Independence Day Special: How well do you know India's awards?


Bharat Ratna - This is the highest civilian award given to an Indian. It recognises exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. The Prime Minister recommends names to the President, and a maximum of three nominees are awarded per year. Winners are given a certificate signed by the President and a peepal-leaf–shaped medallion. In the file pic: Legendary Shehnai maestro, Bismillah Khan (L) gestures towards Indian President (R) K. R. Narayanan, as he requests to play at least once in the presidential palace's Durbar Hall, after he received the Bharat Ratna on May 4, 2001. Pic/AFP

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From military to arts and sports, India honours its heroes in every field. We tell you about the history and significance of India's most revered awards