List of Padma Vibhushan award recipients
The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted on 2 January 1954, the award is given for the "exceptional and distinguished service", without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex. The Padma Vibhushan award recipients are announced every year on Republic Day and registered in The Gazette of India—a publication released weekly by the Department of Publication, Ministry of Urban Development used for official government notices. The conferral of the award is not considered official without its publication in the Gazette. Recipients whose awards have been revoked or restored, both of which require the authority of the President, are also registered in the Gazette and are required to surrender their medals when their names are struck from the register. As of 2018[update], none of the conferments of Padma Vibhushan have been revoked or restored. The recommendations are received from all the state and the union territory governments, the Ministries of the Government, the Bharat Ratna and previous Padma Vibhushan award recipients, the Institutes of Excellence, the Ministers, the Chief Ministers and the Governors of State, and the Members of Parliament including private individuals. The recommendations received during 1 May and 15 September of every year are submitted to the Padma Awards Committee, constituted by the Prime Minister. The committee recommendations are later submitted to the Prime Minister and the President for the further approval.
|Awarded by Government of India|
|Obverse||A centrally located lotus flower is embossed and the text "Padma" written in Devanagari script is placed above and the text "Vibhushan" is placed below the lotus.|
|Reverse||A platinum Emblem of India placed in the centre with the national motto, "Satyameva Jayate" (Truth alone triumphs) in Devanagari Script|
|Previous name(s)||Padma Vibhushan "Pahela Warg" (Class I)|
|Next (higher)||Bharat Ratna|
|Next (lower)||Padma Bhushan|
When instituted in 1954, the Padma Vibhushan was classified as "Pahela Warg" (Class I) under the three-tier Padma Vibhushan awards; preceded by the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, and followed by "Dusra Warg" (Class II), and "Tisra Warg" (Class III). On 15 January 1955, the Padma Vibhushan was reclassified into three different awards; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest of the three, followed by the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. The criteria includes "exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by Government servants" but excluding those working with the Public sector undertakings with the exception of doctors and scientists. The 1954 statutes did not allow posthumous awards but this was subsequently modified in the January 1955 statute. The award, along with other personal civil honours, was briefly suspended twice in its history; for the first time in July 1977 when Morarji Desai was sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister. The suspension was rescinded on 25 January 1980, after Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister. The civilian awards were suspended again in mid-1992, when two Public-Interest Litigations were filed in the High Courts questioning the civilian awards being "Titles" per an interpretation of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution.[a] The awards were reintroduced by the Supreme Court in December 1995, following the conclusion of the litigation.
The recipients receive a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medal with no monetary grant associated with the award. The decoration is a circular-shaped toned bronze medallion 1 3⁄4 inches (44 mm) in diameter and 1⁄8 inch (3.2 mm) thick. The centrally placed pattern made of outer lines of a square of 1 3⁄16 inches (30 mm) side is embossed with a knob embossed within each of the outer angles of the pattern. A raised circular space of diameter 1 1⁄16 inches (27 mm) is placed at the centre of the decoration. A centrally located lotus flower is embossed on the obverse side of the medal and the text "Padma" written in Devanagari script is placed above and the text "Vibhushan" is placed below the lotus. The Emblem of India is placed in the centre of the reverse side with the national motto, "Satyameva Jayate" (Truth alone triumphs) in Devanagari Script, inscribed on the lower edge. The rim, the edges and all embossing on either side is of white gold with the text "Padma Vibhushan" of silver gilt. The medal is suspended by a pink riband 1 1⁄4 inches (32 mm) in width. It is ranked fourth in the order of precedence of wearing of medals and decorations.
The first recipients of the Padma Vibhushan were Satyendra Nath Bose, Nandalal Bose, Zakir Husain, Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher, V. K. Krishna Menon, and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who were honoured in 1954. As of 2017[update], the award has been bestowed on 300 individuals, including twelve posthumous and nineteen non-citizen recipients. Some of the recipients have refused or returned their awards; Vilayat Khan,[b] Swami Ranganathananda,[c] and Manikonda Chalapathi Rau refused the award; the family members of Lakshmi Chand Jain (2011) and Sharad Anantrao Joshi (2016) declined their posthumous conferments,[d][e] and 1986 recipient Baba Amte returned his honour in 1991.[f] Most recently on 25 January 2018, the award has been bestowed upon three recipients; Ilaiyaraaja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, and P. Parameswaran.
