Padma Awards nominations: MS Dhoni, Zakir Hussain, Arnab Goswami don’t make it

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New Delhi | Published: March 27, 2017 9:02:36 PM

There is no reason provided by the Home Ministry for for rejecting names. The government turned down down proposals including BJD MP Baijayant Panda, air hostess (the late) Neerja Bhanot, former cricket captain M S Dhoni and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, to grant the prestigious Padma awards.

MS Dhoni, Ram Rahim, Anu Malik, Zakir Hussain, Padma Awards, list of nominations, politicians, celebrities, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, Home MinistryEminent personalities like MS Dhoni, Ram Rahim, Anu Malik and Zakir Hussain were dropped from the list of nominations for Padma Awards. (IE)

Eminent personalities like MS Dhoni, Ram Rahim, Anu Malik and Zakir Hussain were dropped from the list of nominations for Padma Awards. In a list of nominations which was acquired by Indian Express which had 18,768 nominations, didn’t bear names of some prominent politicians and celebrities. The others who fell short also included Hindustani classical vocalist Pt Ajay Pohankar who was recommended by BJP MP and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

There is no reason provided by the Home Ministry for for rejecting names. The government turned down down proposals including BJD MP Baijayant Panda, air hostess (the late) Neerja Bhanot, former cricket captain M S Dhoni and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, to grant the prestigious Padma awards.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who were awarded the Padma Vibhushan, are also 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, Indian Express report said.

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The award ceremony is likely to be held later this month at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ram Rahim, who is a spiritual leader and also produced and acted in films. Bhanot, who was killed during a hijack in 1986, was nominated by BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher. She garnered attention after her death when a biopic on the airhostess, starring Sonam Kapoor, was released last year.

The nominees who did not make the final list also 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. NIA’s founding chief, the late Radha Vinod Raju, was nominated by one Bhaarath Chandresh Shah from Chennai, his name was also dropped.

Among the Bollywood celebrities Manoj Bajpayee, actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan and filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who were dropped from the list. BJP MP from Mumbai, Poonam Mahajan, nominated Indian classical musician Ghulam Mustafa Waris Khan.

Eighteen names were considered by the panel who decides names, the names included S Chinny Krishna, vice-chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. But only three of those 18, musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar, were named for the awards.

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Some personalities who dominate many homes through headlines every other day, like 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 were rejected.

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 that screened 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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