New Delhi | Ordinary people, extraordinary work, no slippers in feet, Padma Shri in hand, these sights compelled the world to think that how today’s India honors its Jannayaks, how it recognizes its heroes. As the unsung hero stepped forward on the red carpet at Rashtrapati Bhavan to receive the Padma awards, the country’s highest honor after the Bharat Ratna, every Indian’s chest widened with pride. In front of the successes of these real heroes, many records have collapsed. Common citizens are happy to see these heroes today.
You will remember that a few months ago, PM Modi appealed to the countrymen on Twitter. The PM had asked the people to send the names of the people working at the grassroots level for the Padma awards. Today the effect of this appeal of PM is visible. Let us know the personalities whose achievements were watched by the whole country. The arrival of these people was welcomed with thunderous applause by the whole country in the presence of the President, Vice President, and Prime Minister.
Tulsi Gowda is a tribal woman from Karnataka who has dedicated her whole life to environmental protection. She has been working for the environment for almost 60 years. The fact is that Tulsi never went to school, but her understanding of the environment has earned her the title of ‘encyclopedia of forests’. Due to her excellent understanding of herbs, Tulsi is also protecting people from diseases by planting trees and plants in her area. Tulsi is an idol of simplicity. When she came to receive respect, she came in a very simple dress. Wearing some garlands related to tribal symbols around her neck, Tulsi reached the stage barefoot. Seeing this simplicity of Tulsi, the whole building reverberated with thunderous applause.
Usha Chaumar of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, who once worked as a scavenger, is being welcomed everywhere. They are ideal for people. Usha Chaumar wants to give a message to the people that women should be encouraged in education. He has also received the Safaigiri Award earlier. That is why today he is an example for the people. President Ram Nath Kovind has honored Usha Chaumar with the Padma Shri Award.
Harekala Hajba has been awarded the Padma Shri, the country’s second-highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind. Harkela is a fruit seller from Mangalore, Karnataka. Harkela did not get any schooling but built a primary school selling fruits and brought an unprecedented revolution in rural education. Today 175 children study in his school. Today people are not tired of narrating the achievements of Harkela. Harkela also wants to invest the money received in the Hajba Award for the construction of more schools in his village.
Rahibai has set an example in the field of organic farming. This is the reason that influenced by Rahibai, the agricultural scientists of the country also consider her like iron in the farming sector. Rahibai hails from the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and is also known as ‘Seed Mother’. She cultivates indigenous crops. About twenty years ago Rahibai started collecting seeds. Today Rahibai is a great example of women empowerment.
This present tradition of the Padma award has seen neither the poor nor the rich. Neither high nor low, neither big nor small. But recognizing the skills of those hands, which have carved India and have set an example in front of the public. Today every Indian is convinced by this.