Famous badminton player Jwala Gutta has questioned the merits and process of awarding Padma honours in India.
Taking to Facebook, Gutta wrote, “I always wondered the concept of applying for particular award which is the most reputed awards in our country.. but then that’s what the procedure is.. so I did apply…applied cos it’s prestigious to have the award..cos I thought maybe I made the people of my country proud by my game and deserved it…
“I have been playing for this country for more than 15 years now..and have won so many prestigious tournaments..I thought maybe I should apply..but I guess it’s never enough..you need recommendations, recommendations that you deserve an award. You need to put in a word and get letters and the list goes on and on..but the question I still have is why do I have to apply for an award and also ask for recommendation. Aren’t my credentials good enough? (sic)”
She later told ANI, “I was world number 6 in mix doubles and world number 10 in women’s doubles. Still I didn’t get it. It is a little hurtful.”
The central government on Wednesday had announced winners of Padma honours. Among those who won these awards on the eve of India’s Republic Day included politician Sharad Pawar, Bollywood actors, Nana Patekar, late Rajesh Khanna and Vidya Balan. Among sportspersons, legendary badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu were honoured with Padma awards.
Gutta has had an impressive career and had won gold medal in Delhi Commonwealth Games and silver in Glasgow four years later.
Her gold medal winning performance in Delhi CWG had won her Arjuna Award in 2011.