General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff who was killed last year in a helicopter crash, vaccine makers Krishna Ella, Suchitra Ella, Cyrus Poonawalla, opposition politicians Ghulam Nabi Azad, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and Indian-origin Silicon Valley titans Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai were named for the country’s top civilian awards on Tuesday, the eve of the 73rd Republic Day.
General Rawat has been honoured with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, along with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress and former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been named for the third-highest honour – the Padma Bhushan.
India Today spoke to former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister & President of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference on the Padma awards announcement. Listen in:
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