Wednesday 25 January
As usual, the debate rages on: Is it time to do away with Padma awards? The list of awardees is up to 106 from 96 last year and 86 in 2004. Sania Mirza got a Padma Shri. No one got the Bharat Ratna, the highest honour, for a second consecutive year but among the nine conferred with the second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibushan, were included names that none would disagree with: Film Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, renowned author Mahasveta Devi and noted social worker Nirmala Deshpande.