APJ Abdul Kalam Bharat Ratna with Family members and friends

The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted in 1954, the award is conferred “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order”, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1998. Dr Kalam seen with his elder brother APJ Marakayar and his grandsons APJMJ Sheik dawood, APJMJ Sheik Saleem, His close friends Dr. Y S Rajan , Prof. N Balakrishnan, Secretaries Mr H Sheridon, Mr Prasad.