# Indicates a posthumous honour
|1954||Bose, Satyendra NathSatyendra Nath Bose||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|1954||Bose, NandalalNandalal Bose||Arts||West Bengal|
|1954||Husain, ZakirZakir Husain||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1954||Kher, Balasaheb GangadharBalasaheb Gangadhar Kher||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1954||Menon, V. K. KrishnaV. K. Krishna Menon||Public Affairs||Kerala|
|1954||Wangchuck, Jigme DorjiJigme Dorji Wangchuck||Public Affairs||—[A]|
|1955||Karve, Dhondo KeshavDhondo Keshav Karve||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1955||Tata, J. R. D.J. R. D. Tata||Trade & Industry||Maharashtra|
|1956||Ali, FazalFazal Ali||Public Affairs||Bihar|
|1956||Bajaj, JankibaiJankibai Bajaj||Social Work||Madhya Pradesh|
|1956||Trivedi, Chandulal MadhavlalChandulal Madhavlal Trivedi||Public Affairs||Madhya Pradesh|
|1957||Birla, Ghanshyam DasGhanshyam Das Birla||Trade & Industry||Rajasthan|
|1957||Prakasa, SriSri Prakasa||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1957||Setalvad, M. C.M. C. Setalvad||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1959||Mathai, JohnJohn Mathai||Literature & Education||Kerala|
|1959||Mehta, Gaganvihari LallubhaiGaganvihari Lallubhai Mehta||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1959||Pal, RadhabinodRadhabinod Pal||Public Affairs||West Bengal|
|1960||Pillai, Naryana RaghvanNaryana Raghvan Pillai||Public Affairs||Tamil Nadu|
|1962||Iyengar, H. V. R.H. V. R. Iyengar||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|1962||Naidu, PadmajaPadmaja Naidu||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1962||Pandit, Vijaya LakshmiVijaya Lakshmi Pandit||Civil Service||Uttar Pradesh|
|1963||Chatterji, Suniti KumarSuniti Kumar Chatterji||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|1963||Mudaliar, A. LakshmanaswamiA. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar||Medicine||Tamil Nadu|
|1963||Pataskar, Hari VinayakHari Vinayak Pataskar||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1964||Kalelkar, Acharya KakasahebAcharya Kakasaheb Kalelkar||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1964||Kaviraj, GopinathGopinath Kaviraj||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|1965||Chaudhuri, Jayanto NathJayanto Nath Chaudhuri||Civil Service||West Bengal|
|1965||Jung, Mehdi NawazMehdi Nawaz Jung||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1965||Singh, ArjanArjan Singh||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1966||Gracias, ValerianValerian Gracias||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1967||Daphtary, Chandra KisanChandra Kisan Daphtary||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1967||Ibrahim, Hafiz MohamadHafiz Mohamad Ibrahim||Civil Service||Andhra Pradesh|
|1967||Jha, Bhola NathBhola Nath Jha||Civil Service||Uttar Pradesh|
|1967||Rao, Pattadakal Venkanna RPattadakal Venkanna R Rao||Civil Service||Andhra Pradesh|
|1968||Aney, Madhav ShrihariMadhav Shrihari Aney||Public Affairs||Madhya Pradesh|
|1968||Chandrasekhar, SubrahmanyanSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar||Science & Engineering||—[B]|
|1968||Mahalanobis, Prasanta ChandraPrasanta Chandra Mahalanobis||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|1968||Singh, KirpalKirpal Singh||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1968||Sundaram, KalyanKalyan Sundaram||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|1969||Dayal, RajeshwarRajeshwar Dayal||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1969||Joshi, Dattatraya ShridharDattatraya Shridhar Joshi||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|1969||Khorana, Har GobindHar Gobind Khorana||Science & Engineering||—[B]|
|1969||Mehta, Mohan SinhaMohan Sinha Mehta||Civil Service||Rajasthan|
|1969||Pande, GhananandGhananand Pande||Civil Service||Uttar Pradesh|
|1970||Chand, TaraTara Chand||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|1970||Das, SuranjanSuranjan Das||Civil Service||West Bengal|
