CHENNAI: Pro-BJP and self-proclaimed godmen, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Baba Ramdev and film industry icons Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth are among the names who will be coffered the Padma awards at this Republic Day.
According to a national newspaper, Advani and Badal are the only two politicians who find place in the list of 148 recipients. Actor Dilip Kumar, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, lyricist and ad guru Prasoon Joshi, who worked on the BJP’s advertisement campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, and scriptwriter Salim Khan, father of actor Salman Khan, also feature in the list.
Saina Nehwal, who recently was in news for protesting against not nominating her, ends on the losing side as her as the sports ministry chooses PV Sindhu over the Olympic medalist. Other sportspersons who will be honored this Jan 26 are hockey team captain Sardara Singh, chess grandmaster Sasikiran Krishnan, wrestler Sushil Kumar, his coach Satpal and Arunima Sinha, the first women amputee mountaineer to climb Mount Everest.
Economist Bibek Debroy, now a member of NITI Aayog, mediapersons Rajat Sharma, Swapan Dasgupta, Hari Shankar Vyas, late actor Pran have also been nominated for the award.
Former bureaucrats who figure in the list are former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami, K S Bajpai, P V Rajaraman. Agriculture economist Ashok Gulati, senior lawyers Harish Salve, K K Venugopal and constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap too will be conferred the country’s highest civilian awards.
Following the recent succesful space missions, two scientists from ISRO, S Arunan of MOM, and S K Shivkumar of Chandrayaan, will be felicitated. Chewang Norphel, popularly known as iceman who built artificial glaciers in Ladakh, Jadav Molai Peyang (tribal environmentalist), Neil Herbert Nonkynrih of the famous Shillong Choir, Manoj Das (Oriya writer) also figure in the list.
Here is the entire list of the Padma awards:
1. Shri K G Subramanyan Art-Painting & Sculpture West Bengal 2. Late Shri Mario De Miranda Art-Cartoonist Goa3. Late (Dr.)Bhupen Hazarika Art- Vocal Music Assam4. Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti Medicine - Orthopedics Maharashtra5. Shri T V Rajeswar Civil Service Delhi
Smt. Shabana Azmi , Shri Khaled Choudhury, Shri Jatin Das Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, Shri Dharmendra Singh Deol alias Dharmendra, Dr. Trippunithwra Viswanathan Gopalkrishnan, Ms. Mira Nair, Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Shri Anish Kapoor, Shri Satya Narayan Goenka, Dr. (Judge) Patibandla Chandrasekhar Rao, Shri George Yong-Boon Yeo,Prof. Shashikumar Chitre, Dr. M S Raghunathan, Shri Subbiah Murugappa Vellayan, Shri Balasubramanian Muthuraman, Dr. Suresh H. Advani, Dr. Noshir H Wadia, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Prof. (Dr.) Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar, Prof. Vidya Dehejia, Prof. Arvind Panagariya, Dr. Jose Pereira, Dr. Homi K. Bhabha, L Shri N Vittal, Shri Mata Prasad, Shri Ronen Sen
Shri Vanraj Bhatia, Shri Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Smt. Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi, Shri Ramachandra Subraya Hegde , Shri Moti Lal Kemmu, Shri Shahid Parvez Khan, Shri Mohan Lal Kumhar, Shri Sakar Khan Manganiar, Smt. Joy Michael, Dr. Minati Mishra, Shri Natesan Muthuswamy, Smt. R. Nagarathnamma, Shri Kalamandalm Sivan Nambootiri, Smt. Yamunabai Waikar, Shri Satish Alekar, Pandit Gopal Prasad Dubey, Shri Ramakant Gundecha, Shri Umakant Gundecha, Shri Anup Jalota, Shri Soman Nair Priyadarsan, Shri Sunil Janah, Ms. Laila Tyebji, Shri Vijay Sharma, Smt. Shamshad Begum, Smt. Reeta Devi,i Dr. P.K. Gopal, Smt. Phoolbasan Bai Yadav, Dr. G. Muniratnam, Shri Niranjan Pranshankar Pandya, Dr. Uma Tuli, Shri Sat Paul Varma, Smt.Binny Yanga, Shri Yezdi Hirji Malegam, Shri Pravin H. Parekh, Dr. V. Adimurthy, Dr. Krishna Lal hadha, , Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan, , Prof. Rameshwar Nath Koul Bamezai, , Dr. Vijaypal Singh, , Dr. Lokesh Kumar Singhal , Dr. Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan, , Prof. Jagadish Shukla, S,* Ms. Priya Paul,, Shri Shoji Shiba,Shri Gopinath Pillai, , Shri Arun Hastimal Firodia, , Dr. Swati A. Piramal, Tr, Prof. Mahdi Hasan, , Dr. Viswanathan Mohan, , Dr. J. Hareendran Nair, Dr. Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan,, Dr. Jitendra Kumar Singh, , Dr. Shrinivas S. Vaishya, , Dr. Nitya Anand, , Late Dr. Jugal Kishore, , Dr. Mukesh Batra, Dr. Eberhard Fischer , Shri Kedar Gurung, , Shri Surjit Singh Patar, Shri Vijay Dutt Shridhar, Shri Irwin Allan Sealy, Ms. Geeta Dharmarajan,, Prof. Sachchidanand Sahai, , Smt. Pepita Seth, ,Dr. Ralte L. Thanmawia,Shri Ajeet Bajaj, Smt. Jhulan Goswami, Shri Zafar Iqbal,, Shri Devendra Jhajrija,, Shri Limba Ram, , Shri Syed Mohammed Arif, ,Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi,, Shri Prabhakar Vaidya, Shri T. Venkatapathi Reddiar, O, Dr. K. (Kota) Ullas Karanth, Shri K Paddayya, Shri Swapan Guha, Dr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said "Govt has not yet announced Padma Awards for 2015. These awards are announced on 25th of Jan every year, on the eve of the Republic Day, The names appearing in the media are speculative and there is no official confirmation for the same,"