From Sundarbans medical professional to Bhopal victims rights activist, India honours its heroes

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BRAND-NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented Padma Awards to the achievers honoured in 2020 for having spent years making a distinction to the masses or contributing to their particular fields and disciplines.
Amongst those handed the Padma medallion and ‘sanad’ at the Civil Investiture Event held nearly one-and-a-half years after it had actually got held off due to Covid break out, consisted of the late Union ministers George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj; along with actress Kangana Ranaut, film manufacturers Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor, boxing champion M C Mary Kom and two-time Olympic medalist P V Sindhu.
The awardees for 2020 consist of previous President and Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth (posthumous), Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (posthumous), classical vocalist Chhannulal Mishra (all provided the Padma Vibhushan); Padma Bhushan winners Manohar Parrikar (posthumous), industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Srinivasan, previous Nagaland chief minister S C Jamir and J&K political leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig; and retired DG Medical Solutions, Flying Force, Air Marshal Padma Bandopadhyay, who was handed the Padma Shri by President Kovind amid loud applause.
The Civil Investiture Event, kept in 2 separate sessions on Monday, was participated in by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Cabinet ministers.
Some heroes who have actually spent a lifetime in social service and were provided Padma Shri in 2020 consist of Abdul Jabbar Khan who has been doing advocacy for victims of Bhopal gas disaster for past 3 years despite having actually lost his family and 50% of own vision to the harmful gas leakage; Usha Chaumar, head of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation; Harekala Hajabba, an illiterate fruit vendor from Karnataka who has actually been providing affordable education to bad kids; Arunoday Mondal, a physician from West Bengal who treats patients in the remote Sundarbans; Ravi Kannan, an oncologist from Chennai who treats cancer patients in Assam’s Barak Valley; S Ramakrishnan, a specially-abled social employee who has actually fixed up over 14,000 specially-abled individuals in Tamil Nadu; and Rajasthan environmentalist Sundaram Verma who has planted 50,000 trees.
The event had its share of glamour with starlet Kangana Ranaut arriving in a stylish cream saree to get the Padma Shri. Her sister Rangoli existed to cheer for her. Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, playback vocalists Suresh Wadkar and Adnan Sami likewise got the honour. Sportspersons who got the Padma Shri consisted of Indian females’s hockey captain Rani Rampal,
Tweeting with the hashtag ‘PeoplesPadma’, Prime Minister Modi stated: “I felt exceptionally happy to see grassroots level achievers being identified for their exemplary efforts to additional public good … From environment to business, farming to the arts, science to social service, public administration to movie theater … receivers of the #PeoplesPadma come from varied backgrounds. I would advise you all to understand about each of the recipients and get motivated”.
House minister Amit Shah tweeted in appreciation of recipients Fernandes, Jaitley and Swaraj. Acknowledging Fernandes’ generous service to the nation, Shah tweeted: “Right from the Emergency age to occupying various positions in the government, he contributed immensely to advance to the country”. On Jaitley, he tweeted: “His knowledge and experience in fields like law, financing and so on made an unforgettable contribution to the development of India … His commitment to nationwide progress will constantly influence us.”
As for Swaraj, Shah tweeted: “The life of late Sushma Swaraj was dedicated to people’s well-being and service of the nation. She will be remembered for linking the external affairs ministry with common individuals”.
While Fernandes and Jaitley’s Padma Vibhushan was gotten by their particular spouses Leila Kabir and Sangeeta Jaitley, Swaraj’s child Bansuri Swaraj received the honour on behalf of her mom.

Released at Tue, 09 Nov 2021 00:27:20 -0600