Noted Kerala literary critic and political commentator Sukumar Azhikode has turned down the Padma Shri, terming the awards are unconstitutional.
"According to the Constitution, no citizen should be awarded because it leads to discrimination. This is not like a literary award," said the 75-year-old writer and speaker, known for his razor sharp tongue and views.
However, former Supreme Court judge KT Thomas, who has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, said the apex court has ruled that these awards should not be used as a title.
"Because of that I will not use this award alongside my name," said Thomas.
Amongst the other awardees from Kerala are dramatist Kavalam Narayana Panicker who got the Padma Bhushan. Master weaver P Gopinathan has got the Padma Shri.