|1970||Dias, Anthony LancelotAnthony Lancelot Dias||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1970||Kumaramangalam, P. PrabhakarP. Prabhakar Kumaramangalam||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|1970||Mudaliar, A. RamasamyA. Ramasamy Mudaliar||Civil Service||Andhra Pradesh|
|1970||Sen, Binay RanjanBinay Ranjan Sen||Civil Service||West Bengal|
|1970||Singh, HarbakshHarbaksh Singh||Civil Service||Punjab|
|1971||Chaliha, Bimala PrasadBimala Prasad Chaliha||Civil Service||Assam|
|1971||Khan, AllauddinAllauddin Khan||Arts||West Bengal|
|1971||Morarjee, SumatiSumati Morarjee||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|1971||Shankar, UdayUday Shankar||Arts||Maharashtra|
|1971||Shirodkar, Vithal NageshVithal Nagesh Shirodkar||Medicine||Goa|
|1971||Sivaraman, BalaramBalaram Sivaraman||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|1972||Gajendragadkar, P. BalacharyaP. Balacharya Gajendragadkar||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1972||Jha, Aditya NathAditya Nath Jha#||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|1972||Lal, Pratap ChandraPratap Chandra Lal||Civil Service||Punjab|
|1972||Manekshaw, SamSam Manekshaw||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|1972||Mehta, Jivraj NarayanJivraj Narayan Mehta||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1972||Nanda, Sardarilal MathradasSardarilal Mathradas Nanda||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1972||Sadiq, Ghulam MohammedGhulam Mohammed Sadiq[i]#||Public Affairs||Jammu & Kashmir|
|1972||Sarabhai, VikramVikram Sarabhai[ii]#||Science & Engineering||Gujarat|
|1972||Seervai, Hormasji ManeckjiHormasji Maneckji Seervai||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1973||Devi, BasantiBasanti Devi||Civil Service||West Bengal|
|1973||Dhebar, U. N.U. N. Dhebar||Social Work||Gujarat|
|1973||Kothari, Daulat SinghDaulat Singh Kothari||Science & Engineering||Delhi|
|1973||Sengupta, NellieNellie Sengupta||Social Work||West Bengal|
|1973||Singh, NagendraNagendra Singh||Public Affairs||Rajasthan|
|1973||Swaminathan, ThirumalrayaThirumalraya Swaminathan||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|1974||De, NirenNiren De||Public Affairs||West Bengal|
|1974||Mukherjee, Benode BehariBenode Behari Mukherjee||Arts||Uttarakhand|
|1974||Rao, V. K. R. V.V. K. R. V. Rao||Civil Service||Karnataka|
|1974||Sarin, Harish ChandraHarish Chandra Sarin||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1975||Deshmukh, C. D.C. D. Deshmukh||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1975||Deshmukh, DurgabaiDurgabai Deshmukh||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1975||Jadhav, Mary ClubwalaMary Clubwala Jadhav||Social Work||Tamil Nadu|
|1975||Nagchaudhuri, Basanti DulalBasanti Dulal Nagchaudhuri||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|1975||Ramanna, RajaRaja Ramanna||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|1975||Sethna, Homi NusserwanjiHomi Nusserwanji Sethna||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|1975||Subbulakshmi, M. S.M. S. Subbulakshmi||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|1975||Thackersey, Premlila VithaldasPremlila Vithaldas Thackersey||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1976||Ali, SalimSalim Ali||Science & Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|1976||Musafir, Giani Gurmukh SinghGiani Gurmukh Singh Musafir||Literature & Education||Punjab|
|1976||Pillai, K. ShankarK. Shankar Pillai||Arts||Delhi|
|1976||Ramanathan, K. R.K. R. Ramanathan||Science & Engineering||Kerala|
|1976||Ray, SatyajitSatyajit Ray||Arts||West Bengal|
|1976||Shrimali, Kalu LalKalu Lal Shrimali||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|1976||Zaidi, Bashir HussainBashir Hussain Zaidi||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|1977||Balasaraswati, T.T. Balasaraswati||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|1977||Jung, Ali YavarAli Yavar Jung||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1977||Khosla, Ajudhia NathAjudhia Nath Khosla||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1977||Mehra, Om PrakashOm Prakash Mehra||Civil Service||Punjab|
