Awards In India – Sports & Literature, Gallantry And Civilian Awards

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Awards In India

Awards are tokens of recognition, honour & respect towards people for their notable & remarkable societal achievements. These national awards are announced by the government of India to individuals for their impeccable contributions or performances in various fields regardless of their religion, age, caste, occupation etc. Here, we are explaining the list of awards in India under different categories, including Civilian Awards, Gallantry Awards and National Awards.

Here are India’s most popular types of awards:

  1. Civilian Awards
  2. Gallantry Awards
  3. National Sports Awards in India

List of Awards in India: Civilian Awards

The Civilian awards were founded in 1954 to recognise people with commendable accomplishments in their respective work areas. The Indian President acknowledges these awards to the awardees on Republic Day. Civilian awards are divided as per the degree of honour. 

  • Bharat Ratna- First Degree of Honor
  • Padma Vibhushan- Second Degree of Honor
  • Padma Bhushan- Third Degree of Honor
  • Padma Shri- Fourth Degree of Honor

1. Bharat Ratna

On the list of Major National Awards in India, the first is Bharat Ratna. It is India’s highest civilian honor, bestowed on notable individuals for achievements in fields such as science, literature, the arts, public service, and sports.

Awards In India

Bharat Ratna literally means “Indian Jewel” or “Indian Gem.” The winners are recommended to the President by India’s Prime Minister. The recipients of this award receive a certificate signed by the President as well as a medallion in the shape of a peepal leaf. Without exception, the award honors extraordinary service or accomplishment of the highest level. Sachin Tendulkar, who is 40 years old, is the youngest recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award, while Dhondo Keshav Karve, who is 100 years old, is the oldest.

The Bharat Ratna awards will not be given out in 2020 or 2021 or 2022, hence we are presenting the list of Bharat Ratna Award recipients for 2019. The list will be updated by us if the Government Releases the list of awardees.

Name of the Bharat Ratna Award Recipient- 2019Field of the Recipient
Nanaji DeshmukhSocial Activist   Member of RSS A leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh Also, Padma Vibhushan recipient of 1999.
Bhupen HazarikaKnown as Sudhakantha.   Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker.
Pranab MukherjeeIndian Politician, Served as 13th Indian President-2009-2012

2. Padma Vibhushan

Padma Awards are divided into three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. A total of seven Padma Vibhushans, ten Padma Bhushan. For the year 2022, the  Padam Awards have been bestowed on 178 individuals from various filed. Here is the complete list of Padma Awards.

In India, recipients of the Padma Awards are often recommended by an award committee comprised of state governments, union territory administrations, central ministries, or excellence institutions, among others. The awards are handed after the Home Minister, Prime Minister, and President has given their assent to the Awards Committee’s recommendations. The President of India presents these honors, and the names of the award recipients for the year 2021 are listed here. Continue reading to learn more.

Next on the list of majors National Awards, is the Padma Vibhushan  It is India’s second-highest civilian honor. The award is given to persons who have made outstanding contributions in sectors such as social work, public affairs, medicine, literature, sports, and civil service, among others. Every year on Republic Day, the prize recipients are announced.

The following is a list of Padma Vibhushan recipients and the fields in which they excelled:

For the year of 2022 the list is as follows:

Ms. Prabha AtreArtMaharashtra
Shri Radheyshyam Khemka (Posthumous)Literature and EducationU.P.
General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous)Civil ServiceUttarakhand
Shri Kalyan Singh (Posthumous)Public AffairsUttar Pradesh

For 2021 the list is as follows:

SI.No.Padma Vibhushan RecipientsFieldState/ Country
1Shri Shinzo AbePublic AffairsJapan
2Shri S P Balasubramaniam
ArtTamil Nadu
3Dr. Belle Monappa HegdeMedicineKarnataka
4Shri Narinder Singh Kapany
Science and EngineeringUSA
5Maulana Wahiduddin KhanOthers- SpiritualismDelhi
6Shri B. B. LalOthers- ArchaeologyDelhi
7Shri Sudarshan SahooArtOdisha

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3. Padma Bhushan

Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian honor, and it, like other awards, is given to persons who have made outstanding contributions in their professions.

List Of Padma Bhushan

Shri Ghulam Nabi AzadPublic AffairsJammu and Kashmir
Shri Victor BanerjeeArtWest Bengal
Ms. Gurmeet Bawa (Posthumous)ArtPunjab
Shri Buddhadeb BhattacharjeePublic AffairsWest Bengal
Shri Natarajan ChandrasekaranTrade and IndustryMaharashtra
Shri Krishna Ella andSmt. Suchitra Ella* (Duo)Trade and IndustryTelangana
Ms. Madhur JafferyOthers-CulinaryUSA
Shri Devendra JhajhariaSportsRajasthan
Shri Rashid KhanArtUttar Pradesh
Shri Rajiv MehrishiCivil ServiceRajasthan
Shri Satya Narayana NadellaTrade and IndustryUSA
Shri Sundararajan PichaiTrade and IndustryUSA
Shri Cyrus PoonawallaTrade and IndustryMaharashtra
Shri Sanjaya Rajaram (Posthumous)Sci and EnggMexico
Ms. Pratibha RayLiterature and EducationOdisha
Swami SachidanandLiterature and EducationGujarat
Shri Vashishth TripathiLiterature and EducationUttar Pradesh

4. Padma Shri

In the order of rank, Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award. This award is conferred to people for achievements in any field including the service rendered by the Government employees.

