New Delhi, Jan 27 2020: Legendary Mangalorean George Fernandes as well as former Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar were awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously on the 71st Republic Day on Sunday. Vishveshateertha Swamiji, spiritual leader from Udupi, Karnataka also be awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
Olympian boxer Mary Kom and former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Gugnauth have been also honoured with the Padma Vibhushan on the Republic Day this year.
The Padma Vibhushan for this year has been awarded to a total of seven prominent personalities, while 16 have been given the Padma Bhushan and 118 the Padma Shri on the 71st Republic Day this year.
Famous classical singer from Varanasi Channulal Mishra and Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi, who passed away recently, have also been given the highest Padma award — Padma Vibhushan.
Industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu, former Nagaland chief minister SC Jamir and Jammu and Kashmir politician Muzaffar Hussain Baig have been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
The awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Padma awardees, saying they include extraordinary people. "Congratulations to all those who have been conferred the Padma Awards," he said in a tweet.