Heroism doesn’t need standards! Padma Winners who were barefoot, in the spotlight!

Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight : Many padma Shree award winners went barefoot and became the spotlight ! read more!


Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight: Environmentalist Tulsi Gowda, orange seller Harekala Hajabba, agriculturist Rahibai Soma Popere and artist Dalavayi Chalapathi Rao are seen in viral images walking barefoot and receiving India’s highest civilian awards from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight!
Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight: Tulsi gowda

The spotlight is on unsung heroes in the Padma awards functions this week and four recipients who went barefoot to the ceremony have drawn much praise and admiration on social media.

Environmentalist Tulsi Gowda, orange seller Harekala Hajabba, agriculturist Rahibai Soma Popere and artist Dalavayi Chalapathi Rao are seen in viral images walking barefoot and receiving India’s highest civilian awards from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight: The Heroes!

“They are barefoot, but have the Padma Shri in their hands,” wrote filmmaker and activist Ashok Pandit in an appreciation post, sharing images of all four and tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

All these Padma awardees have gained wide recognition for their achievements, largely unknown till now. They won hearts with their traditional attire.

Images of Tulsi Gowda greeting PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and others before receiving the Padma Shri went viral.

Padma Winners who were barefoot in Spotlight: Tulsi Gowda

The 72-year-old tribal activist from Karnataka is known as an “encyclopaedia of forests”; she never went to school but gained all her knowledge working in government nurseries from a young age. She belongs to the Halakki indigenous tribe in Uttara Kannada.

Harekala Hajabba, an orange seller in Mangalore, Karnataka, saved money to build a school in his village. He is known as a “Saint of Letters”. Reports quote him as saying he felt compelled to go as he did because for years, he could not even afford footwear.

He received the award wearing his trademark white dhoti and shirt.

Rahibai Soma Popere, who won the Padma Shri for her contribution to agriculture, is a tribal farmer belonging to the Mahadeo Koli community in Maharashtra. She is known as “Seed Mother”.

Dalavayi Chalapathi Rao is a renowned artist in leather puppetry in Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh.

The 84-year-old has won many awards for his incredible shadow puppet craft, passed down generations.

What are your views on these heroes? Comment below!

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