India | Padma Shri | Award | 14th November 2021 | Virtual Wire
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Honourable President Of India Shri Ramnath Kovind on November 8 presented Padma Awards to 141 awardees for the year 2020.
The ceremony didn't take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hence was held this year Out of the 141 awardees many come from a very simple background and have worked with immense dedication for the country's betterment despite the numerous hardships. This initiative of the Government of India to honour the grass-root workers has been discussed widely and lauded a lot by all the countrymens'. So here's a list of some real heroes who come from a very humble background and have been rewarded with the prestigious honour.
Tusli Gowda hails from a village in Karnataka and is a 72-year-old environmentalist who has planted over 30,000 saplings. She's regarded as an "encyclopedia of forests" and is also involved in environmental conservation.
Krishnammal Jagannathan, also known as Amma, hails from Tamil Nadu and is a social worker who travels to remote rural areas bringing social, economic and political transformation through propagating the philosophy of non-violence.
Harekala Hajabba is an orange vendor from Mangaluru, Karnataka who from his savings built a school in his village.
Dalavayi Chalapathi Rao
Rao is a renowned artist in leather puppetry and hails from Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh. He was awarded the Padma Shri award for his contribution to the field of art.
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Manjamma is a transgender folk artist, she received the Padma Shri for her contribution to the arts.
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Bhuri Bai hails from the Jabhua district in Madhya Pradesh. She in her initial days has also worked as construction labour. Bhuri is the first woman from the Bhil community to paint on paper and canvas.
Nanadro B. Marak
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He is an organic farmer of the “Karimunda” variety of black pepper from the West Garo Hills of Meghalaya. He also conducts training sessions for farmers which have benefitted more than 8000 farmers.
Do you know why PM Narendra Modi is being credited for this change? It's because it was him who in August 2017 ended the old practice of Ministers recommending names for the Padma Awards and opened up the recommendations online for all citizens. This indeed was a great visionary step and hence people also termed it as "Democratizing Of Padma Awards".