|1977||Mukherjee, Ajoy KumarAjoy Kumar Mukherjee||Public Affairs||West Bengal|
|1977||Singh, Chandeshwar Prasad NarayanChandeshwar Prasad Narayan Singh||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|1980||Khan, BismillahBismillah Khan||Arts||Uttar Pradesh|
|1980||Krishnadasa, RaiRai Krishnadasa||Civil Service||Uttar Pradesh|
|1981||Dhawan, SatishSatish Dhawan||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|1981||Shankar, RaviRavi Shankar||Arts||Uttar Pradesh|
|1982||Behn, MiraMira Behn||Social Work||—[C]|
|1985||Rao, C. N. R.C. N. R. Rao||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|1985||Menon, M. G. K.M. G. K. Menon||Civil Service||Kerala|
|1986||Amte, BabaBaba Amte[f]||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1986||Maharaj, BirjuBirju Maharaj||Arts||Delhi|
|1986||Paintal, Autar SinghAutar Singh Paintal||Medicine||Delhi|
|1987||Chattopadhyay, KamaladeviKamaladevi Chattopadhyay||Social Work||Karnataka|
|1987||Pal, Benjamin PearyBenjamin Peary Pal||Science & Engineering||Punjab|
|1987||Singh, ManmohanManmohan Singh||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1987||Vaidya, Arun ShridharArun Shridhar Vaidya||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|1988||Beg, Mirza HameedullahMirza Hameedullah Beg||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|1988||Kuvempu||Literature & Education||Karnataka|
|1988||Varma, MahadeviMahadevi Varma||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|1989||Dikshit, Uma ShankarUma Shankar Dikshit||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|1989||Khan, Ali AkbarAli Akbar Khan||Arts||West Bengal|
|1989||Swaminathan, M. S.M. S. Swaminathan||Science & Engineering||Delhi|
|1990||Arunachalam, V. S. R.V. S. R. Arunachalam||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|1990||Chaturvedi, Triloki NathTriloki Nath Chaturvedi||Civil Service||Karnataka|
|1990||Datta, BhabatoshBhabatosh Datta||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|1990||Gandharva, KumarKumar Gandharva||Arts||Madhya Pradesh|
|1990||Kalam, A. P. J. AbdulA. P. J. Abdul Kalam||Science & Engineering||Tamil Nadu|
|1990||Iyer, Semmangudi SrinivasaSemmangudi Srinivasa Iyer||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|1991||Balamuralikrishna, M.M. Balamuralikrishna||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|1991||Husain, M. F.M. F. Husain||Arts||Maharashtra|
|1991||Mukherjee, HirendranathHirendranath Mukherjee||Public Affairs||West Bengal|
|1991||Nanda, GulzarilalGulzarilal Nanda||Public Affairs||Gujarat|
|1991||Patel, I. G.I. G. Patel||Science & Engineering||Gujarat|
|1991||Ranga, N. G.N. G. Ranga||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1991||Rustamji, Khusro FaramurzKhusro Faramurz Rustamji||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|1991||Shastri, RajaramRajaram Shastri||Literature & Education||Uttar Pradesh|
|1992||Ali, Aruna AsafAruna Asaf Ali||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|1992||Joshi, Lakshman ShastriLakshman Shastri Joshi||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1992||Mansur, MallikarjunMallikarjun Mansur||Arts||Karnataka|
|1992||Padmavati, S. I.S. I. Padmavati||Medicine||Delhi|
|1992||Rao, Kaloji NarayanaKaloji Narayana Rao||Arts||Andhra Pradesh|
|1992||Reddy, Ravi NarayanaRavi Narayana Reddy||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|1992||Shantaram, V.V. Shantaram||Arts||Maharashtra|
|1992||Shroff, GovindbhaiGovindbhai Shroff||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|1992||Singh, SwaranSwaran Singh||Public Affairs||Punjab|
|1992||Vajpayee, Atal BihariAtal Bihari Vajpayee||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|1998||Mehta, UshaUsha Mehta||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1998||Palkhivala, NanabhoyNanabhoy Palkhivala||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|1998||Sahgal, LakshmiLakshmi Sahgal||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|1998||Sisulu, WalterWalter Sisulu||Public Affairs||—[D]|
