Mulayam Singh Yadav, S M Krishna conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain were conferred the Padma Vibhushan on the occasion of Republic Day 2023.

Other recipients of the country's second-highest civillian award are eminent architect Balkrishna Doshi - who just passed away on Tuesday, doctor Dilip Mahalanabis, who pioneered the wide use of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) that is estimated to have saved over 5 crore lives globally, and Indian American mathematician S.R. Srinivas Varadhan.

This year, 106 Padma Awards, including to 3 duos (where the award is counted as one), have been conferred. Apart from the 6 Padma Vibhushans, including three posthumous, there are 9 Padma Bhushan and 91 Padma Shri awardees. These include 19 women and two foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCIs. Four other Padma Bhushan/Padma Shri awardees are posthumous.

Among the Padma Bhushan winners are businessman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Kannada writer S.L. Bhyrappa, singers Vani Jairam and Suman Kalyanpur, philanthropist and author Sudha Murty.

The 91 Padma Shri awardees include billionaire stockbroker Rakesh Radheshyam Jhunjhunwala (posthumous), M.M. Keeravaani, composer of "RRR" song "Natu Natu", which is in contention for the Best Original Song in this year's Oscars, businessman and "Rasna" founder Areez Khambatta, Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, Iruva tribal snake catchers Vadivel Gopal & Masi Sadaiyan who are global snake savers , Gandhian V.P. Appukuttan Poduval, called "Kannur ka Gandhi" and retired government doctor Ratan Chandra Kar, who treated the Andaman's endangered Jarawas during the Measles epidemic of 1999 and brought them back from the verge of extinction, contributed to increase in population from 76 to 270.

Sportpersons were largely absent from this year's awards with only S.R.D Prasad, K Shanathoiba Sharma, and Gurcharan Singh conferred the Padma Shri.

The awards recognise outstanding contributions are various disciplines/fields of activities - art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

Announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year, the awards are conferred by the President at ceremonial functions held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, usually around March/ April every year.







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  • Adinath, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Padma Bhushan or Vibhushan from A corrupt government at center giving to corrupt politicians. Who cares?

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    giving awards to politicians just decreases its value...that too a big time seeker like s m krishna? this guy made millions under Congress rule and when ED was about to ride his son in laws property jumped into the bjp of the worst creatures..

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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Happy Republic Day to you! Maybe there is something to cheer about ..instead of grumping all the time.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Bharata ratna (highest civilian award in India) was given to one politician by himself to increase value of award...

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  • chandra, Surathkal

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    @ Kujuma, why dont you make movies as you live in imaginary world ...............

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  • ravi, udupi

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    always commenting about love for pigs.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    On India's 74th Republic Day, let's pay homage to the countless sacrifices of our freedom fighters and vow to make this country a better place. Freedom has not come easy, it is because of the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, so never take it for granted. On this day, let us all stand proud and give respect to our nation. Let's feel grateful to be part of such a beautiful country with a rich heritage and culture. May the elected leaders of our nation, guide us to peace and prosperity. Wishing you all a very Happy Republic Day 2023.

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  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Too late too little! He deserved Bharat Ratna, decades ago.

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