Archive for January, 2013


On the 64th Republic day celebrations the President has approved awards of 359 gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.  This includes 01 Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 56 Sena Medal (Gallantry), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), 03 Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 03 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, 06 Bar to Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal, 44 Ati Vishisht  Seva Medal,  12 Yudh Seva Medal, 02 Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 37 Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 01 Bar to Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 07 Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 14 Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), 04 Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 116 Vishisht Seva Medal.

In addition a total of ten Mention-In-Despatches have also been announced for participating in Operation Rakshak and Operation Rhino.

The full list of the recipients of gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others is as follows:

KIRTI CHAKRA:

IC-67270F MAJOR Anup Joseph Manjali BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTAlION THE Rashtriya Rifles

SHAURYA CHAKRA:

  1. IC-65554M MAJOR SANDEEP KUMAR 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  2. IC-65672A MAJOR MANISH PUNJ THE RAJPUT REGIMENT / 10TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
  3. IC-68806Y CAPTAIN A RAHUL RAMESH CORPS OF ENGINEERS / 72ND ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (POSTHUMOUS)
  4. IC-72070P CAPTAIN Dinesh Kumar 9TH BATTALION THE MADRAS REGIMENT
  5. IC-74882F Lieutenant Manish Singh 9th Battalion THE Parachute Regiment (Special Forces)
  6. JC-559638M Subedar Pradeep Beck BIHAR ReGIMENT / 24TH BATTALION THE Rashtriya Rifles
  7. 3398295W HAVILDAR VIR SINGH 13TH BATTALION THE SIKH REGIMENT
  8. 2486356P Naik Rajeshver Singh 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  9. 2486445N Naik Anil Kumar 16TH BATTALION THE PUNJAB REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
  10. 13698975M Naik Krishan Kumar BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS/13TH Sikh Light Infantry Battalion Group (POSTHUMOUS)
  11. Lt Cdr Inderjeet Singh, 05871-T

Well I have just listed out the list of major gallantry awards. For the complete list of awards that were declared please click here.

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On the 64th Republic day celebrations the Padma Awards will be given to several Indians for their contribution towards the country. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the conferment of Padma Awards-2013 today. This year the he has approved 108 awards which includes 11 awards in the category of foreigners/ non-resident Indians/ Persons of Indian Origin/Posthumous. The list comprises of 4 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan, and 80 Padma Shri Awardees.

Padma Vibhushans:

  1. Shri Raghunath Mohapatra – Art
  2. Shri S. Haider Raza – Art
  3. Prof. Yash Pal – Science and Engineering
  4. Prof. Roddam Narasimha – Science and Engineering

Padma Bhushans:

  1. Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati – Art
  2. Smt. Sreeramamurthy Janaki – Art
  3. Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele – Art
  4. Smt. Sharmila Tagore – Art
  5. Dr. (Smt.) Saroja Vaidyanathan – Art
  6. Shri Abdul Rashid Khan – Art
  7. Late Rajesh Khanna – Art
  8. Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti – Art
  9. Shri Shivajirao Girdhar Patil – Public Affairs
  10. Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai – Science and Engineering
  11. Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat – Science and Engineering
  12. Dr. Ashoke Sen – Science and Engineering
  13. Dr. B.N. Suresh – Science and Engineering
  14. Prof. Satya N. Atluri – Science and Engineering
  15. Prof. Jogesh Chandra Pati – Science and Engineering
  16. Shri Ramamurthy Thyagarajan – Trade and Industry
  17. Shri Adi Burjor Godrej – Trade and Industry
  18. Dr. Nandkishore Shamrao Laud – Medicine
  19. Shri Mangesh Padgaonkar – Literature & Education
  20. Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – Literature & Education
  21. Shri Hemendra Singh Panwar – Civil Service
  22. Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan – Civil Service
  23. Shri Rahul Dravid – Sports
  24. Ms. H. Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom – Sports

Padmashree :

