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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First Published on: March 27, 2017 4:57 am
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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.
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            jagar
            Mar 27, 2017 at 7:23 am
            Nehru needed no bharat ratna,he was one.Rest are fake ratans.
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              Basavaraj k
              Mar 27, 2017 at 9:06 am
              What Bharat ratna for india stan parion? what a junk comment.
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                PARKASH CHANDRA
                Mar 27, 2017 at 11:20 am
                PADMA AWARDS: Minute care and caution needed to select and confer these awards. These are National Awards awarded by President however should have the likings and aspiration of peoplelt;br/gt;that they had been given to the right deserving leaving behind the political ting to it. Without anylt;br/gt;Prejudice. Regards.
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                  Praveen Roy
                  Mar 27, 2017 at 10:57 am
                  For your information many hockey players who have been awarded padma awards since their inception. Get your facts correct and then speak.
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                    Praveen Roy
                    Mar 27, 2017 at 10:53 am
                    How can you question Bharat Ratna being awarded to Sachin Tendulkar? Have you no shame? Dhoni has done more to deserve any civilian awards than Sharad Pawar. Get your head out of your .
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                      rsk nair
                      Mar 27, 2017 at 7:24 am
                      Nice to see all Modi haters and anti-nationals getting their backs burned 24/7. The UP win has literally sent the strongest message to all anti-nationals. Under the garb of a Laxmikaant you can't hide your true stani ideny. Go lick the boots of sickular parties, BJP is here for ever.
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                        Sarat Kumar
                        Mar 27, 2017 at 5:47 am
                        But BJP is not proud of Dhoni. How they will facilitate him ? Yes One thing If he agrees to join BJP or RSS in the near future, then his name can be considered. long live fake nationalist
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                          Patriot
                          Mar 27, 2017 at 2:42 am
                          The value of Bharat Ratna also get zero value when criminals and corruptive people are being selected. Tomorrow MODI will also get Barat Ratna, what nice feeling a top 10bgoogle searched criminal becomes Bharat Ratna.
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                            sriram
                            Mar 27, 2017 at 6:30 am
                            Best way is to abolish all the padma awards
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                              sriram
                              Mar 27, 2017 at 6:32 am
                              absolutely right. Nehru family has 3 BR awards. The day nehru got it it lost its relevance and strengthened when MGR was given
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                                sriram
                                Mar 27, 2017 at 6:31 am
                                your name suggests your character
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                                  An Indian
                                  Mar 27, 2017 at 8:23 am
                                  Helo Laxmikant, they really do deserve. Have you ever noticed or heard about the services rendered by the RSS. Try to be smart.
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                                    An Indian
                                    Mar 27, 2017 at 8:31 am
                                    Most of the awardees and beneficieries of earlier Cong. govt. are soothsayers of the party. This is clear from the atude of Rajdeep Sardesai and all. They do the praising for what they got.
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                                      An Indian
                                      Mar 27, 2017 at 8:27 am
                                      Mr. Nair, These people are not Modi baiters, they are simply s, they do not know anything, understand anything from anybody. They are followers of the lover of the wife last governor general in India, about whom her own daughter written very badly in her memoirs..
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                                        terrible
                                        Mar 27, 2017 at 11:40 am
                                        Just compare Nehru book - Discovery of India and compare with parrot Moody boasting talks....You know where you are.
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                                          terrible
                                          Mar 27, 2017 at 11:35 am
                                          what was RSS role in freedom and what it did to avoid parion? why only Nehru responsible? Nehru was a leader of stature even none can come close to 10% of him. It is acknowledged universally. He laid foundation of all important insutions and guided the destiny from scratch when country was at crossroads. A man of vision and wisdom well above petty ideologies.lt;br/gt;Let bhuk-ta keep barking, history cannot be negated. Present day power hungry criminal politicians and black money paid bhuk-tas will be exposed sooner than later.
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