The recent announcement by PM Narendra Modi pertaining the "small change" that the government of India has made in the nomination process of Padma awards has got the people thinking about their favourites in various fields of music, culture and society. In a meeting organised by Niti Aayog today, the PM said, "Change will be powered by each and every citizen of India."

Further explaining his stance, he said that the nomination process will now not be restricted to the government officials only and that even common man has the right to nominate their favourites, given they have the pre-requisite merits. Speaking at the Champions of Change' programme held in the national capital, the PM said, "Remember how Padma Awards were given earlier? We brought in a 'small' change - people can recommend names for awards, unlike the past." The Padma Awards Committee comprises the Prime Minister and is headed by the Cabinet Secretary includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six members.

The awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Award Committee, which are then submitted to the Prime Minister and the President for Approval. The awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day each year. 

Namma Bengaluru is a true appreciator of social and climatic activism and there is no dearth of such people from the city hitting the headlines. Culture, music and cinema are also in our blood since they all represent the kind of people we are. So, our choice could be:

Parvaty Baul: The lone bridge between the divine and the earthly, Parvaty Baul is known for her music for the divine and the connection He has with the people in their daily lives. A revolution in itself, the Baul genre has found a national and international sensation with the singing minstrel. She is instrumental in revolutionising the concept of Baul music by making it easily comprehensible for the people of all regions. She also propagates music as the divine connection between God and man. An epitome of cultural unity, spiritualism and peace through spiritualism, Parvaty Baul can be considered the sole champion of the purpose that music serves in India.

Chhavi Rajawat: Her claim to fame is the work she has been doing in her village after doing an MBA degree and leaving opportunities to work with top multi nationals in the country and abroad. She became the first woman sarpanch of India,  heading the village she hails from-Soda, which is 60 kms away from Jaipur. She has been tirelessly working for her people and is instrumental in implementing sevarl projects including rain water harvesting, toilets in her village.

Durga Shakti Nagpal: The IAS officer came into news for her stand against the sand mafia, which attracted her suspension. She is known to stand against corruption since the beginning of her career. Apart from the sand mafia, she was also criticised for her stand against illegal construction of religious institutions, which branded her as a religious fanatic. Her suspension created a huge uproar among the people of India who backed her and campaigned against her alleged suspension. She is now functioning as the joint magistrate of Kanpur.

Pawan Kumar: Director Pawan Kumar is known for revolutionising the Kannada film industry with his plots that are grounded in current affairs. For instance, his film Lucia deals with the repurcussions of drugs and drug abuse. His film U-turn is about the importance of traffic rules at U-turn and how defying them could lead to accidents. The second film had such an impact on the audience that a group of youngsters took to reforming the traffic in their area.

Puttanna Kanagal: Another director in Karnataka, his films speak volumes of women empowerment. With his film, Shubhamangala, speaks of a woman fighting for her independence. The story is about the growth of Hema from a pampered girl into a self-reliant woman who earns a living, not wanting to depend on others. Film Sharapanjara dealth with split-personality disorder and how a woman deals with it. The film revolves around the issues of a woman's chastity, the acceptance of mentally ill by society and unfaithful spouses.