Monday, 23 May, 2022
TopicPadma Bhushan

Topic: Padma Bhushan

Padma Awards 2022 brought back controversies, politics and the question of its relevance

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya declined Padma Bhushan and Ghulam Nabi Azad drew jibes from Congress leaders for accepting the award from Modi govt. But such controversies are not new.

‘No one told me anything,’ ex-West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee refuses Padma Bhushan

Explaining the reasons behind refusal, CPI(M) said the party's policy was not to accept such state awards. Bhattacharjee, 77, has been one of the tallest leaders of Bengal CPI(M).

‘People’s Padma’ Awards shows the best of India, and not just the elite

From nominating deserving people to getting a chance to attend the awards ceremony, the Modi govt has changed the way Indians interact with the Padma Awards.

29% Padma awardees are from 5 poll-bound states and UT, experts say ‘politics as always’

Of the 119 Padma awardees for 2021, as many as 34 are from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bengal, Assam & Puducherry — all headed for polls in April-May this year.

Social worker returns Padma Shri, ex-boxing coach his Dronacharya in solidarity with farmers

Social worker Baba Sewa Singh & ex-national boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu are latest in list of personalities from Punjab who announced their intention to return their awards.

Economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Padma Bhushan awardee, dies at 74

Ahluwalia had, last month, stepped down as chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations due to her declining health.

Sumitranandan Pant, the beloved Hindi poet inspired by Lakshman and Napoleon

The first Hindi poet to be awarded the Jnanpith, he was a poet of nature, influenced by Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi.

Ustad Vilayat Khan — Aftab e Sitar who refused awards and for whom music was the main aim

On his death anniversary, Ustad Vilayat Khan’s disciple Dharambir Singh remembers the life, legacy and motivations of the fascinating genius.

US-based scholar who gave Modi leadership award is one of 16 Padma Bhushan awardees

Dr Jagdish Sheth conferred the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award, given out by World Marketing Summit India, on PM Modi last year.

Remembering Talat Mahmood, the velvet-voiced singer who was called India’s Frank Sinatra

On his 21st death anniversary, ThePrint pays tribute to the king of ghazals in Hindi film music, who gave us hits like ‘Jalte hain jiske liye’.

On Camera

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland | Bloomberg Photo

Davos meetings are full of potential but rarely full of solutions

Time and time again, Davos has fallen victim to a lack of focus and actionable unifying vision. Individual and collective interests have remained unreconciled. 

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Representational image of drone. | Photo: Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg

As drones usher in new era of warfare, India’s growing UAV industry begins to take flight

With a growing indigenous base of drone manufacturers and exporters, and incentives from government, industry sentiment is bullish. However, some concerns remain. 

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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