Types of Indian Civil Awards
Several Indian Civil Awards are given to common people for their extraordinary deeds. Bharat Ratna is the most prestigious Indian Civil Award. Handed over by the President of India, Bharat Ratna is awarded to people who have served the nation in the best possible ways. Padma Awards are of three kinds namely, Padma Vibhushan Awards, Padma Bhushan Awards and Padma Shri Awards. These awards were founded in the year 1954 and are announced on Republic Day, every year. National Bravery Awards organized by Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. recognize the unprecedented courage shown at the hours of need by ordinary citizens. Indian Defence Awards are divided into Gallantry Awards and Non-Gallantry Awards. These awards are government approved and are handed over to the defence personnel for their services, while safeguarding the nation. There are several Peace Awards given in India like the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Indira Gandhi Peace Award. These are awarded to individuals or institutions for their contribution in changing the society by following the postulates of non-violence. There are several Indian civil awards pertaining to the fields of sports, performing arts and literature.
Recipients of Indian Civil Awards
Personages like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari, C. V. Raman, V. V. Giri, J. R. D. Tata, Jawaharlal Nehru, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Buddhadeb Basu, B. R. Ambedkar, Satyajit Ray, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Amartya Sen, Mother Teresa, Sunil Gavaskar and others have been honored with Indian civil awards for their priceless contribution to the Indian society.
Other Indian Civil Awards
Other esteemed awards in India are Rashtrapati Award, Bharat Ratna, National Bravery Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, Ramineni Foundation Awards, Bapu Gayadhani Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Kalidas Samman, Jnanpith Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Bharat Award and Karmaveer Puraskaar.