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This man, risked his life and visited militant infested areas in Tripura for decades, to give courage to people.


Bikram Bahadur Jamatia

🥇Padma shri 2023 | Tripura
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Bikram Bahadur Jamatia lives in his native village Moharcherra. He has dedicated his life to uplift and protect the tribals of Tripura

During the 1990's,the 2nd phase of insurgency started rising

Bikram Jamatia traveled to the remote locations which were infested with militants Image
Ignoring threats n motivated the tribals to stand up against NLFT,ATTF n small insurgent groups active in Tripura.

Over the years he has promoted indigenous faith, culture and heritage, had played the role of ambassador against alleged conversion in the state’s hilly areas. Image
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This man befriended a hostile tribe, which is beleived to have existed for 30,000 - 50,000 yrs and saved them from extinction!

Dr. Ratan Chandra Kar

🥇Padma Shri 2023| Andaman and Nicobar islands

Originally from West Bengal, his experience with Konyak tribe in Nagaland helped him get a job in Andaman and Nicobar islands as a health officer.

In 1998, a measles like disease hit the Jarawa tribe in the village of Kadmatla and Lakhralungta of Andaman and Nicobar islands.
The Jarawa tribe was known to shoot strangers with poison arrows at sight but it didn't deter Dr. Kar.

He not only introduced himself with gifts,coconuts n bananas but made door to door visits to befriend them.
The first day,he entered a hut n put ointment on an injured tribal.
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Puppetry, Drama, Narration, Dance, Storytelling.

How would you feel if I say, in India these different art forms composites into one - Harikatha

Meet Bhagvathar Kota Satchidanand Sastry

🥇Padma Shri 2023| Andhra Pradesh

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Harikatha, known by different names in parts of India, means the same all over - Story of Hari (Lord)

The performer of Harikatha is called Haridasa.

But our Haridasa was a bit different.

His command over the language is attributed to his fame but he credits Cinema for it. Image
After losing his father at 12,Kota Satchidanand performed pooja, yagams very efficiently.

He says he couldn't buy tickets to cinema,hence saw only few scenes n heard dialogues carefully.

Harikatha has an ancient history which is assumed to have drawn inspiration from Narad Muni Image
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This 103 yr old man has been playing an instrument since he was 5 yrs old and never put it down!

Meet Shri Mangala Kanti Roy from Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.

🎖Padma Shri 2023
For folk music.

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The instrument he plays is called Sarinda.

He is one of the oldest folk musicians in West Bengal and is famous for producing unique bird calls through Sarinda.

He has been holding workshops and shows to promote and preserve this instrument for over 8 decades. Image
Life has not been easy for him, promoting this art form has never given him any financial security.

He recalls talking to President A P J Abdul Kalam to help the dying art form and fading instrument.

Despite having three sons and a daughter, he leads a simple life alone. Image
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This is the first #MannKiBaat of 2022, today, we will take forward the inspiring stories of our citizens: PM @narendramodi #MannKiBaat
Just few days ago we celebrated republic day. Glimpses of bravery and capability of India shown at Delhi's Rajpath, filled everyone with pride and enthusiasm :PM @narendramodi #MannKiBaat
India is celebrating Azadi ke #AmritMahotsav. Many have written letters to me saying that Amar Jawan Jyoti stands as an internal flame of our martyrs who gave their life for the nation: PM @narendramodi #MannKiBaat
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Padma awards have been an eclectic mix of corporate chieftains, army men,politicians who set the narrative in more ways than one and more..

#PadmaAwards under @narendramodi govt reward bravery,innovation,public service, entrepreneurship and beyond..
Recognising talent from the North East,a region that was systematically ignored by various Congress regimes,is the unique feature of #PadmaAwards this year

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Kazi Masum Akhtar was d Headmaster of Talpukur High Madrasa in Metiabruz , Kolkata Port. In March 2015, he had his skull cracked open by d local Maulanas & their henchmen for making d students sing d National Anthem on Republic Day which d clerics regarded as un-Islamic👇 Image
A fatwa was also issued against his entry in Metiabruz. His complaints to d Education Dept of WB, d Minorities Commission & Kolkata Police went unheard as no one wanted to displease local clerics who were locally influential.He repeatedly put his life on the line to save poor👇
minor M girls from marriages as 2nd & 3rd wives to men twice their age or more. He pleaded wd their parents to send them to school instead. He valiantly defied d fatwa to grow a beard & wear salwar pyjamas to d madrasa. He was transferred to maintain communal harmony in d area👇 Image
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Update on #PadmaAwards2021. I am covering only arts and culture category first!

Shri #SPBalasubramanyam ji awarded the #PadmaVibhushan posthumously. 🙏

Better late than never!
The wonderful artist and sculptor from Odisha Sri Sudarshan Sahoo ji honoured with the #PadmaVibhushan award. 🙏😀 Image
The wonderful film playback singer KS Chitra awarded the #PadmaBhushan award. 😀🙏 Image
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George Fernandes, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously #PadmaAwards
Other Padma Vibhushan awardees are former Mauritius PM Anerood Jugnauth, boxer M C Mary Kom; artist Chhannulal Mishra and spiritual leader Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (posthumous)
16 Padma Bhushan awarded. List includes industrialist Anand Mahindra, former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, badminton star P V Sindhu, former Nagaland CM and ex-governor S C Jamir
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This thread will list down the 75 reasons why everyone should vote for @narendramodi and @BJP4India

Thanks to @muglikar_ and @IndiaPeCharcha for coming up with these brilliant 1 minute videos.

My effort here is to list all the 75 reasons in a single thread
#Reason1 - @BJP4India MPs work for you.

👉 #Attendance #DiscussBills
👉#PassLaw #75ReasonsToVoteForModi #PhirEkBaarModiSarkaar

#1MinuteTalk by @muglikar_ and @IndiaPeCharcha -

#Reason2 - Electricity for All

👉 100% Rural Electrification #DeendayalGramJyotiYojana
👉 Electrification of 100% households #Saubhagya

@PiyushGoyal @grameenvidyut

#75ReasonsToVoteForModi #PhirEkBaarModiSarkaar

#1MinuteTalk @muglikar_
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Received a call today it was in recorded voice of PM @narendramodi , about how d selection process of #PadmaAwards has been transformed by his govt & hw making d process online has led to maintain transparency. Happy to receive the call . Thread on awardees 👇
After changing the selection process common ppl arw now being honoured becoz the emphasis is no longer on the nominee but the work done, without any "Sifarish" (recommendation).
Lakshmikutty, a tribal woman from Kerala, who prepares 500 herbal medicine from memory and help thousands of people especially in snake and insect bite cases, is among the awardees.
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