At least 119 talented people have won India’s Padma Award this year for their contributions in various fields. On November 9, President Ramnath Kobind handed over the award to the recipients.
Out of 119 people, 6 have received Padma Bhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri awards. Of the 119 recipients, 8 were Muslims.
The first was Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, who died in April this year. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the second highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna. A total of 8 people including Maulana Wahiduddin Khan have won awards in this category.
Then there is the late Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Sadiq. He received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. A total of 10 people have won in this category.
Besides, the remaining 102 have received Padma Shri awards. The list also includes the names of 8 Muslims.
They are Ali Manikfan, Gulfam Ahmed, Lakha Khan and Golam Rasool and our two Bangladeshis Sanjida Khatun and Colonel Kazi Sajjad Ali Zahir.
Ali Manikfan has been rewarded for his contribution to grassroots innovation in Lakshadweep. He is a talented marine researcher, environmentalist, shipbuilder and agriculturist.
Gulfam Ahmed is a resident of Uttar Pradesh, India. He has contributed to the development of industry.
Lakha Khan also received the Padma Shri for his contribution to the industry. He is a local musician from Rajasthan.
Ghulam Rasool is a handicraftsman from Kashmir. Before receiving the Padma Shri, he won the national award for textile.
And two Bangladeshis – Sanjeeda Khatun received the Padma Shri award for art and Col. Kazi Sajjad Ali Zaheer received the award for ‘Public Affairs’.