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  • 25 January, 2021

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Padma Awards 2021

On the evening of 72nd Republic Day, India has honored 119 people from diverse field with the Padma Awards.


  • These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions at Rashtrapati Bhawan..
  • It also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners or NRI or PIO or OCI,16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.
  • Shri Ram Vilas Paswan was conferred the award (Posthumous) in Public Affairs Bihar category.

Padma Awards

  • It is one of the highest civilian Awards of the country.
  • This award is given in three categories namely, the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
  • It is given in various disciplines and fields of activities including the art, public affairs, social work, Trade and industry, science and engineering, medicine, literature, education, sports and civil service.

Padma Vibhushan

  • It is the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.
  • The award was Instituted on January 2, 1954.
  • This award is given for the “exceptional and distinguished service”.
  • It does not differentiate between race, occupation, position, or sex.
  • The award is given for the exceptional and distinguished service.
  • Satyendra Nath Bose, Zakir Hussain, Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher, Nand Lal Bose were among the first recipient of the award in 1954.
  • In the year 2021, this award was given to:
  1. Shri Shinzo Abe – Public Affairs – Japan
  2. Shri S P Balasubramaniam (Posthumous) – Art – Tamil Nadu
  3. Shri Sudarshan Sahoo – Art – Odisha
  4. Belle Monappa Hegde – Medicine – Karnataka
  5. Shri B. B. Lal Others – Archaeology – Delhi
  6. Shri Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous) – Science and Engineering – United States of America
  7. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan – Others – Spiritualism – Delhi

Padma Bhushan

  • It is the third-highest civilian award in India.
  • The award is preceded by the Bharat Ratna & Padma Vibhushan while followed by the Padma Shri.

Padma Shri

  • It is the fourth-highest civilian award of India after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.

Source: PIB

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