The Centre on Friday conferred Bharat Ratna, country's highest civilian honour, on late singer Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously). The award was also conferred on Shri Nanaji Deshmukh and former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee.
"The songs and music of Shri Bhupen Hazarika are admired by people across generations. From them radiates the message of justice, harmony and brotherhood. He popularised India's musical traditions globally. Happy that the Bharat Ratna has been conferred on Bhupen Da." – PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
"#BharatRatna for the Bard of Brahmaputra Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, one of India's greatest sons and unifiers. Great honour for Assam and its glorious culture. Thanks PM @narendramodi ji. A proud moment for all of us. Congratulations to all." – CM Sonowal tweeted.