where you can find the award. It may be offered by the Government of India, through a private organization, by a private individual, through a scholarship organization, by a non-governmental organization, by a corporation, by a bank, and by a publishing house.

It is also possible to get information about the awards through the Government's website. This information will also give you a description of what exactly are Bharat Ratna and the details of the procedures involved in its award.

You will also find some other certain information on the website. including the procedure on how to request for this award. The rules and regulations governing the award will also be given.

There are certain restrictions that may be imposed on your eligibility. For instance, it is not allowed for an eligible Indian citizen to be awarded this award if he has committed a crime that is considered to be a sex offense. In case of an unmarried woman, she must be married, unless she has been previously married, and she must have given birth to a child.

As already mentioned above, you cannot be awarded the award if you are a non-Indian. Similarly, your age is another criterion to be considered while awarding this award.

To get the award, you need to submit an application to the designated authority that is assigned to handle this award. If you are an eligible candidate, then you will be given the award without any formalities. However, if you do not meet all the requirements, then it is important for you to apply. In such cases, you will have to wait until the next year when you can apply for the award.

Certain rules apply in cases of individuals. For instance, your family members cannot be the recipients. Your parents or siblings cannot be given this award.

An alternate name for the award may be known as the Saktachalam. This means "nationality medal." The recipient may not be required to wear this award during his/her lifetime.

The awards are presented at the end of a year, in the presence of the President of India and certain government officials. You should also be present for the award ceremony to accept the award.

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