The chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar, environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna, Olympic Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and MS Dhoni (from left in the pictures) are among 133 personalities honoured with the Padma awards this year.
Kakodkar, who helped bring the Indo-US civil nuclear deal to fruition, ISRO chief Dr G Madhavan Nair, the man behind Chandrayaan, Sister Nirmala of the Missionaries of Charities and the 82-year-old Bahuguna were among the ten to get the Padma Vibhushan.
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Knowledge Commission chairman Sam Pitroda are on the Padma Bhushan list.
Team India cricket captain MS Dhoni, spinner Harbhajan Singh, singer Udit Narayan, actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, and world billiards champion Pankaj Advani will get the Padma Shri.
Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by Government servants. The recommendations for Padma Awards are received from the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, Central Ministries/Departments, Institutions of Excellence, etc. which are considered by an Awards Committee. On the basis of the recommendations of the Awards Committee, and after approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President, the Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day.
A total of 133 Padma awards were announced — 10 Padma Vibhushan, 30 Padma Bhushan and 93 Padma Shri.
Padma awardees for 2009:
Padma Vibhushan Awardees
Dr Chandrika Prasad Srivastava -- Civil Service
Sunderlal Bahuguna -- Environment
Prof D P Chattopadhyaya -- Literature
Prof Jasbir Singh Bajaj -- Medicine
Dr Purshotam Lal -- Medicine
Govind Narain -- Public Affairs
Dr Anil Kakodkar -- Science
G Madhavan Nair -- Science
Sister Nirmala -- Social Work
Dr A S Ganguly -- Trade & Industry
Padma Bhushan Awardees
G Sivarama Krishna Murthy -- Art
Prof Ramanlal C Mehta -- Art
Shamshad Begum -- Art
V P Dhananjayan & Shanta Dhananjayan -- Art
Dr Vaidyanathan Ganapathi Sthapati -- Art
S.K. Misra -- Civil Service
Shekhar Gupta -- Journalism
Prof. Alappat Sreedhara Menon -- Literature
C.K. Prahlad -- Literature
D. Jayakanthan -- Literature
Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia -- Literature
Kunwar Narain -- Literature
Prof. Minoru Hara -- Literature
Ramachandra Guha -- Literature
Dr. Brijendra Kumar Rao -- Medicine
Vaidya Devendra Triguna -- Medicine
Dr. Khalid Hameed -- Medicine
Lt.Gen. (Retd.) Satish Nambiar -- Security Affairs
Dr. Inderjit Kaur Barthakur -- Public Affairs
Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh -- Public Affairs
Dr. Bhakta B. Rath -- Science
Shri Conjeevaram Srirangachari Seshadri -- Science
Dr. Gurdip Singh Randhawa -- Science
Sam Pitroda -- Science
Prof. (Dr.) Sarvagya Singh Katiyar -- Science
Prof. Thomas Kailath -- Science
Dr. Naganath Nayakawadi -- Social Work
Dr. Sarojini Varadappan -- Social Work
Abhinav Bindra -- Sports
Anil Manibhai Naik -- Trade & Industry