Bharta Ratna and Padma Awards-2019

Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of India government.  It was instituted in 1954 and the first Bharat Ratna award was given to C. Rajgopalachari for distinguished services to the nation. On the eve of republic day i.e. 26th January., 2020 it was announced to give the following persons:

1. Pranab Mukherjee (1935-

Former President (13th) of India from 2012 until 2017.  He is a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and has held several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India.  He has become the fifth president to receive Bharat Ratna. Other presidents received  this awards are Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain and V V Giri. Thus he joined this elite list.   He has been awarded for his distinguished services to the nation. Before electing as the  President of India, he was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012. He is fondly known as ‘Pranab Da’.

2. Nanaji Deshmukh (1916-2010)

He was a social activist from India.  He was one of the founder member of Bhartiya Jan Sangh.  He had  rendered the great services in the fields of health, education and rural self-reliance. He was credited with establishing  the first Saraswati Shishu Mandir at Gorakhpur in 1950. He was associated with RSS from 1928 to till his death. He is also known for starting a chain of RSS-inspired school throughout India. He was given Padma Vibhusan in the year 1999. Government of India conferred on him Bharat Ratna posthumously for his great services to the nation.

3. Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011)

Posthumously awarded for Bharat Ratna, Bhupen Hazarika was  an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. He was popular known as Sudhakantha. He was appointed as a member of the Prasar Bharati Board in 2003.This man of multi-dimensional personality has also received  Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padma Shri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001).  For his distinguished service to cinema he was also awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1992.

Padma Awards

Padma awards are given for the distinguished service to the individual. These awards are the one of the highest civilian awards and announced every year on the Republic Day. Padma awards are decided by the committee constituted by the Prime Minister of India. Anyone can nominate for these awards, means self-nomination can also be made.

Padma awards are given in the following  categories:

1. Padma Vibhusan (2020): Following seven persons were awarded with this prestigious award:

1. Shri George Fernandes (Posthumous)   – Public Affairs

2.  Shri  Arun Jaitley  (Posthumously)  – Public Service

3. Sir Anerood Jugnauth GCSK  – Public Affairs

4. Smt. M. C. Mary Kom – Sports 

5. Shri Chhannulal Mishra – Art 

6. Smt. Sushma Swaraj  (Posthumous)  – Public Affairs
7. Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous)   – Spiritualism

Padma Bhushan (2020):  116 persons were awarded with this prestigious award:

1. Shri M. Mumtaz Ali (Sri M) – Others-Spiritualism

2. Shri Syed Muazzem Ali(Posthumous)- Public Affairs

3. Shri Muzaffar Hussain Baig- Public Affairs

4. Shri Ajoy Chakravorty- Art

5.Shri Manoj Das- Literature and Education

6. Shri Balkrishna Doshi- Others-Architecture

7. Ms. Krishnammal Jagannathan- Social Work

8. Shri S. C. Jamir- Public Affairs

9. Shri Anil Prakash Joshi- Social Work

10. Dr. Tsering Landol- Medicine

11. Shri Anand Mahindra- Trade and Industry

12. Shri Neelakanta Ramakrishna  Menon (Posthumously)- Public service

13. Shri Manohar Parrikar (Posthumously)- Public Affairs

14. Prof. Jagdish Sheth- Literature and Education

15.  Ms. P.V Sindhu – Sports

16. Shri Venu Srinivasan- Trade and Industry

Padma Shree (2020):

Following 118 persons were awarded with this prestigious award:

1. Guru Shashadhar Acharya – Art

2. Dr. Yogi Aeron- Medicine

3. Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal- Trade and Industry

4. Shri Jagdish Lal Ahuja- Social Work

5.Kazi Masum Akhtar- Literature and Education

6.Ms. Gloria Arieira- Literature and Education

7.Khan Zaheerkhan Bakhtiyarkhan- Sports

8.Dr. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay- Medicine

9.Dr. Sushovan Banerjee- Medicine

10.Dr. Digambar Behera- Medicine

11.Dr. Damayanti Beshra- Literature and Education

12.Shri Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji- Social Work

13.Shri Himmata Ram Bhambhu- Social Work

14.Shri Sanjeev Bikhchandani- Trade and Industry

15.Shri Gafurbhai M. Bilakhia- Trade and Industry

16.Shri Bob Blackman- Public Affairs

17.Ms. Indira P. P. Bora- Art

18.Shri Madan Singh Chauhan- Art

19. Ms. Usha Chaumar- Social Work

20 Shri Lil Bahadur Chettri- Literature and Education

21.Ms. Lalitha & Ms. Saroja Chidambaram (Duo)*- Art

22. Dr. Vajira Chitrasena- Art

23.Dr. Purushottam Dadheech- Art

24. Shri Utsav Charan Das- Art

25.Prof. Indra Dassanayake(Posthumous)- Literature and Education

26. Shri H. M. Desai- Literature and Education

27. Shri Manohar Devadoss- Art

28. Ms. Oinam Bembem Devi- Sports

29. Ms. Lia Diskin Social- Work

30.Shri M. P. Ganesh- Sports

31. Dr. Bangalore Gangadhar- Medicine

32. Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar- Science and Engineering

