Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have humbly declined to accept the Padma award which was slated to be awarded on the occasion of 66th Republic Day. Instead, both of them recommended on Saturday that the prestigious Padma Vibushan, the second highest civilian award, should be given to some other 'great' person.
A husband-wife duo - both professors at the University of Chicago - who were named for India`s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, in the foreigners category Sunday said they were "grateful for the honour".
A technicality in the government rules for posthumous Padma Awards has rendered India`s first individual Olympic medallist K D Jadhav ineligible for the coveted civilian honour and his son Ranjit is so aghast that he now wants to throw away the bronze his "forgotten" father won in 1952.
Jaspal Bhatti, the genial sardar who not just brought on a smile but also provoked introspection with his biting wit and satire, has been posthumously named Padma Bhushan honour on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
Two Union Ministers and a
prominent US Congressman recommended the name of controversial
NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal for the prestigious Padma
awards, the Government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.