Microsoft Nadella and Google Pichai have been honored for their contribution in the “trade and industry” category..
Padma Bhushan is the 3rd highest civilian award in India after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.
The Padma honors are given for exceptional service in different fields – art, public affairs, social work, science and engineering, medicine, trade and industry, literature and education, sports, and civil service.
The Indian American business executives – Nadella, 54, and Pichai, 49 – have been honored. India’s first Chief of Defence Staff- General Bipin Rawat, who died last month in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu along with his wife and 12 others, has been awarded Padma Vibhushan.
Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who died last year, will receive Padma Vibhushan posthumously for the Public Affairs. Late CDS General Bipin Rawat will be posthumously conferred with Padma Vibhushan for Civil Service. The Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will be honored with Padma Bhushan for Public Affairs.
Government revealed the name of the Padma awardees a day before Republic Day celebrations in line with the annual traditions.