This year’s list of Padma awardees makes for a very interesting reading, like the previous many years. It’s a good mix of people and the categories that they have got awarded for, I was very happy to see some names from Business, Education and science and technology and I hope these categories become the largest cohort of awardees in the future. There are so many names in the list that are not famous yet and are doing a fantastic job in their respective fields.
One name and story stood out from the list, that of Dr Hanumantha Rao Pasupuleti from Hyderabad who runs the Sweekar Rehabilitation Centre and has helped more than 86 lc disabled people in his 46 years of service in the field of medicine. A motivating story and an impactful life. The article I found about him is below for reference, with the link for the list of this years Padma awardees.
Dr Hanumantha Rao Pasupuleti paved the way for disabled persons across the country
Dr Hanumantha Rao Pasupuleti during his more-than-four-decade journey has paved the way for disabled persons across the country. He is one of the three persons from Telangana to be awarded with India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. He was selected for the award from the field of medicine. ‘My dream is to establish a university of rehabilitation sciences for the welfare of disabled people, which will be a one-of-its-kind institution in the world, he said while speaking to The Hindu.
Speaking on getting awarded with rhe Padma Shri, Dr Hanumantha Rao said “I am happy and satisfied that the government has recognized me and this message will reach society as well. Though the award is delayed, it is not denied. If I was given the award a few decades ago, then I would have had the same zeal and enthusiasm to further take the services forward and reach a large mass but now, I am looking for a social partner who can join me in taking Sweekar to the next level.”