Three Indian American luminaries awarded Padma Bhushan

New Delhi:  The Union ministry of home affairs announced the Padma awards on the eve of the country’s 73rd Republic Day on Tuesday. Three Indian Americans Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and actress and doyen of Indian cuisine Madhur Jaffery were awarded Padma Bhushan, the second-highest civilian award for distinguished services.

Jaffrey received the Padma Bhushan in the field of ‘Culinary’ arts, while Nadella and Pichai received the Padma Bhushan for their achievements in ‘Trade and Industry’.

A total of 128 Padma Awards were conferred for the Year 2022, of which 4 are in the highest category of Padma Vibhushan, 17 are Padma Bhushan, and 107 are Padma Shri awards. Thirty-four of the awardees are women and the list also includes ten persons from the category of Foreigners/Non-resident Indians/People of Indian origin/Overseas Citizens of India, a press release from the government said.

Sanjaya Rajaram from Mexico was given Padma Bhushan posthumously for his lifetime achievements in the field of science and engineering. Maria Christopher Byrski of Poland, Chirapat Prapandavidya from Thailand, and Tatiana Lvovna Shaumyan of Russia were awarded Padma Shri for their work in the field of ‘Literature and Education’ while Ryuko Hira of Japan was on the recipient list of Padma Shri for his contributions in the field of ‘Trade and Industry’.

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