The media is abuzz with Priyanka Chopra winning Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian award. Excelling professionally, taking India to the global stage and advocating the rights of women and children, she deserves to be on the list for sure. Proud as we are of Pee Cee, we are reminded of another woman who is also among the list of recipients of the award this year – Hyderabad-based social activist Sunitha Krishnan.
For Dr Krishnan, this was done by working with several international organisations, including the United Nations and the Department of Justice, United States of America.
Priyanka bagged Padmashree on 12 April 2016 and it was given to her by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Pee Cee has been Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty-Asia & Oceania 2000. Subsequently, she has been on lists like 'World's Sexiest Asian Women' and 'Most Powerful Women in the world'.
She has even won awards like GQ Women of the Year, and was the first South Asian actress to win People's Choice Award earlier this year.
Priyanka has done this through working on American television and wowing the world with her beauty, intelligence and acting prowess.
The feathers in Dr Krishnan's cap are no less pride-inducing. Honours conferred upon her include the Ashoka Fellowship, Stree Shakti Puraskar from Government of India, CNN-IBN Real Hero Award, Tejaswini Award from FICCI, Indiavision Person of the Year Award, G8 Woman of the Year for 2011 and Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice.
The international titles won by her include Perdita Huston International Award for Human Right given out by United Nations, Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes of the US Department of State, John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Leadership Award, Living Legends Award from Human Symphony Foundation and People of the Year award from LIMCA Book of Records.