On January 25, 2021 Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India announced the Padma Awards 2021. The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country are conferred under 3 categories namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. This year(2021) total 119 Padma awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) were awarded.
i.This year(2021) the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved conferment of the awards.
ii.Usually, the President of India confers the awards at a ceremonial function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.
iii.The awards are annually announced on the occasion of Republic Day(January 26) except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.
Padma Awards 2021
i.Of the total awardees, 7 receives Padma Vibhushan, 10 receives Padma Bhushan and 102 receives Padma Shri Awards.
ii.The list includes 29 women awardees, 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/Non resident Indian- NRI/Person of Indian Origin- PIO/Overseas Citizen Of India- OCI, 16 posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardees.
What are Padma Awards?
- It was instituted in 1954 and is given to people who have made achievement in various disciplines/ fields of activities, namely, art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, etc.,
- It is conferred on the recommendation of the Padma Awards Committee which is constituted by the Prime Minister annually.
i.It is the second-highest civilian award of India, after the Bharat Ratna.
ii.It is given for exceptional and distinguished service.
Key Persons Who Received the Award:
i.Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, S P Balasubramaniam(Posthumously) and Eminent sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo from Odisha were conferred with Padma Vibhushan 2021.
ii.In addition to them, Father of Fiber Optics Narinder Singh Kapany conferred Padma Vibhushan posthumously
List of Padma Vibhushan Awardees 2021:
|Art||S P Balasubramaniam|
|Tamil Nadu, India|
|Sudarshan Sahoo||Odisha, India|
|Public Affairs||Shinzo Abe||Japan|
|Medicine||Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde||Karnataka, India|
|Science and Engineering||Narinder Singh Kapany|
|Others- Spiritualism||Maulana Wahiduddin Khan||Delhi, India|
|Others- Archaeology||B. B. Lal|
It is the third-highest civilian award and is conferred for distinguished service of a high order.
Key Persons Who Received the Award:
i.Ram Vilas Paswan(Posthumous), who was the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (elected from the Hajipur constituency of Bihar) was honoured with Padma Bhushan 2021.
ii.Apart from him, Tarun Gogoi, former Assam CM who was the longest serving CM of the state and prominent Shia preacher Maulana Kalbe Sadiq received this award.
iii.The also includes, Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Muslim cleric Kalbe Sadiq (posthumously), Retired 1967 batch IAS officer Nripendra Mishra and Former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel (posthumously) also received this award.
List of Padma Bhushan 2021 Awardees:
|Public Affairs||Tarun Gogoi|
|Ms. Sumitra Mahajan||Madhya Pradesh|
|Ram Vilas Paswan|
|Art||Ms. Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra||Kerala|
|Literature and Education||Chandrashekhar Kambara||Karnataka|
|Civil Service||Nripendra Misra||Uttar Pradesh|
|Trade and Industry||Rajnikant Devidas Shroff||Maharashtra|
It is the fourth-highest civilian award and is conferred for distinguished service
Key Persons Who Received the Award:
i.The Padma Shri awardees 2021 include writer-illustrator Narayan Debnath, Mithila painter Dulari Devi, and Rajasthani music artist Lakha Khan.
ii.Apart from them, Famous illustrator of children’s magazine KC Sivasankar(posthumously), Sridhar Vembu, Founder & CEO of Zoho and Rajini Bector, promoter of FMCG company Mrs Bectors Food Specialities also were conferred with this award.
iii.The list also includes Odisha’s teacher Nanda Prusty, author-commentator Rajat Kumar Kar, social worker Shanti Devi, poet and singer Purnamasi Jani and doctor Krishna Mohan Pathi.
iv.In addition to them, the following are the list of awardees:
- Bangladesh Liberation War fighter Lt. Col. (Retd.) Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir and well known musicologist, Rabindra Sangeet exponent and academic Sanjida Khatun from Bangladesh.
- Veteran table tennis player Mouma Das and the legendary PT Usha’s coach Madhavan Nambiar, better known as OM Nambiar.
- Former India women’s basketball team captain P Anitha, long-distance runner Sudha Singh, former Indian wrestler Virender Singh, para athlete KY Venkatesh and mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa.
