Late Rajesh Khanna recommended for Padma Award

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Saturday, Nov 10, 2012

Late Rajesh Khanna recommended for Padma Award

Padma Awards are given to those excelling in arts, social service, science, engineering, and general affairs, commerce, profession, medicine, games, civil service, literature and education. 

Every year, Indian president presents the award during Republic Day.  Last year, 109 Padma Awards were presented. In this, there are 5 Padma Vibooshan, 27 Padma Booshan, and 77 Padma Awards. 

Recommendation for those who are qualified for the next year’s Padma Award has begun.  Rajesh Khanna, for his excellence in cine field, and who was former Congress MP has been recommended for Padma Vibooshan Award. 

The central information and broadcast ministry has sent the recommendation to the internal affairs ministry. 

During lifetime, Rajesh Khanna had not received any Padma Award. Only after Rajesh Khanna’s demise, his name has been recommended for Padma Award. 

Usually, Padma Awards are not given after demise of the person.  But as exception, the Padma Award is given to few after their demise.  Rajesh Khanna comes under the category and is recommended for Padma Award. 

Rajesh Khanna passed away on July 18th, 2011.  His contemporaries as Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Dev Anand, Sashi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Hema Malini, Wahida Rahman, have been presented Padma Awards.  But due to reasons not very obvious, Rajesh Khanna was not presented the award then.

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