|1999||Athavale, Pandurang ShastriPandurang Shastri Athavale||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|1999||Chidambaram, RajagopalaRajagopala Chidambaram||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|1999||Deshmukh, NanajiNanaji Deshmukh||Social Work||Delhi|
|1999||Gopal, SarvepalliSarvepalli Gopal||Literature & Education||Tamil Nadu|
|1999||Gujral, SatishSatish Gujral||Arts||Delhi|
|1999||Iyer, V. R. KrishnaV. R. Krishna Iyer||Public Affairs||Kerala|
|1999||Joshi, BhimsenBhimsen Joshi||Arts||Maharashtra|
|1999||Khanna, Hans RajHans Raj Khanna||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|1999||Kurien, VergheseVerghese Kurien||Science & Engineering||Gujarat|
|1999||Mangeshkar, LataLata Mangeshkar||Arts||Maharashtra|
|1999||Nehru, Braj KumarBraj Kumar Nehru||Civil Service||Himachal Pradesh|
|1999||Pattammal, D. K.D. K. Pattammal||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|1999||Singh, Lallan PrasadLallan Prasad Singh[iii]#||Civil Service||Delhi|
|1999||Vira, DharmaDharma Vira||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2000||Bakht, SikanderSikander Bakht||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2000||Bhagwati, JagdishJagdish Bhagwati||Literature & Education||—[B]|
|2000||Chaurasia, HariprasadHariprasad Chaurasia||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2000||Gill, M. S.M. S. Gill||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2000||Kasturirangan, KrishnaswamyKrishnaswamy Kasturirangan||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2000||Lall, K. B.K. B. Lall||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2000||Mohapatra, KelucharanKelucharan Mohapatra||Arts||Odisha|
|2000||Motiram, JasrajJasraj Motiram||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2000||Narasimham, M.M. Narasimham||Trade & Industry||Andhra Pradesh|
|2000||Narayan, R. K.R. K. Narayan||Literature & Education||Tamil Nadu|
|2000||Pande, Bhairab DuttBhairab Dutt Pande||Civil Service||Uttarakhand|
|2000||Raj, K. N.K. N. Raj||Literature & Education||Kerala|
|2000||Singh, TarlokTarlok Singh||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2001||Galbraith, John KennethJohn Kenneth Galbraith||Literature & Education||—[B]|
|2001||Gilman, Benjamin A.Benjamin A. Gilman||Public Affairs||—[B]|
|2001||Khan, Amjad AliAmjad Ali Khan||Arts||Delhi|
|2001||Mehta, ZubinZubin Mehta||Arts||—[B]|
|2001||Mukherjee, HrishikeshHrishikesh Mukherjee||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2001||Murthy, Kotha SatchidandaKotha Satchidanda Murthy||Literature & Education||Andhra Pradesh|
|2001||Narasimhan, Chakravarthi V.Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|2001||Norota, HoseiHosei Norota||Public Affairs||—[E]|
|2001||Rao, C. R.C. R. Rao||Science & Engineering||—[B]|
|2001||Sharma, Man MohanMan Mohan Sharma||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|2001||Sharma, ShivkumarShivkumar Sharma||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2002||Amonkar, KishoriKishori Amonkar||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2002||Hangal, GangubaiGangubai Hangal||Arts||Karnataka|
|2002||Maharaj, KishanKishan Maharaj||Arts||Uttar Pradesh|
|2002||Rangarajan, C.C. Rangarajan||Literature & Education||Andhra Pradesh|
|2002||Sorabjee, SoliSoli Sorabjee||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2003||Dorjee, Kazi LhendupKazi Lhendup Dorjee||Public Affairs||West Bengal|
|2003||Mansingh, SonalSonal Mansingh||Arts||Delhi|
|2003||Nanda, Bal RamBal Ram Nanda||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|2003||Triguna, Brihaspati DevBrihaspati Dev Triguna||Medicine||Delhi|
|2004||Narlikar, JayantJayant Narlikar||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|2004||Pritam, AmritaAmrita Pritam||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|2004||Venkatachaliah, M. N.M. N. Venkatachaliah||Public Affairs||Karnataka|