  1. Shri Gajam Anjaiah – Art
  2. Swami G.C.D. Bharti alias Bharati Bandhu – Art
  3. Ms. B. Jayashree – Art
  4. Smt. Sridevi Kapoor – Art
  5. Shri Kailash Chandra Meher – Art
  6. Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit – Art
  7. Shri Vishwanath Dinkar Patekar alias Nana Patekar – Art
  8. Shri Rekandar Nageswara Rao alias Surabhi Babji – Art
  9. Shri Lakshmi Narayana Sathiraju – Art
  10. Smt. Jaymala Shiledar – Art
  11. Shri Suresh Dattatray Talwalkar – Art
  12. Shri P. Madhavan Nair alias Madhu -Art
  13. Shri Apurba Kishore Bir – Art
  14. Shri Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan – Art
  15. Smt. Hilda Mit Lepcha – Art
  16. Smt. Sudha Malhotra – Art
  17. Shri Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz – Art
  18. Shri Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy – Art
  19. Ms. Mahrukh Tarapor – Art
  20. Shri Balwant Thakur – Art
  21. Shri Puran Das Baul – Art
  22. Shri Rajendra Tikku – Art
  23. Shri Pablo Bartholomew – Art
  24. Shri S. Shakir Ali – Art
  25. Sh. S.K.M Maeilanandhan – Social Work
  26. Ms. Nileema Mishra – Social Work
  27. Ms. Reema Nanavati – Social Work
  28. Ms. Jharna Dhara Chowdhury – Social Work
  29. Late Dr. Ram Krishan – Social Work
  30. Late Manju Bharat Ram – Social Work
  31. Prof. Mustansir Barma – Science and Engineering
  32. Shri Avinash Chander – Science and Engineering
  33. Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande – Science and Engineering
  34. Prof. (Dr.) Sankar Kumar Pal – Science and Engineering
  35. Prof. Deepak B. Phatak – Science and Engineering
  36. Dr. Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju – Science and Engineering
  37. Prof. Ajay K. Sood – Science and Engineering
  38. Prof. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan – Science and Engineering
  39. Dr. Manindra Agrawal – Science and Engineering
  40. Dr. Jayaraman Gowrishankar – Science and Engineering
  41. Prof. Sharad Pandurang Kale – Science and Engineering
  42. Smt. Vandana Luthra – Trade and Industry
  43. Ms. Rajshree Pathy – Trade and Industry
  44. Shri Hemendra Prasad Barooah – Trade and Industry
  45. Shri Milind Kamble – Trade and Industry
  46. Ms. Kalpana Saroj – Trade and Industry
  47. Dr. Sudarshan K. Aggarwal – Medicine
  48. Dr. C. Venkata S. Ram alias Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram – Medicine
  49. Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe – Medicine
  50. Dr. Taraprasad Das – Medicine
  51. Prof. (Dr.) T.V. Devarajan – Medicine
  52. Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal – Medicine
  53. Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka – Medicine
  54. Dr. Gulshan Rai Khatri – Medicine
  55. Dr. Ganesh Kumar Mani – Medicine
  56. Dr. Amit Prabhakar Maydeo – Medicine
  57. Dr. Sundaram Natarajan – Medicine
  58. Prof. Krishna Chandra Chunekar – Medicine
  59. Dr. Vishwa Kumar Gupta – Medicine
  60. Prof. (Capt.) Dr. Mohammad Sharaf-e-Alam – Literature & Education
  61. Dr. Radhika Herzberger – Literature & Education
  62. Shri J. Malsawma – Literature & Education
  63. Shri Devendra Patel – Literature & Education
  64. Dr. Rama Kant Shukla – Literature & Education
  65. Prof. Akhtarul Wasey – Literature & Education
  66. Prof. Anvita Abbi – Literature & Education
  67. Shri Nida Fazli – Literature & Education
  68. Shri Surender Kumar Sharma – Literature & Education
  69. Dr. Jagdish Prasad Singh – Literature & Education
  70. Late Shaukat Riaz Kapoor Alias Salik Lakhnawi – Literature & Education
  71. Prof. Noboru Karashima – Literature & Education
  72. Shri Christopher Pinney – Literature & Education
  73. Smt. Premlata Agrawal – Sports
  74. Shri Yogeshwar Dutt – Sports
  75. Shri Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha – Sports
  76. Subedar Major Vijay Kumar – Sports
  77. Shri Ngangom Dingko Singh – Sports
  78. Naib Subedar Bajrang Lal Takhar – Sports
  79. Ms. Ritu Kumar – Fashion Designing
  80. Dr. Ravindra Singh Bisht – Archaeology

For the complete and Original list click here.


I was reading an article on Yahoo relating to the Delhi Rape case, and I am was really shocked at some of the comments passed by the lawyer of the accused. Here is the complete article:

“”The five persons accused of gang-raping and killing of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in a moving bus have got lawyers to defend them.

All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, battered, naked, bleeding and shivering. The lady’s friend will be the main witness in the case.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who volunteered to defend one of the six accused, Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said the victim and her friend were responsible for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma, a 56-year-old Supreme Court advocate, said the victim’s friend was responsible for the attack as the couple should not have ventured out on the streets at night.