List Of Some Padma Shri Awards for 2022

Shri Prahlad Rai AgarwalTrade and IndustryWest Bengal
Prof. Najma AkhtarLiterature and EducationDelhi
Shri Sumit AntilSportsHaryana
Shri T Senka AoLiterature and EducationNagaland
Ms. Kamalini Asthana andMs. Nalini Asthana* (Duo)ArtUttar Pradesh
Shri Subbanna AyyappanScience and EngineeringKarnataka
Shri J K BajajLiterature and EducationDelhi
Shri Sirpi BalasubramaniamLiterature and EducationTamil Nadu
Srimad Baba BaliaSocial WorkOdisha
Ms. Sanghamitra BandyopadhyayScience and EngineeringWest Bengal
Ms. Madhuri BarthwalArtUttarakhand
Shri Akhone Asgar Ali BasharatLiterature and EducationLadakh
Dr. Himmatrao BawaskarMedicineMaharashtra
Shri Harmohinder Singh BediLiterature and EducationPunjab
Shri Pramod BhagatSportsOdisha
Shri S Ballesh BhajantriArtTamil Nadu
Shri Khandu Wangchuk BhutiaArtSikkim
Shri Maria Christopher ByrskiLiterature and EducationPoland

List of Awards in India: Gallantry Award

Gallantry awards are given two times in the year, first, on Independence Day while second on Republic Day. Among the list of awards in India, these awards are given by the Government of India to honour personnel of the Indian Armed Forces for their bravery and sacrifices towards the country.

Take a look at the gallantry award list below-mentioned here:

  • Param Vir Chakra
  • Kirti Chakra
  • Vir Chakra
  • Mahavir Chakra
  • Ashoka Chakra
  • Shaurya Chakra

1. Param Vir Chakra

This award is considered the highest military award in India which is awarded to a soldier for his outstanding bravery, skills & courage at the time of war. These awards were introduced on January 26, 1950. The award refers to the “Wheel of the Ultimate Brave”.

2. Mahavir Chakra

It is the second most popular & highest military award in India after followed by Param Vir Chakra, which is awarded to the soldiers for showing exceptional gallantry & bravery while facing enemies in the wars, whether on land, sea or in the air.

3. Vir Chakra

Vir Chakra is the third highest & most known military award in India, which is granted to soldiers and army officers for bravery while fighting the enemy on the land, sea or air.

4. Ashoka Chakra

This award came into existence in 1952. It was renamed in 1967 to honour the noticeable acts of courage & gallantry on the battlefield while facing the enemy on land, sea or in the air.

5. Kirti Chakra

The Kirti Chakra award was founded in 1952. From January 27, 1967, it started known as Kirti Chakra.

6. Shaurya Chakra

This Indian military award is conferred to army personnel and a civilian for bravery or sacrifice while not indulging in any direct course of actions with the enemy.

List of National Awards in India:

Apart from these Civilian and Gallantry awards, the list of awards in India also includes several National Awards in various categories such as Sports, Cinema, and Literature. Here are some of the National Awards in India:

  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award
  • Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace & Development
  • Gandhi Peace Prize
  • Bhartiya Jnanpith Award
  • Sahitya Akademi Award

1. Dadasaheb Phalke Award

This is the National award given to a film personality for their remarkable works towards the development of Indian cinema. Dadasaheb Phalke is popularly recognised as the Father of Cinema in India, and therefore, the renowned national award is known in his remembrance.

2. Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace & Development

The renowned award was founded in 1985 to honour individuals for their outstanding works for international peace and development.

3. Bhartiya Jnanpith Award

It is the most popular literary award in India, which Bharatiya Jnanpith instituted in 1961. This award is honoured to those who have delivered noticeable works in literature.

4. Sahitya Akademi Award

Founded in 1954 by the government of India, gives these awards to the writers of exceptional books of literary merit.

5. Gandhi Peace Prize

Came into existence on October 2, 1994; the award was given to promote the importance of Gandhi’s values worldwide.

The national awards 2022 winners list:

  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award – Asha Parekh 
  • Bhartiya Jnanpith Award – Damodar Mauzo (Konkani)

FAQs Related to Awards In India

1. Name the highest civilian award in India.

Bharat Ratna is known as the most popular & highest award in the country in the civilian category.

2. Name the Highest Sports Award in India.

Khel Ratna is the most popular and highest award in India for sports.

How many Bharat Ratna winners are there?

Till 2022, there are 48 Bharat Ratna recipients.

Who got Bharat Ratna 2022?

No one received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, for 2022. The Padma Awards, however, were given to 128 winners in total.

Who is the first woman Bharat Ratna award?

As India’s first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1971.

Who was the first Bharat Ratna award winner?

In 1954, the first Bharat Ratna was given to Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Sir C.V. Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari.

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