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Buddhadeb Turns Down Padma Bhushan; Sandhya Mukherjee, Anindo Chatterjee Padma Shri

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Kolkata: Former West Bengal Chief Minister and iconic Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya unleashed a powerful message politically by refusing to accept the Padma Bhushan award conferred upon him by the Centre for his work in Public Affairs.

“I know nothing about this award. No one has told me anything about it. If they have decided to offer Padma Bhushan to me, I refuse to accept it,” the ailing leader said via a terse statement.

“Com. Buddhadeb Bhattacharya who was nominated for the Padma Bhushan award has declined to accept it. The CPI(M) policy has been consistent in declining such awards from the State. Our work is for the people not for awards. Com EMS who was earlier offered an award had declined it,” the CPI(M) said via a social media post.

For the record, another iconic Marxist leader EMS Namboodiripad, who was the first Communist Chief Minister of India, had also turned down the Padma Vibhushan award conferred upon him in 1992 by the then Congress government.

Bhattacharya garnered support from the country’s senior leaders. former Union Minister and Congress Rajya Sabha MP, Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Right thing to do. He wants to be Azad not Ghulam.”

Ramesh’s apparent pun has also been interpreted as a needle attack on Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who has been conferred the Padma Bhushan.

Legendary Bengali singer, Sandhya Mukherjee too refused to accept Padma Shri award saying it was “humiliating”.

“She was informed over phone by the Central Ministry that she was going to be given the Padma Shri. She is 90 years old. She recorded her first song at the age of 12… at her age, to be awarded a Padma Shri for someone of her stature, we feel is nothing short of an insult. She has already refused it,” her daughter Soumi Sengupta was quoted as saying by Frontline.

Tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee is another prominent personality who has turned down his Padma Shri. “I have arrived at this point after dedicating my life to music. The award has come too late and I did not like the manner in which it was being conferred, so I said no to it,” he said.

The renowned classical singer Rashid Khan and screen actor Victor Banerjee were also conferred the Padma Bhushan award in 2022.

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