He further went on to say that he never heard of a respectable woman being raped in the country.

Speaking to The Independent, Manohar said: ‘I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.’

Blaming the victim’s friend, Manohar told The New York Times: ‘This all happened because of the lust of the boy. This is the boy who should be hanged. He’s responsible for everything. He should be punished.’

In an interview with Bloomberg, Manohar was quoted saying that he was ‘confident that the men will be proved innocent because there are a number of problems with the police investigation.’

“We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial,” Manohar told Reuters.

“We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It’s all on the basis of hearsay and presumption.”

Manohar said the police had rushed through the investigation against the five men even when they were not ready with the key detail of the age of the sixth member of the group, who lured the woman and a male friend into the bus and, according to leaked accounts, was the most brutal in the attack.

“When you have not even established the age of this person, how can you go to court bringing the charges against the others, and say your investigations are complete,” Sharma said.

“We all know how police investigations are carried out in India.”

Manohar also accused that Mukesh was being brutality tortured in police custody.

Sharma said police had sexually assaulted his client with a stick and humiliated him. “They urinated in his mouth, they did all kinds of things to him. He is facing the same torture now from the jail inmates,” he said.

Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.”

I really don’t understand how can an advocate pass such comments. I am fine with him pointing the flaws in the system, and the process that are followed in the investigations done by police department. Even his raising the points of the accused being tortured in the prison during investigation are valid to be raised (though one would say that these guys deserved for what they did) as these accused are not declared guilty by court as yet, and if we want/expect the overall system to be good, then we need the judgement to come out from the judge and whatever punishment is given, must be carried out.

But how on earth did he get the courage, the brains to speak a comment like “never heard of a respectable woman being raped“. I don’t know what exactly was thinking of when he spoke these words. These words are probably trying to disgrace the entire womankind. And this coming from an advocate, who must have said that in front of a judge in a courtroom, is actually a disgrace for the entire nation. I know he has to do a very tough job of defending these accused, but still how can one actually come up with such a statement. I know we have the right and freedom to speak, but we cannot really pass such comments. I would request Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma to please appologise for your statement in public if you do not want a public outrage against you. All I can say to Mr. Sharma is that the people whom you are defending have done an unpardonable crime, but even you are not much behind by giving such a statement.

And by saying another of his statement where he was asking the victim’s friend to be hanged, he has surely cracked the joke of the year, and probably even of the century. I must say this person is pretty humrous in nature. I don’t know why is he wasting his talent in courtrooms, he should appear in laughter shows on television. I am sure he would have more such humrous one-liners to speak.

I am really disappointed by reading that article, and that is why I had to write about it here. And my disappointment was more because, I too was in favour of a court trial to take place as these accused had the right to face the trial, defend themselves. In fact initally when I got to know of advocates coming ahead to defend them, I really admired the people for doing what was correct for the judicial system as a whole. But with such comments I am left shocked. All I can say is that I have always been proud of our country’s pledge all along where we said “All Indians are my brothers and sisters”, and today I am disgusted saying this line again thinking of these accused and largely thinking of you. Those people attacked just one girl, you have attacked all the women of the country. If I have to put it in your own words, you are the more “respectable” person than the accused, and this is what was not expected from you. All we expected from you was to fight for these accused with dignity, and not by getting down to their level.

I really don’t know if this is another of those cases that will go on and on, and Mr. Sharma has really done well in extending the case so far, but I don’t mind (though I would really be unhappy), if he can delay the judgement by coming out with good points in defence, but all I can hope is that he fights the case with a lot more social sensibility.

Rahul Dravid turns 40 today!

Posted: January 11, 2013 by Shishir Gupta in Cricket, India
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Rahul Dravid turns 40 today, and here I would like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday and also thank him for all the glorious days of cricket I got to witness when he played for India, whether be it in tests or in ODIs. Although he was always branded as a test player, his cotribution to ODI cricket has not been any less.

With whatever has happened in the test series against England at home last month, all I can say is I really missed him on the field. I really felt we needed him on the field especially since the tracks in Mumbai, Kolkata, and in Nagpur suited his style of batting more than that of the stylish strokeplayers we have in the current side. He definitely would have been an asset (as he has been throughout his career), in that series despite his growing age.

Also, it is unfortunate that he announced his retirement 10 months back as  had he been playing today, he could have mastered another record of becoming the seventh Indian player to play test cricket in his 40s, and the first to do it after since 196o. Unfortunately the record would have to wait for some more time.

Anyways, I would want to wish him a very happy birthday again, and I hope to see him, again with the Indian team (maybe as a coach) sometime soon.