Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
This year too there is a list of heroes in various disciplines/fields of activities that can be found here. All the heroes deserve this prestige and motivation to continue their work towards improving and setting examples in the human society.
A few examples can be viewed below:
- Jagdish Lal Ahuja: Selflessly organizing langars (free food drives) for 500+ poor patients everyday for 2 decades.
- Yogi Aeron: Treating burn and bite victims for free in the Himalayas for over 35 years.
- Abdul Jabbar: Fought for fair treatment and rehabilitation of Bhopal Gas Tragedy survivors for over 3 decades.
- Arunoday Mondal: Tirelessly providing medical aid to the need in remote Sunderbans for 2 decades.
- Harekala Hajabba: Fruit vendor who has devoted his life and life’s earnings towards educating others.
- Javed Ahmad Tak: Improving lives of Kashmir’s divyang (people with disabilities) children.
- Himmata Ram Bhambhu: Farmer who has planted hundreds of thousands of trees in desert areas of Rajasthan.
- Kushal Konwal Sarma: Extraordinary Elephant doctor devoted to Asia’s gentle beast.
- Moozhikkal Pankajakshi: Only practitioner of Nokkuvidhya Pavakalli, a traditional puppetry art, very difficult to perform.
- Munna Master: Bhajan (Hindu worship songs) singer from a traditional Muslim family, epitome of India’s syncretic ethos.
- Mohammad Sharif: Bicycle mechanic who has been performing last rites of thousands of unclaimed dead bodies for last 25 years.
- Popatrao Pawar: Transformed a drought prone village in a green model village.
- Rahibai Soma Popere: Self-taught tribal woman famous globally for her work in agro bio-diversity conservation, particularly of indigenous varieties.
Not that others are not to be mentioned, but above are just a few examples of the diversity of good deeds that are happening around in the world that sometimes do get noticed. If you’re interested, you can find more about all the recipients of the awards. I will do this and I encourage you to look them up so their kindness and good work spreads.
Thank you for your time today!