General Awareness – Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 2)

Monday, May 6th, 2013


General Awareness – Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 2)

 

In my previous post, we talked about the Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. In this post, I would like to cover other important awards like Bharat Ratna, Padma Awards and Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Although there as hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have won these awards – it is not possible to remember all their names. I have filtered out a few for you. These have a higher probability of being asked.

 

Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay’s example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered Asia’s Nobel Prize.

There have been ~50 Indians who have been awarded the Prize. The prominent / recent ones are:

1959 C. D. Deshmukh Government Service
1994 Kiran Bedi
1996 T N Seshan
2003 James Michael Lyngdoh
1965 Jayaprakash Narayan Public Service
1974 M.S. Subbulakshmi
1985 Baba Amte
1958 Vinoba Bhave Community Leadership
1963 Verghese Kurien
2008 Dr. Prakash Amte
2008 Dr. Mandakini Amte
2009 Deep Joshi
2012 Kulendei Francis
1967 Satyajit Ray Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts
1982 Arun Shourie
1984 R. K. Laxman
1992 Ravi Shankar
1997 Mahasweta Devi
2007 P. Sainath
1962 Mother Teresa Peace
2006 Arvind Kejriwal Emergent Leadership
2011 Nileema Mishra
2011 Harish Hande

Bharat Ratna

Bharat Ratna is the Republic of India’s highest civilian award, for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavor.

It was first awarded in 1954 to C. Rajgopalachari, C V Raman & S Radhakrishnan. It was last awarded in 2008 to Bhimsen Joshi.

Of the 41 awards so far, there has been one award to a naturalized Indian citizen, Mother Teresa (1980), and to two non-Indians, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1987) and Nelson Mandela (1990).

In 2011, the Government of India modified the eligibility criteria to allow sportspersons to receive the award.

Living recipients:

  • Nelson Mandela (1990)
  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1997)
  • Ravi Shankar (1999)
  • Amartya Sen (1999)
  • Lata Mangeshkar (2001)

Other Awards

–          Padma Vibhushan is the highest civilian honor after Bharat Ratna

–          Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest sporting honor

–          Dhyan Chand Award is highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games.

–          Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award for lifetime achievement in cinema.

–          Bhartiya Gnanpith Award is a literary award.

–          Shahitya Academy Fellowship is the highest literary honour conferred by the Government of India. In 2010, 5 people were honored with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowships. – Dr. Bholabhai Patel, Sri Kunwar Narain, Sri Khushwant Singh, Prof. Kedar Nath Singh & Chandranath Mishra ‘Amar’.

 

Year

Awardee

Category

Award

2012

K. G. Subramanyan

Arts

Padma Vibhushan

2012

Mario Miranda

Arts

2012

Bhupen Hazarika

Arts

2012

Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti

Medicine

2012

T. V. Rajeswar

Civil Service

2009–10

Saina Nehwal

Badminton

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

2010–11

Gagan Narang

Shooting

2011–12

Vijay Kumar

Shooting

Yogeshwar Dutt

Wrestling

2012

Jagraj Singh Mann

Athletics

Dhyan Chand Award

2012

Gundeep Kumar

Hockey

2012

Vinod Kumar

Wrestling

2012

Sukhbir Singh Tokas

Para-Sports

2010 (58th)

K Balachander

Director

Dada Saheb Phalke Award

2011 (59th)

Soumitra Chaterjee

Actor

2009 (49th)

Shrilal Shukla

Hindi

Bhartiya Jnanpith Award

2009 (50th)

Amarkant

Hindi

2010 (51st)

Chandrasekhar Kambar

Kannada

 

 

 

General Awareness – Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 2)

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