Do you gloss over India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Awards?
Is it something that just flits past your horizon because the names are those of familiar — and dare we say this, possibly undeserving — celebrities?
Do you ignore that momentary frisson of annoyance as you move to the next news item or the next WhatsApp forward?
Well, pause this year.
For there are names there that will make you want to stand up and applaud. These are people who faced the greatest tragedies and challenges in their life with impressive dignity and used it to improve the lives of Nature, of those around them.
If you are wondering why you haven’t heard of these heroes before, why they aren’t being lauded every day, it’s because their goal wasn’t be in the news. Their goal was to help. And to change the future.
Which is what makes this year’s Padma Awards, which acknowledged these heroes, an honour truly worth celebrating.