The President of India awards awards to prominent figures on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Republic

By Manal Abdel Fattah

President of India Draupadi Murmu presented the 2024 Padma Awards at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 22, 2024.

In January 2024, the President of India agreed to award 132 Padma Awards on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of India.

Out of the 132 award winners, 30 are women from different walks of life and 8 winners are foreigners, non-resident Indians and overseas Indians.

The Padma Award is the second highest civilian award in India after the Bharat Ratna and is considered one of the most important civilian honors in the world.

The Government of India grants this award every year to individuals in recognition of their significant services in the fields of art, social work, public affairs, trade, industry, medicine, science, engineering, etc.

The most prominent winners of the award in 2024 include the following: Mr. Ghulam Nabi Dar, a renowned wood carving craftsman, was honored for his exceptional artistic talent and his significant contribution to preserving and enhancing the cultural heritage of Kashmir through his delicate wood carvings.

In the artistic field, Mr. Khalil Ahmed, a skilled craftsman known as “The Carpet Man,” won the award for his valuable contributions as an artist, prominent trainer, innovative craftsman, and designer.

Ms. Naseem Bano also received the award in the artistic field. She is a skilled embroidery craftswoman from Lucknow, who trained other women to enable them to rely on themselves.

In the field of medicine, the award was received by Dr. Yazdi M. Italy, who has been active in raising awareness of sickle cell disease in several tribal communities in India.
In the field of literature and education, Dr. Zahir Ishaq Kazi received the award for his distinguished contributions in the fields of education, literature and medicine.

The Padma Bhushan Award was also given to Ms. M. Fatima Beevi, who was the first female judge of the Supreme Court and later became the Governor of Tamil Nadu, was honored posthumously.

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