President of India Pranab Mukherjii on 27 March 2015 presented Bharat Ratna award to Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his home. Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian honour.
He is the seventh prime minister to receive the award after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda.
The award giving ceremony is usually held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, but an exception was made keeping in mind the poor health of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Vajpayee is the first non-Congress prime minister to serve full five years in office. He held the post from 1998 to 2004. In 1996, he had held the post for 13 days. Within two weeks of assuming office for a second time, Vajpayee had ordered nuclear tests at Pokhran.
During his tenure, he is credited with taking bold initiatives, notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with both sides pledging to push for peace and security.
His other awards are:
• Padma Vibhushan in 1992
• Lokmanya Tilak Award in 1994 by Government of India
• Best Parliamentarian Award in 1994.
• Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant Award in 1994
He is famous for his writing style. Some of his penned Autobiographies are:
• Atal Bihari Vaj mem tina dasaka (1992)
• Pradhanamantri Atala Bihari Vajapeyi, chune hue bhashana
• Values, vision & verses of Vajpayee: India's man of destiny
• India's foreign policy: New dimensions
• Assam problem: Repression no solution
Where: at his home
When: 27 March 2015