|2005||Banerji, Milon K.Milon K. Banerji||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2005||Dharia, MohanMohan Dharia||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|2005||Dixit, Jyotindra NathJyotindra Nath Dixit[iv]#||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2005||Goyal, B. K.B. K. Goyal||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|2005||Laxman, R. K.R. K. Laxman||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2005||Narayan, RamRam Narayan||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2005||Singh, KaranKaran Singh||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2005||Valiathan, M. S.M. S. Valiathan||Medicine||Karnataka|
|2006||Borlaug, NormanNorman Borlaug||Science & Engineering||—[B]|
|2006||Correa, CharlesCharles Correa||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|2006||Deshpande, NirmalaNirmala Deshpande||Social Work||Delhi|
|2006||Devi, MahaswetaMahasweta Devi||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|2006||Gopalakrishnan, AdoorAdoor Gopalakrishnan||Arts||Kerala|
|2006||Khare, V. N.V. N. Khare||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|2006||Rao, C. R. KrishnaswamyC. R. Krishnaswamy Rao||Civil Service||Tamil Nadu|
|2006||Siddiqi, ObaidObaid Siddiqi||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2006||Tandon, Prakash NarainPrakash Narain Tandon||Medicine||Delhi|
|2007||Bhagwati, P. N.P. N. Bhagwati||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2007||Chandra, NareshNaresh Chandra||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2007||Chelliah, RajaRaja Chelliah||Public Affairs||Tamil Nadu|
|2007||Krishnamurthy, V.V. Krishnamurthy||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2007||Nariman, Fali SamFali Sam Nariman||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2007||Rao, RajaRaja Rao[v]#||Literature & Education||—[B]|
|2007||Sankaran, BaluBalu Sankaran||Medicine||Delhi|
|2007||Singh, KhushwantKhushwant Singh[g]||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|2007||Sudarshan, GeorgeGeorge Sudarshan||Science & Engineering||—[B]|
|2007||Vohra, Narinder NathNarinder Nath Vohra||Civil Service||Haryana|
|2008||Anand, Adarsh SeinAdarsh Sein Anand||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|2008||Anand, ViswanathanViswanathan Anand||Sports||Tamil Nadu|
|2008||Bhosle, AshaAsha Bhosle||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2008||Dhar, P. N.P. N. Dhar||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2008||Hillary, EdmundEdmund Hillary[vi]#||Sports||—[F]|
|2008||Mittal, LakshmiLakshmi Mittal||Trade & Industry||—[C]|
|2008||Mukherjee, PranabPranab Mukherjee||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2008||Murthy, N. R. NarayanaN. R. Narayana Murthy||Trade & Industry||Karnataka|
|2008||Oberoi, Prithvi Raj SinghPrithvi Raj Singh Oberoi||Trade & Industry||Delhi|
|2008||Pachauri, Rajendra K.Rajendra K. Pachauri||Science & Engineering||Delhi|
|2008||Sreedharan, E.E. Sreedharan||Science & Engineering||Delhi|
|2008||Tata, RatanRatan Tata||Trade & Industry||Maharashtra|
|2008||Tendulkar, SachinSachin Tendulkar||Sports||Maharashtra|
|2009||Bahuguna, SunderlalSunderlal Bahuguna||Others||Uttarakhand|
|2009||Bajaj, Jasbir SinghJasbir Singh Bajaj||Medicine||Punjab|
|2009||Chattopadhyaya, D. P.D. P. Chattopadhyaya||Literature & Education||West Bengal|
|2009||Ganguly, Ashok SekharAshok Sekhar Ganguly||Trade & Industry||Maharashtra|
|2009||Nirmala, SisterSister Nirmala||Social Work||West Bengal|
|2009||Kakodkar, AnilAnil Kakodkar||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|2009||Lal, PurshotamPurshotam Lal||Medicine||Uttar Pradesh|
|2009||Nair, G. MadhavanG. Madhavan Nair||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2009||Narain, GovindGovind Narain||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|2009||Srivastava, Chandrika PrasadChandrika Prasad Srivastava||Civil Service||Maharashtra|
|2010||Alkazi, EbrahimEbrahim Alkazi||Arts||Delhi|
|2010||Ramakrishnan, VenkatramanVenkatraman Ramakrishnan||Science & Engineering||—[C]|
|2010||Reddy, Prathap C.Prathap C. Reddy||Trade & Industry||Tamil Nadu|
|2010||Reddy, Y. VenugopalY. Venugopal Reddy||Public Affairs||Andhra Pradesh|
