Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 25
Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, late singer SP Balasubramaniam and late Moga-born physicist Narinder Singh Kapany are among the seven Padma Vibhushan awardees announced by the government on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day.
Padma Vibhushan for 7
Shinzo Abe, Former Japan PM
NS Kapany, late Moga physicist
M Hegde, ex-chancellor, Manipal University
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Scholar
BB Lal, Acclaimed Archaeologist
S Sahoo, Renowned Sculptor
Padma Bhushan for 10
Ram Vilas Paswan, late Union Min
Tarun Gogoi, late Congress leader
Nripendra Misra, chief of Ram Temple construction committee
Keshubhai Patel, late Gujarat CM
Sumitra Mahajan, Former Speaker
Kalbe Sadiq, late spiritual leader
RD Shroff, United Phosphorus Ltd
Tarlochan Singh, ex-MP from Haryana
KS Chithra, Carnatic singer
C Kambara, Kannada poet
Padma Shri for 102, five from punjab
The others include leading cardiologist and former Chancellor of Manipal University Belle Monappa Hegde, Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, BB Lal, the acclaimed archaeologist who turned 100 last year, and Sudershan Sahoo, a renowned sculptor born in Puri.
While Kapany is known as father of fibre optics, Lal was the first to excavate at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site. Among 10 Padma Bhushan awardees, the most notable ones are late Congress leader and former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and chief of the Ram Temple Construction Committee Nripendra Misra, who was formerly Principal Secretary to PM Narendra Modi.
Late Ram Vilas Paswan and Keshubhai Patel, former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, late spiritual leader Kalbe Sadiq, Rajnikant Devdas Shroff and former MP Tarlochan Singh from Haryana are among Padma Bhushan awardees along with KS Chithra, the Carnatic singer from Kerala, and Chandrashekhar Kambara, a prominent Kannada poet and founder vice chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. Among the 102 Padma Shri awardees are Punjab’s Rajni Bector for trade and industry, Ratan Lal Mittal for medicine, Haryana’s Jai Bhagwan Goyal for literature and education, and J&K’s Ghulam Rasool Khan for art.
Punjab’s Kartar Singh and Haryana’s Virender Singh are also among the Padma Shri awardees in the categories of art and sports, respectively.