New Delhi: The government of India on Tuesday released data regarding all the Padma Awards—Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri—given since 1955. As per the data a total of 4,284 Padma awards have been given between the 1955-2016 period.

The highest number of Padma awards in one calendar year was given in 1972 when 148 Padma awards were announced. Interestingly, no awards were given in six years 1978 to 1979 and 1993 to 1996.

1: Fancy a Padma award—Stay in Delhi

Of every five Padma Awards at least one comes from Delhi which accounts for 793 cases (18.6%). Delhi is followed by Maharashtra with 748 awards and Tamil Nadu with 384 awards.

2: Regional Bias—North miles ahead of southern region. North-East gets negligible recognition.

In 63 years since 1955, Northern India has got 1558 Padma awards which is about 36.36 % of the total awards. This means one of every three Padma award comes to Northern India. Southern region got only 898 awards which is about 20.96%. North-East region, however, has got only 161 which is about 3.75%

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3: Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) during 10 years of its tenure (2004-2014) gave about 1,169 Padma awards. This means at least 27.29% (over 1/4th ) of total Padma awards given since 1955 were during UPA.

Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance government in last two years has given 215 awards.

4: About 54% (2,311) of Padma Awards given since 1955 were for arts, medicine and literature and education.

Of the 2,311 awards, art topped the list with 924 awards followed by literature and education with 850 awards and medicine with 537 awards.

5: The highest number of Padma awards in one calendar year was given in 1972 when 148 Padma awards were announced. Interestingly, no awards were given in six years 1978 to 1979 and 1993 to 1996.

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