Senior politicians Sharad Pawar, Murli Manohar Joshi and the late P.A. Sangma are among seven recipients of the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second-highest civilian honour, it was announced on Wednesday.

President Pranab Mukherjee has named 89 people for the country’s highest civilian awards, including seven Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri awards, to mark India’s 68th Republic Day.

The awardees included 19 women and five persons NRIs/PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) while six of the awards have been made posthumously.

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