hi dear ones,
Despite Chandrayaan-1 being the first lunar mission of India, the scientists and engineers engaged in the mission remained unrecognized with no mention in the list of Padma Shri awardees.
The reason for their work being overlooked is a rule framed by the government a few years ago stipulating that those attached to government organizations like ISRO and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) will not be entitled to any “government-backed” awards, like the prestigious Padma awards
This year, there was also controversy as many popular celebrities were awarded the Padma Shri, while many other deserving candidates were left out. One of them is Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar, his coach and former grappler Satpal recently said, “”Kumar was the one who got medal in wrestling after 50-60 years. He is an idol for young wrestlers. He should have got the Padma award.” The trend shows that the Padma awards are only given to people who are popular among the masses.