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Padma Vibhushan for Shinzo Abe; Padma Bhushan for Sumitra Mahajan; No Scientist or Engineer from India figures in the list

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is being honoured with the Padma Vibhushan – the second highest civilian Award of India and former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is being conferred the Padma Vibhushan, on Republic Day.

This year the President has approved conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one).

No scientist from across India figures in the list of Padma Awardees

Only two persons (both posthumously) are being conferred the Padma Award in Science and Engineering category. Both of them from USA. Dr. NS Kapany is the father of optical fibre and Dr. Rattan Lal a soil scientist.
Government of India has not found a single Indian scientist or engineer from across the vast nation for the coveted Padma Awards this year.

In his address to the nation on Republic Day eve, President Ram Nath Kovind had praised Indian scientists by emphasising how they have strengthened national endeavours and worked day and night for decoding the Coronavirus and succeeded in developing the vaccine in record time.

From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work, the President said adding the Indian scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity.

 The list of those being honoured with the Padma Awards comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.

Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

Sumitra Mahajan says she will not contest 2019 election

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Bhopal/Indore: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who was elected to Parliament from Indore for the eighth time in 2014, today went public and released a letter to the media stating that now she does not want to contest the Lok Sabha election and hence the party is free to nominate its candidate from Indore without hesitation.

Sumitra Mahajan’s letter has come in for sharp criticism because there was no reason for a “committed and devoted party leader” to shoot a letter in public domain to ask “why her party had not declared its candidate from Indore till now and why there was uncertainty in this matter?” During election time, when no party can afford even the minutest of dent in its image, such a poser and the posture adopted by a senior party leader, who began her political career as an ordinary party worker and rose to become the Lok  Sabha Speaker under the BJP umbrella, is being viewed as an unwarranted over-reaction in BJP circles. The issue raised by Ms. Mahajan could have been taken up within the party without going public, a State BJP office bearer said.


English translation of Sumitra Mahajan’s letter

“BJP has not declared its candidate from Indore till now.

Why this uncertainty? It is possible that the party is in a dilemma when it comes to taking a decision (in this regard). Although I had discussed the matter with party seniors much in advance and had left the decision to them. It seems there is still some uncertainty in their mind. Due to this reason, I am announcing that now I don’t want to contest the Lok Sabha election. hence the party is free to take a decision without hesitation.

I am grateful to the people of Indore, who have showered their love on me, the BJP and all its workers who have supported and everyone who stood by me. I express the hope that the party will take a decision without wasting more time so that in the coming days everyone is in a position to work comfortably and there is no uncertainty.”

Politics is the art of deception

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modiNew Delhi : The debate of ruling government versus opposition has reached its boiling point wherein there are no holds barred in war of words and deeds between BJP and Congress. Elections forced Congress to vacate the centre and paved way for a promise-laden Modi-led BJP’s NDA Union government. However, while Congress wore the crown of thorns…oops scams, BJP has managed to adorn its crowning glory with jumlas, degree rows and miscalculated promises.

Result – Congress President Sonia Gandhi, while addressing a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting this Tuesday, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who made “Hawabaazi” (read empty hollow promises). She highlighted that Modi government has failed abysmally and stated evidence in support of her words – U-turn on land acquisition, downward slide of Indian economy, failure of Make In India’s job creation effort, total indecisiveness and random fluctuations on Pakistan policy, rewriting history by defaming Nehru and his clan, repression of media and being an RSS-controlled government (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh).

Immediately, Minister of HRD Smriti Irani mounted a counter attack on Congress President and  Vice-President. Speaking on the Mother-Son duo,  Irani stated that Sonia Gandhi was attacking Modi just because Congress wanted to cover up its own failures.  Rahul Gandhi is the real Hawabaaz, said Irani, referring to Amethi land row, and added that Rahul was pretending to become the messiah of farmers. Irani accused Congress of emptying the coffers of government via innumerable larger-than-life scams.

To this, Veteran Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reacted saying, those without degrees could become Ministers and MPs, thanks to Congress contribution – which brought independence and democracy. Other spokespersons from Congress maintained that Irani should first come clean  on her fake degree scam and then speak on Sonia matters.

A blog written by senior Congress Leader Manishankar Aiyar highlighted the U-turn on Land ordinance. Referring to the original Land Bill passed by Congress-led UPA in 2013, Aiyar recalled how Sumitra Mahajan and Arun Jaitely, the present Lok Sabha Speaker and present Finance Minister, respectively, themselves sat through the entire bill-making process and validated it. Then, when BJP came into power, how these very own politicians joined the chorus of criticizing the 2013 Bill as anti-farmer and made amendments and imposed it via ordinance route. Aiyar smelled a Gujarat Model redo in centre on the recent lapse of Land ordinance. Aiyar claimed that Land ordinance was in total support of industrialists and resulted in farmers getting sidelined and financially being rooted out in the bargain.

NDA government’s U-turn and decision of not going forward with the ordinance and letting it lapse, conveys the dilemma of ruling union government. Connecting the dots, one reaches to the Patel reservation demand, which initiated from Modi-land Gujarat and is threatening to spread nationally, thanks to Hardik Patel. Can the land ordinance (imposed forcefully after NDA takeover in centre) be held responsible for threatening uncertainties in agriculture professionals, resulting in fear of joblessness and forcing them to demand reservation even via protests and agitations, is a point to ponder. Because, the same Land Bill which was criticized by one and all from ruling government stands accepted today by the very same government. All this is fueling the raging debate of Modi government having fallen flat on its face on promises, and lacking in deliverance.