Unlike 2009, when quite a few from the Indian media industry were lauded with the Padma Awards, the year 2010 didn’t see any Indian media personalities make it to the prestigious list. US-based Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek was the sole recipient of Padma Bhushan this year in the Journalism category.
Zakaria has been the Editor of Newsweek International since October 2000. He is the author of ‘From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role’ (Princeton, 1998), ‘The Future of Freedom’ (Norton, 2003), and ‘The Post-American World’ (2008). He was a news analyst with ABC's ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ (2002-07), and had hosted the weekly TV news show ‘Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria’ on PBS (2005-08). He is now known for his weekly show, ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’ (Global Public Square) that had premiered on CNN in June 2008.
At the 2010 Padma Awards, a total of six Padma Vibhushan Awards, 43 Padma Bhushan Awards and 81 Padma Shri Awards were given. It may be recalled that in 2009, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express, was conferred the Padma Bhushan. NaiDunia Indore’s Abhay Chhajlani, NaiDunia Delhi Editor Alok Mehta, and veteran broadcaster and one of the most recognised voices on Indian radio, Ameen Sayani, were awarded the Padma Shri. Media personalities such as Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Dua and Barkha Dutt were awarded in 2008.