List of Padma Shri 2021 Awardees:
|Art||Gulfam Ahmed||Uttar Pradesh|
|Rama Swamy Annavarapu||Andhra Pradesh|
|Ms. Nidumolu Sumathi|
|Subbu Arumugam||Tamil Nadu|
|Ms. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath|
|K C Sivasankar(Posthumous)|
|Ms. Bhuri Bai||Madhya Pradesh|
|Radhe Shyam Barle||Chhattisgarh|
|Biren Kumar Basak||West Bengal|
|Peter Brook||United Kingdom(UK)|
|Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat||Assam|
|Ms. Radhe Devi||Manipur|
|Parshuram Atmaram Gangavane||Maharashtra|
|Ms. Purnamasi Jani||Odisha|
|Matha B. Manjamma Jogati||Karnataka|
|K K Ramachandra Pulavar||Kerala|
|Shri Maheshbhai & Shri Nareshbhai Kanodia (Duo) |
|Ghulam Rasool Khan||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Ms. Sanjida Khatun||Bangladesh|
|Vinayak Vishnu Khedekar||Goa|
|Ms. Dulari Devi|
|Kartar Paras Ram Singh||Himachal Pradesh|
|Sports||Ms. P. Anitha||Tamil Nadu|
|Ms. Mouma Das||West Bengal|
|Ms. Anshu Jamsenpa||Arunachal Pradesh|
|Ms. Sudha Hari Narayan Singh||Uttar Pradesh|
|K Y Venkatesh||Karnataka|
|Prakasarao Asavadi||Andhra Pradesh|
|Dharma Narayan Barma||West Bengal|
|Jagadish Chandra Halder|
|Jai Bhagwan Goyal||Haryana|
|Mangal Singh Hazowary||Assam|
|Namdeo C Kamble||Maharashtra|
|Rajat Kumar Kar||Odisha|
|Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap||Karnataka|
|Chaman Lal Sapru|
|Jammu and Kashmir|
|Arjun Singh Shekhawat||Rajasthan|
|Ram Yatna Shukla||Uttar Pradesh|
|Ms. Usha Yadav|
|Ms. Mridula Sinha|
|Kapil Tiwari||Madhya Pradesh|
|Literature and Education- Journalism||Roman Sarmah||Assam|
|Solomon Pappaiah||Tamil Nadu|
|Social Work||Ms. Lakhimi Baruah||Assam|
|Ms. Birubala Rabha|
|Ms. Sangkhumi Bualchhuak||Mizoram|
|Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous)||Uttar Pradesh|
|Ms. Chutni Devi||Jharkhand|
|Ms. Shanti Devi||Odisha|
|Ms. Prakash Kaur||Punjab|
|Ms. Niru Kumar||Delhi|
|Jitender Singh Shunty|
|Shyam Sundar Paliwal||Rajasthan|
|Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal|
|Guru Maa Kamali Soren||West Bengal|
|Marachi Subburaman||Tamil Nadu|
|Trade and Industry||Ms. Rajni Bector||Punjab|
|Ms. Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat||Maharashtra|
|Public Affairs||Ms. Bijoya Chakravarty||Assam|
|Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir||Bangladesh|
|Others-Grassroots Innovation||Ali Manikfan||Lakshadweep|
|Others- Agriculture||Nanadro B Marak||Meghalaya|
|Ms. Pappammal||Tamil Nadu|
|Prem Chand Sharma||Uttarakhand|
|Chandra Shekhar Singh||Uttar Pradesh|
|Medicine||Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal||Punjab|
|Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav||Delhi|
|Dr. J N Pande|
|Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi||Odisha|
|Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar|
|Ashok Kumar Sahu||Uttar Pradesh|
|Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay||Uttarakhand|
|Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh||Bihar|
|Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan|
|Science and Engineering||Rattan Lal||USA|
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About Ministry of Home Affairs
Union Minister– Amit Shah(Constituency- Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat)
Minister of State– G. Kishan Reddy(Constituency- Secunderabad, Telangana), Nityanand Rai(Constituency- Ujiarpur, Bihar)