Republic Day 2016: Dhirubhai Ambani, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Rajinikanth in Padma list

Eminent personalities from across the fields of sports, entertainment and public service are to be awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2016 6:28 pm
Padma Awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri awards, Republic day, Anupam Kher, Saina Nehwal Eminent personalities from across the fields of sports, entertainment and public service are to be awarded with the Awards.

Superstar Rajinikanth, founder of the Reliance empire late Dhirubhai Ambani, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and media baron Ramoji Rao have been chosen for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award, this year. Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan, former DRDO chief V K Aatre, cancer specialist and chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta and eminent Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi and classical vocalist Girija Devi and Indian-American economist Avinash Dixit have also been named for Padma Vibhushan on the occasion of this year’s Republic Day celebrations.

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Noted actor Anupam Kher, singer Udit Narayan, former CAG Vinod Rai, chairperson of media group Bennett, Coleman & Co Indu Jain, sports star Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal, spiritual leaders late Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Tejomayananda and former US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill are among the 19 eminent people chosen for Padma Bhushan.

Industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava and eminent architect Hafeez Contractor also figure in the list of Padma Bhushan awardees.

Renowned sculptor Ram V Sutar, Manipuri theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal, Hindi and Telugu writer Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Sanskrit scholar N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Punjabi journalist Barjinder Singh Hamdard, gastroenterologist D Nageshwar Reddy and scientist A V Rama Rao have been chosen for Padma Bhushan.

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Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who was the prosecution counsel in the Mumbai terror attack case, actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra get Padma Shri.

Actor, the late Saeed Jaffrey, CEO of MasterCard Ajaypal Singh Banga, archer Deepika Kumari, Bharatanatyam dancer Prathibha Prahlad, Gujarati folk musician Bhikhudan Gadhvi, Goa’s musician Tulsidas Borkar and scientist Onkar Nath Srivastava were among those who were named for Padma Shri awards.

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    Am.Baniya.brahmin
    Jan 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm
    It is best to give all awards to AMBANI. That way he cannot return the awards.
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      FekuSarkar
      Jan 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      INDIA is a country of snake and babas, oh forgot to mention IT and all sports etc... Cua its BJP in power
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm
        Sri sri Baba, after PK movie?? This ducking Moody is Feku..... Sri sri Baba, wtf, give to all Babas u mf...
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          JJ
          Jan 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm
          Anupam Kher awarded a higher award than Priyanka Chora or Ajay Devgn? Is it because the two bit actor is older or for the tolerance match he led? His inclusion demeans these awards.
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            JJ
            Jan 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            Is Swami Dayanand Saraswati - the Founder of Arya Samaj being awarded posthumously or is this another person? And if it is indeed the Arya Samaj Founder then he is in the same category is Anupam Kher and ranked lower that the man called Sri Sri Ravi ... Since I'm not sure I shan't say it's repellent sick lowest act of this government
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              amakant
              Jan 25, 2016 at 10:59 am
              Everyone on the list is totally deserving. Good choice.
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                anuj khanijau
                Jan 25, 2016 at 10:18 am
                Roots of this country have always rested in spirituality which has led to its blossoming. It is heartening to see that this is finally being recognized through awards to spiritual leaders as well. While the West is picking up spiritual education from India, it is time that we start internally recognizing its value.
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                  Ashutosh
                  Jan 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                  Congratulations
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                    babita khute
                    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm
                    One person who truly deserves and missing in the Padma Vibhushan list is all time great Kamal Han. He is a true champion of Indian Movies
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                      Balgit
                      Jan 26, 2016 at 6:15 am
                      Its a mockery of the consutional body
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                        Balgit
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 6:07 am
                        Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quote : "Modi has been bashed unjustly for years and years." Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quote : "Few people know Modi has a soft heart." Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quote: "Kejriwal would be a disaster for the country if he is voted power in the Lok Sabha election." I rest my case.
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                          sps
                          Jan 25, 2016 at 11:54 pm
                          Congratulations to Anupam Kher! His hard work during the intolerance debate has paid off.
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                            sivakumar
                            Jan 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                            he teaches not to F#ck others .... can you understand this !!!!
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                              coorgiwala
                              Jan 28, 2016 at 7:47 pm
                              Bye, for now, spiritualism. Detachment from materialism too can wait.
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                                Annu Chopra
                                Jan 26, 2016 at 12:30 am
                                !Wonder why men should celebrate Republic Day and not mourn this day? A consution which allows them and their parents/sisters etc to be treated as born criminals? A consution which merely pretends to grant equality ? A consution which allows violation of Human Rights? Great Founding fathers ,obviously, did not foresee misuse of Consution itself to supress and torture men and their families. 80,000 forced suicides by married men is an unfortunate TRUTH. But that does not bother anyone to demand trashing of draconian 498a/dv/125 etc laws but for one Nirbhaya every hypocrite was shedding tears and laws were changed ??????? Incredible India. Jai Hind!
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                                  Arun
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm
                                  Former CAG Vinod Rai, deserves to get the Padma Bhushan.During UPA II govt rule he exposed MMS Govt over CWG,2 G and Coalgate Scams which were down fall for Congress Rule and beginning of Congress Mukt Bharatdia never had such strong,honest and sincere CAG so far. CAG is empowered to audit all expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of the Centre and States and then expose corrupt Govt provided any CAG is honest and discharges his duties without fear and favour like former CAG Vinod Rai.
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                                    Parappur
                                    Jan 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                    Did you forget to take your medication?
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                                      Deepika
                                      Jan 25, 2016 at 11:18 am
                                      Ajay Dean, Priyanka Chopra??? Very Insulting. .. Legendary,versatile singer Musician Shankar Made vans name not there??
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                                        pandit
                                        Jan 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                                        Visit some Tantrik to cure your chronic painful Piles.
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                                          Guest4321
                                          Jan 25, 2016 at 9:58 am
                                          Excellent list of awardees. The plan would be to have people who can return awards for BJP in the future if the need arises.
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                                            KB
                                            Jan 25, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                            all are deserving candidates
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