33. Shri Barry Gardiner- Public Affairs

34. Shri Chewang Motup Goba- Trade and Industry

35. Shri Bharat Goenka- Trade and Industry

36.Shri Yadla Gopalarao- Art

37.Shri Mitrabhanu Gountia- Art

38.Ms. Tulasi Gowda- Social Work

39.Shri Sujoy K. Guha- Science and Engineering

40. Shri Harekala Hajabba- Social Work

41.Shri Enamul Haque Others-Archaeology

42.Shri Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh- Art

43. Shri Abdul Jabbar(Posthumous)- Social Work

44. Shri Bimal Kumar Jain- Social Work

45.Ms. Meenakshi Jain- Literature and Education

46. Shri Nemnath Jain- Trade and Industry

47. Ms. Shanti Jain- Art

48. Shri Sudhir Jain- Science and Engineering

49.Shri Benichandra Jamatia- Literature and Education

50. Shri K. V. Sampath Kumar & Ms. Vidushi Jayalakshmi K.S.(Duo)*- Literature and Education-Journalism

51.Shri Karan Johar – Art

52. Dr. Leela Joshi- Medicine

53. Ms. Sarita Joshi- Art

54.Shri C. Kamlova- Literature and Education

55. Dr. Ravi Kannan R.- Medicine

56. Ms. Ekta Kapoor- Art

57.Shri Yazdi Naoshirwan Karanjia- Art

58. Shri Narayan J. Joshi Karayal- Literature and Education

59.Dr. Narindar Nath Khanna- Medicine

60.Shri Naveen Khanna- Science and Engineering

61. Shri S. P. Kothari- Literature and Education

62.Shri V. K. Munusamy Krishnapakthar- Art

63. Shri M. K. Kunjol- Social Work

64. Shri Manmohan Mahapatra (Posthumous)- Art

65. Ustad Anwar Khan Mangniyar- Art

66. Shri Kattungal Subramaniam Manilal- Science and Engineering

67.Shri Munna Master- Art

68. Prof. Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra- Literature and Education

69. Ms. Binapani Mohanty- Literature and Education

70.Dr. Arunoday Mondal- Medicine

71. Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee- Literature and Education

72.  Shri Sathyanarayan Mundayoor- Social Work

73. Shri Manilal Nag- Art

74.Shri N. Chandrasekharan Nair- Literature and Education

75.Dr. Tetsu Nakamura(Posthumous)- Social Work

76. Shri Shiv Datt Nirmohi- Literature and Education

77. Shri Pu Lalbiakthanga Pachuau- Literature and Education-Journalism

78.Ms. Moozhikkal Pankajakshi- Art

79. Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pattanaik- Literature and Education

80. Shri Jogendra Nath Phukan- Literature and Education

81.Ms. Rahibai Soma Popere- Others-Agriculture

82. Shri Yogesh Praveen- Literature and Education

83.Shri Jitu Rai- Sports

84.Shri Tarundeep Rai- Sports

85. Shri S. Ramakrishnan- Social Work

86.Ms. Rani Rampal- Sports

87. Ms. Kangana Ranaut- Art

88. Shri Dalavai Chalapathi Rao- Art

89.Shri Shahbuddin Rathod- Literature and Education

90.Shri Kalyan Singh Rawat- Social Work

91.Shri Chintala Venkat Reddy- Others-Agriculture

92.Smt. (Dr.) Shanti Roy- Medicine

93. Shri Radhammohan & Ms. Sabarmatee (Duo)*- Others-Agriculture

94. Shri Batakrushna Sahoo- Others-AnimalHusbandry

95. Ms. Trinity Saioo- Others-Agriculture

96. Shri Adnan Sami- Art

97.Shri Vijay Sankeshwar- Trade and Industry

98.Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma- Medicine

99.Shri Sayed Mehboob Shah Qadri alias Sayedbhai- Social Work

100. Shri Mohammed Sharif- Social Work

101. Shri Shyam Sunder Sharma- Art

102.Dr. Gurdip Singh- Medicine

103. Shri Ramjee Singh- Social Work

104. Shri Vashishtha Narayan Singh(Posthumous)- Science and Engineering

105. Shri Daya Prakash Sinha- Art

106.Dr. Sandra Desa Souza- Medicine

107.Shri Vijayasarathi Sribhashyam- Literature and Education

108.Smt. Kalee Shabi Mahaboob & Shri Sheik Mahaboob Subani(Duo)*- Art

109. Shri Javed Ahmad Tak- Social Work 
110.Shri Pradeep Thalappil- Science and Engineering

111. Shri Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi- Literature and Education

112.Shri Robert Thurman- Literature and Education
113.Shri Agus Indra Udayana- Social Work
114. Shri Harish Chandra Verma- Science and Engineering
115.Shri Sundaram Verma- Social Work
116.Dr. Romesh Tekchand Wadhwani- Trade and Industry

117.Shri Suresh Wadkar- Art 

118. Shri Prem Watsa- Trade and Industry

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