|2010||Sehgal, ZohraZohra Sehgal||Arts||Delhi|
|2010||Sivaraman, Umayalpuram K.Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|2011||Ahluwalia, Montek SinghMontek Singh Ahluwalia||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2011||Kelkar, VijayVijay Kelkar||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|2011||Kidwai, Akhlaqur RahmanAkhlaqur Rahman Kidwai||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2011||Kurup, O. N. V.O. N. V. Kurup||Literature & Education||Kerala|
|2011||Mahapatra, SitakantSitakant Mahapatra||Literature & Education||Odisha|
|2011||Mishra, BrajeshBrajesh Mishra||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2011||Parasaran, K.K. Parasaran||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2011||Premji, AzimAzim Premji||Trade & Industry||Karnataka|
|2011||Rao, Palle RamaPalle Rama Rao||Science & Engineering||Andhra Pradesh|
|2011||Rao, Akkineni NageswaraAkkineni Nageswara Rao||Arts||Andhra Pradesh|
|2011||Vatsyayan, KapilaKapila Vatsyayan||Arts||Delhi|
|2011||Vyarawalla, HomaiHomai Vyarawalla||Arts||Gujarat|
|2012||Hazarika, BhupenBhupen Hazarika[vii]#||Arts||Assam|
|2012||Miranda, MarioMario Miranda[viii]#||Arts||Goa|
|2012||Rajeswar, T. V.T. V. Rajeswar||Civil Service||Delhi|
|2012||Sancheti, Kantilal HastimalKantilal Hastimal Sancheti||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|2012||Subramanyan, K. G.K. G. Subramanyan||Arts||Gujarat|
|2013||Mohapatra, RaghunathRaghunath Mohapatra||Arts||Odisha|
|2013||Narasimha, RoddamRoddam Narasimha||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2013||Pal, YashYash Pal||Science & Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|2013||Raza, S. H.S. H. Raza||Arts||Delhi|
|2014||Iyengar, B. K. S.B. K. S. Iyengar||Others||Maharashtra|
|2014||Mashelkar, Raghunath AnantRaghunath Anant Mashelkar||Science & Engineering||Maharashtra|
|2015||Advani, L. K.L. K. Advani||Public Affairs||Gujarat|
|2015||Bachchan, AmitabhAmitabh Bachchan||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2015||Badal, Parkash SinghParkash Singh Badal||Public Affairs||Punjab|
|2015||Heggade, VeerendraVeerendra Heggade||Social Work||Karnataka|
|2015||Kumar, DilipDilip Kumar||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2015||Rambhadracharya, Rambhadracharya||Others||Uttar Pradesh|
|2015||Srinivasan, M. R.M. R. Srinivasan||Science & Engineering||Tamil Nadu|
|2015||Venugopal, Kottayan KatankotKottayan Katankot Venugopal||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2015||Khan, Karim Al Hussaini AgaKarim Al Hussaini Aga Khan||Trade & Industry||—[C][G]|
|2016||Aatre, V. K.V. K. Aatre||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2016||Ambani, DhirubhaiDhirubhai Ambani[ix]#||Trade & Industry||Maharashtra|
|2016||Devi, GirijaGirija Devi||Arts||West Bengal|
|2016||Dixit, AvinashAvinash Dixit||Literature & Education||—[B]|
|2016||, JagmohanJagmohan||Public Affairs||Delhi|
|2016||Krishnamurthy, YaminiYamini Krishnamurthy||Arts||Delhi|
|2016||, RajinikanthRajinikanth||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|2016||Rao, RamojiRamoji Rao||Literature & Education||Andhra Pradesh|
|2016||Shankar, Sri Sri RaviSri Sri Ravi Shankar[h]||Others||Karnataka|
|2016||Shanta, V.V. Shanta||Medicine||Tamil Nadu|
|2017||Joshi, Murli ManoharMurli Manohar Joshi||Public Affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|2017||Patwa, Sunder LalSunder Lal Patwa[x]#||Public Affairs||Madhya Pradesh|
|2017||Pawar, SharadSharad Pawar||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|2017||Rao, Udupi RamachandraUdupi Ramachandra Rao||Science & Engineering||Karnataka|
|2017||Sangma, P. A.P. A. Sangma[xi]#||Public Affairs||Meghalaya|
|2017||Vasudev, JaggiJaggi Vasudev||Others||Tamil Nadu|
|2017||Yesudas, K. J.K. J. Yesudas||Arts||Kerala|
|2018||, IlaiyaraajaIlaiyaraaja||Arts||Tamil Nadu|
|2018||Mustafa Khan, GhulamGhulam Mustafa Khan||Arts||Maharashtra|
|2018||Parameswaran, P.P. Parameswaran||Literature & Education||Kerala|
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