Padma Shri for Sakal chairman Pratap Pawar

27 Jan,2014

By A Correspondent

Pratap Pawar


There weren’t any names specifically marked ‘media’ or ‘journalism’  in the list of ‘Padma’ awardees released on Saturday. Even Pratap Pawar, Chairman of the Sakal Media Group, has been listed under ‘Trade and Industry’.

Mr Pawar, a veteran mediaperson, becomes the fourth Padma awardee fromthe Sakal group, as per a report in the group’s Sakaal Times newspaper. Other than Sakal founder-editor Nanasaheb Parulekar being awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1969, Dr Banu Coyaji, a well-known doctor, social worker and director, was a Padma Bhushan recipient in 1989. Scientist Dr Raghunath Mashelkar who has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan this year (and earlier the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri), is also a director with Sakal.

“Thousands of workers are working in organisations which I am associated with. I have been honoured due to their efforts,” Mr Pawar was quoted in the paper. “If the potential of the country is properly utilised, this country will progress. If every citizen does his duty, there is a bright future for the country,” he said.

Though this year’s list did not have any names directly associated with the media, there were several names from films and a few who have written in publications (like Ruskin Bond who started out as a journalist) or a few others like Prof Ashok Chakradhar who have been regulars on television.

Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities – art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year and conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March/ April.


Picture: Sakal group corporate website

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