The list of this year’s Padma Awadrees makes an interesting reading. Some of them are icons in their respective fields and probably recognition comes a bit late (or rather the award is honored to have such people accepting it) people like
- ISRO Chairman Dr Madhavan Nair
- Atomic Energy Chairman Anil Kakodkar
- Dr AS Ganguly
- Activists like Sunderlal Bahuguna
- CK Prahlad
- Mathoor Krishnamoorthy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
- Dr Utpal Banerjee for what he did in Computer Education in Schools
- Abhinav Bindra
- Ramchandra Guha
- Shamshad Begum
Ashwarya RaiBachhan – she is one of the most well known faces in bollywood and has done an excellent portrayal of one of the least known but very successful ‘First Lady’ of India in Jodha-Akber. But I doubt if the decision to give her the award is not influced by the fact that SP and a certain Amar Singh are supporting the current central Govt.
MS Dhoni & Harbhajan Singh – according to me giving them the award is not significant .. what is astonishing few others who did not get it. Sushil Kumar and Vijender Kumar … both got Olympic medals (Olymic medals in India is a rarity) I am not too sure what Dhoni and Harbhajan did so exceptional in 2008 which can out-weigh the Olympic medals to get the awards. Dhoni’s case is more curious as only last year he was given Khel Ratna .. or just that again Cong is building a case for itself in jhharkhand on the back of a highly apolitical guy.