8 docs among 26 Padma awardees
The Times of India, New Delhi
The list of those being conferred with the Padma Awards-2009 was announced on Sunday.
A list that included several prominent Delhiites who have excelled in their respective fields. An eclectic group that includes doctors, journalists, artists and researchers, 26 Delhiites found a mention among 133 awardees for this year.
Dr Purshotam Lal, chairman of the Metro Group of Hospitals, has been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan for his contributions in the field of medicine.
Dr Lal is an intravential cardiologist and has been recognised for his work on several platforms. He was specially distinguised for having performed the largest number of angioplasties as a single operator in the world.
Dr Kalyan Banerjee, the unassuming homeopath from CR Park, was among the few who have been awarded the Padma Shri.
Dr Banerjee, renowned for his treatment and also as one of the rare doctors who despite a flourishing practice still serves humanity, comes from the Mihijan Institute of Homeopathy.
"My teacher is Dr Parimal Banerjee and still continues to inspire me,'' said Banerjee who has been practicing in Delhi since 1977.
Another doctor, Brijendra Kumar Rao, the chairman of the board of directors of Gangaram Hospital, has been conferred with the Padma Bhushan. Dr Rao, who specialises as an anaestheologist and as an intensivist, has been working as a consultant with the Gangaram Hospital since 1983.
"I have been promoting these specialities since the past few years and even teach these streams. It is a great honour for me and comes as a recognition of the importance of the fields of anesthesia and intensive care,'' said Dr Rao.
A first for the Padma Awards list was the recognition in a field of science in which Professor Syed Iqbal Malik, associated with the Centre for Policy Research, was awarded the padma Shri for his research on Himalayan Glaciers.
Other prominent Delhiites who found mention in the list of Padma Bhushan awardees included journalist Shekhar Gupta, poet Kunwar Narain, Dr V D Triguna, Lt General Satish Nambiar for national security affairs and Sam Pitroda for his contributions to science and engineering.
The Padma Shri awardees included artists Dr Ameena Amhed Ahuja and Hemi Bawa among others, Professor Kiran Seth, Dr Arvind Lal of Dr Lal PathLabs, Dr A K Grover, Dr Ashok Vaid and Dr Yash Gulati for their contributions to the field of medicine and Dr A Sankara Reddy, Alok Mehta and Dr Utpal Banerjee for their work in the field of literature and education.