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Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Hon'ble Member of Rajya Sabha
20th Mahaveer Award - 2017

Subramanian Swamy (born 15 September 1939) is an Indian economist, mathematician, jurist and politician who serves as a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was the President of the Janata Party until it merged with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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Shri S Gurumurthy

Academic, Corporate Advisor & Well-Known Commentator on Economic and Political Affairs
19th Mahaveer Award - 2016

(Academic and Corporate Adviser and well known commentator on Political and Economic Affairs) Swaminathan Gurumurthy is an Indian journalist editing the Tamil political weekly Thuglaq and chartered accountant. He is the co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch.

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Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot

Hon’ble Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment
18th Mahaveer Award - 2015

Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot (born 18 May 1948) is an Indian politician who currently serves as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Modi ministry. He is member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian Parliament, representing the state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Dr. S S Badrinath

Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya
17th Mahaveer Award - 2015

Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath is the Indian founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai; one of India's eye hospitals.He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences. Dr Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath was born in Triplicane

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Shri Hamid Ansari M

Hon'ble Vice President Of India
16th Mahaveer Award - 2013

Mohammad Hamid Ansari (born 1 April 1937) is an Indian politician who served as Vice-President of India from 2007 to 2017. He has also served as an Indian ambassador and is ex-chairman of Rajya Sabha. Ansari was the first person to be re-elected as Indian VP

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Dr. K Rosaiah

Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu
15th Mahaveer Award - 2012

Konijeti Rosaiah (born 4 July 1933) is an Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2010and Governor of Tamil Nadu from 2011 to 2016. He was previously an MLC, MLA and MP from the Indian National Congress numerous times

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Shri M K Narayanan

Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal
14th Mahaveer Award - 2011

Mayankote Kelath Narayanan (born 10 March 1934) is an Indian diplomat and former IPS officer. He was National Security Adviser of India from 2005 to 2010, assuming the role after the demise of his predecessor Jyotindra Nath Dixit in January 2005

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Prof M S Swaminathan

Hon’ble Member of Parliament & Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai
13th Mahaveer Award - 2010

Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (born 7 August 1925) is an Indian geneticist and International administrator, renowned for his leading role in India's Green Revolution, a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice

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Smt Pratibha Patil

Hon'ble President of India
11th & 12th Mahaveer Award - 2008

Pratibha Rao Patil (born 19 December 1934) is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012. A member of the Indian National Congress, Patil is the only woman to hold the office. She previously served as the Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.

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Shri T N Chaturvedi

Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka
10th Mahaveer Award - 2006

Triloki Nath Chaturvedi (born 19 January 1929) was the Governor of Karnataka, a state in India, from 2002 to 2007. Chaturvedi is a retired IAS officer and held the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1984 to 1989. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991.

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Shri Surjeet Singh Barnala

Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu
9th Mahaveer Award - 2005

Surjit Singh Barnala (21 October 1925 – 14 January 2017) was an Indian politician who served as the Chief Minister of Punjab state from 1985 to 1987. Following that he served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Shri K R Malkani

Hon'ble Lt. Governor of Pondicherry
7th & 8th Mahaveer Award - 2003

Kewalram Ratanmal Malkani (November 19, 1921 - October 27, 2003) was a journalist, historian and politician associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Born in Hyderabad, Sindh, (now in Pakistan), he received his education at D.G. National College, Hyderabad

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Shri P T R Palanivelrajan

Hon'ble Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
6th Mahaveer Award - 2000

Ponnambala Thyaga Rajan Palanivel Rajan (27 February 1932 – 20 May 2006) was an Indian politician.He graduated in Political Science from Madras Christian College and then studied Law at Madras Law College.

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Dr. M Karunanidhi

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
5th Mahaveer Award - 1999

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, by name Kalaignar, original name Dakshinamurthy, (born June 3, 1924, Thirukkuvalai, near Thiruvarur, India), Indian politician and government official who was one of the founding members of the Dravidian Progressive Federation

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Shri Krishan Kant

Hon'ble Vice President of India
4th Mahaveer Award - 1998

Krishan Kant, Indian politician (born Feb. 28, 1927, Kot Mohammad Khan, Punjab, India, devoted his entire life to Indian freedom, social welfare, and civil liberties and rose to become vice president in 1997. Kant, who came from a family of devout followers of Mohandas Gandhi

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Shri Karan Singh

Hon’ble Member of Parliament
3rd Mahaveer Award - 1997

Karan Singh was born in Cannes, France into the Dogra dynasty, which was the Dogra Rajput family that ruled the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir. Singh was educated at Doon School, Dehra Dun, and received a B.A. degree from Jammu and Kashmir University, Srinagar

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Shri C Subramaniam

Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra
2nd Mahaveer Award - 1996

C. Subramaniam, Indian politician (born Jan. 30, 1910, Pollachi, near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, Chennai , India, was commonly referred to as the “Father of the Green Revolution” after he introduced a new variety of wheat seed that transformed Indian agriculture

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Shri K R Narayanan

Hon'ble President of India
1st Mahaveer Award - 1995

Kocheril Raman Narayanan, (born October 27, 1920, Uzhavoor, India), Indian politician and diplomat, who was the president of India from 1997 to 2002. In 1984 Narayanan became active in politics. He served in parliament as a cabinet minister and in 1992 was named vice president

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