Morarji Desai – Bharat Ratna Adward Winner
Born on the 29th of February in the year 1896, Morarji Desai was a renowned independence activist who went on to become the fifth prime minister of independent India, and served the country from the year 1977 until 1979.
The first individual to form a non-Congress government, his political career witnessed him take up a number of responsibilities, such as the Home Minister, the Finance Minister, the Chief Minister of Bombay (now Mumbai), as well as the Deputy Prime Minister of the nation.
His contributions in promoting peace in the world, especially between the all time arch rivals India and Pakistan is applauded by both the nations, and he made a record for himself by being the only Indian till date, to have been honored by the Pakistani government with their highest civilian award, i.e. the Nishan-e-Pakistan Award, in the year 1990.
He had also made significant contributions to the fields of health, administration and social progresses in the country. The Indian government honored him with the Bharat Ratna Award in the year 1991.
He breathed his last on the 10th of April, in the year 1995, at the age of 99 at the capital city of New Delhi in India.