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Padma nominations: M S Dhoni, SC judge, Ram Rahim among those turned down by govt

The others who fell short also included music composer Anu Malik and Hindustani classical vocalist Pt Ajay Pohankar were recommended by BJP MP and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2017 2:50 pm
The Home Ministry has not cited reasons for rejecting the names.

THE GOVERNMENT turned down proposals to grant the prestigious Padma awards to some prominent politicians and celebrities, including BJD MP Baijayant Panda, spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, air hostess (the late) Neerja Bhanot, former cricket captain M S Dhoni and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, according to the list of 18,768 nominations made public by the Home Ministry.

The names of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who were awarded the Padma Vibhushan, are not on the nomination list. Officials said they were conferred the highest civilian award under the “public affairs” category, which falls under the government’s discretion — the list does not mention who nominated them.

The award ceremony is likely to be held later this month at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

According to the list, the maximum number of nominations were received in the name of Ram Rahim, who has also produced and starred in three movies. Bhanot, who was killed during a hijack in 1986, was nominated by BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher. A biopic on the airhostess, starring Sonam Kapoor, was released last year.

The Home Ministry has not cited reasons for rejecting the names.

The nominees who did not make the final list included Supreme Court judge, Justice Amitava Roy, who was part of the bench that convicted former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s aide, V K Sasikala, in a disproportionate assets case. And, NIA’s founding chief, the late Radha Vinod Raju, who was nominated by one Bhaarath Chandresh Shah from Chennai.

Among the Bollywood celebrities who didn’t make the last cut are actor Manoj Bajpayee, whose name was recommended from Bihar; actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan and filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who were nominated from Mumbai.

The others who fell short also included music composer Anu Malik and Hindustani classical vocalist Pt Ajay Pohankar were recommended by BJP MP and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. BJP MP from Mumbai, Poonam Mahajan, nominated Indian classical musician Ghulam Mustafa Waris Khan.

The awards search committee, comprising bureaucrats and eminent personalities. considered the names of 18 others including S Chinny Krishna, vice-chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. Only three of those 18, musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar, were named for the awards.

Among the other nominees who didn’t make it were archer Dola Banerjee from West Bengal; former Olympic champion and shooter Abhinav Bindra; badminton player Jwala Gutta; singer Sonu Nigam; actor Sridevi Kapoor; anchor and journalist Arnab Goswami; media personality Pritish Nandy; and, fashion designer Rohit Bal.

In all, 89 persons were conferred the Padma awards in January, including seven Padma Vibhushan, seven Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri winners. The search committee, set up to screen the nominations, comprised the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary to the President, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Home Secretary, actor Waheeda Rehman, journalist and MP Dr Harivansh; political analyst S Gurumurthy; and, badminton player turned coach Pullela Gopichand among others.


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    IML sood
    Mar 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm
    Phobia of Nehru hi clan is still in the minds of those who are beneficieries and this is the time to pay back though in heats of heart they are aware that what they deserve to ruin this country. One can quote Khujli here whose Aaptards want he should be given award for abusing every system,demeaning all Coniuonal insutions,efforts to bring anarcy in the country and many more such qualities.
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      Award Recipients
      Mar 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm
      If IE had been reporting these things for the last 35 years the award wapasi gang would have been different. Where are similar reports on the Padma shree and other GOI awards distributed to family and friends over the last 70 years? How many of you have been recipients of the paid awards?
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        Dr.Damodar Biswal
        Mar 27, 2017 at 6:01 am
        At least Padma awards ,to some extent ,has been made transparent.Opinion may differ but was there any necessity to award Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar?
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          Mad about
          Mar 27, 2017 at 4:30 am
          MS Dhoni deserves Bharat Ratna, nothing less than that. What he has done for cricket frenzy Indians, no one, I repeat no one has done, not even Tendulkar. Dhoni made Indian cricket fans proud to be Indians by winning 2 world cups and making India no 1 in all formats of the game.
          1. J
            Mar 27, 2017 at 7:23 am
            Nehru needed no bharat ratna,he was one.Rest are fake ratans.
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