Ever since the government of India started presenting the prestigious Padma Awards, there have been controversies all over. Especially under the NDA governments, the whole nomination procedure became an eyelash where nepotism ruled the ideas and the governments in all those years kept on promoting renowned personalities and actually utilized the awards as a barter for political campaigns.
Interestingly, things have changed under the Narendra Modi government. Even common people are now getting the limelight and the whole ‘democratization’ of Padma Awards has received accolades from all quarters.
Yesterday in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme over the radio, PM Narendra Modi echoed his views on this sensitive matter. He said, “You will be proud of the fact that today, the common man is being cited for Padma awards without any recommendations. There was a certain methodology of awarding Padma awards every year, but this entire process has been changed for the past three years.
Now, any citizen can nominate any person in our country. Transparency has been brought about in the entire process by making it operable online.” No doubt, the whole idea of making it online is indeed justified.
The way Narendra Modi has made the case for highlighting ordinary men and women who had made extraordinary contributions to society is an exemplary approach in a country where nepotism has been top mainstream. Nevertheless, this is a trend which needs to continue even in the days to come.