Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Awards
|Type||Civilian - PR Activity of tobacco company Godfrey Phillips (Surrogate Advertisement)|
|Awarded by||Godfrey Phillips India Ltd.|
The Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Awards (formerly: Red and White Bravery Awards) is a surrogate tobacco brand promotional activity of Godfrey Phillips India, instituted in 1990, as a PR Campaign to promote its cigaratte brand "Red and White" by awarding courageous people in Indian society, supported by a parallel advertising campaign titled, "Red & White Piney Walon Ki Baat hi Kuch Aur Hai." The award pretends to recognise the ordinary citizens who have selflessly performed extraordinary, little-known acts of physical bravery and social acts of courage, thereby setting an example for others to follow.
Presented annually, these awards are the only awards of their kind instituted by a tobacco company which uses its corporate identity to give awards.
The surrogate activity is under challenge by the public health community and the Government as being violative of Section 5 of the "Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003." Many recipients like actor Vivek Oberoi, activist Harman Siddu  have returned these awards after realising that the award is a surrogate activity of the tobacco industry. The award was formerly known as Red and White Bravery Awards but its name was changed in 2003, in response to protests from various quarters about surrogate advertising for the Red and White cigarette brand. In 2006, film actor Preity Zinta was appointed as the brand ambassador of the awards.
Tobacco company Godfrey Phillips claim that the award is judged by a panel comprising personalities from fields like administrative services, police and retired judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, social workers and media celebrities, the selection process involves thorough checking of cited events, persons and places, in order to ensure that only deserving individuals are given the awards. However, most of the recipients, including Harman Sidhu, who returned the award, mentioned that there's no Jury but only the PR Company which contacts the likely participants one day before the actual presentation.
The awards include three main categories, and one category for lifetime achievement. Until 2003, the awards were presented in two main categories, Physical Bravery and Social Acts of Courage. Winners in each category were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, which entail cash prizes of Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000, and Rs. 10,000 respectively. In 2003, a major new category, Mind of steel Award, was added to the two main categories; its first recipient was actress Preity Zinta. The Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service, was instituted in 1997.
Physical Bravery Award
|“||This award is for performing a selfless act of bravery at great personal risk to save life, or property of someone else. This honour can be given posthumously as well.||”|
Social Bravery Award
|“||This award recognizes valiant efforts against social evils like drug abuse, dowry, child labour, corruption, illiteracy, environmental pollution, etc. Individuals as well as social organizations registered in India are eligible for this award. Dr. D.P Sharma, a global icon in Information Technology and renowned Professor is recipient of this prestigious Award for the technology based rehabilitation, fighting against Cricket Celebrities and their organizations indulged in financial scams. Subsequently he appealed to return this Award after disclosure of corruption and fixing in cricket.||”|
Mind of steel Award
|“||This award recognizes people who despite having their limitations have performed far beyond the ordinary and pushed the limits of courage and performance to a new level. This award also recognizes people who have stood by their personal convictions in a social situation, without thinking at all about the consequences.||”|
Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Service
|“||This award is given to an outstanding citizen for his/her remarkable lifetime contribution in the field of social service. Those who have selflessly spent their lives working for the betterment of society.||”|
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