NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, will be honoured the Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.
The 83-year-old Mukherjee was selected for Bharat Ratna - India's highest civilian award, in January of 2019.
The announcement was made on January 25 in a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
India's 13th President Mukherjee's life-long political career spanned about five decades.
He held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
After being selected for India's highest civilian award, he had expressed his gratitude on being conferred with the Bharat Ratna.
"It is with a deep sense of humility and gratitude to the people of India that I accept this great honour 'Bharat Ratna' bestowed upon me. I have always said and I repeat, that I have got more from the people of our great country than I have given to them", Pranab Mukherjee had tweeted on January 26.
Born on December 11, 1935, in a Bengali family in Mirati- a village in Birbhum district in West Bengal.
He completed his Masters in Political Science and History and LLB degree from the University of Calcutta.
The other Presidents, who had been conferred the Bharat Ratna include Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain and V.V. Giri.