Actors Kajol and Tabu, cricketer VVS Laxman, wrestler Sushil Kumar, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Brajesh Mishra, national security advisor in the NDA regime, found their names on the list of 128 winners of this year’s Padma awards, announced on Tuesday.
The suspense, however, continued on whether ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar would be awarded the country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.
Mishra was a surprise choice for the country’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan. Ahluwalia, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, noted economist late LC Jain, educationist and former governor AR Kidwai, noted culture personality Kapila Vatsyayan, 13th Finance Commission chairman Vijay Kelkar, first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla and former attorney general K Parasaran are also among the 13 Padma Vibhushan winners.
Among the 31 Padma Bhushan awardees are ITC chairman YC Deveshwar, chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre Rajashree Birla for her contribution in community initiatives and rural development, Max India Ltd chairman Analjit Singh, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, Bollywood veterans Shashi Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman and music composer Khayyam.
Diplomat Shyam Saran, who has been the prime minister’s envoy on the nuclear deal and climate change, and noted urban planner MN Buch also figure in the list.
The list of 83 Padma Shri awardees includes Laxman, Sushil Kumar, weightlifter Kunjarani Devi, ace shooter Gangan Narang and discus thrower Krishna Poonia.
Apart from Kajol and Tabu, other winners from the film industry are actor Irrfan Khan and singer Usha Uthup. All of them have been awarded the Padma Shri.
Noted educationist and former NCERT chief Dr Krishna Kumar, former Delhi University vice-chancellor Dr Upendra Baxi, Kashmir University vice-chancellor Riaz Punjabi and American scholar on Indian history Granville Austin are also on the Padma Shri list.