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Posted On: 26 AUG 2019

Modi - Vishwa Hriday Samrat

It is rightly said that great men are born ahead of their times. They set an example for their compatriots and future generations to follow by their deeds and actions. The society and the people who benefit from their thoughts and services show their gratitude and appreciation by calling them heroes. The highest form of recognition is when the honours are bestowed by the fellow citizens during one's lifetime itself. Our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi is one such exceptional personality. He is loved, revered and honoured not only in India but internationally as well.

The qualities of mind and heart, thinking more like a reformer than a politician, promoting goodwill and friendship , and dispensing social justice are the hallmark of Modiji's personality and that is why within a short period as a prime minister he has gained more prestige and honour internationally then any of his predecessors.

In the last five years Modiji has been honoured by the United Nations, Afghanistan, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Maldives, the UAE and Bahrain. Afghanistan was the first to confer its highest civilian award, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award in June 2014. Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash, was given to Modiji in 2016.

Modiji's contribution to saving Mother Earth was recognised by the UN in September 2018 which honoured him with its highest environmental honour. Modiji was conferred the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award for championing the International Solar Alliance and his promise to phase out single-use plastic in India by 2022.

Modiji is the first Indian prime minister who made an official visit to Palestine and was honoured with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine in February 2018.

Next on the list of honours is the Seoul Peace Prize awarded in October 2018 lauding Modinomics for bridging the gap between the rich and the poor and his war on corruption. The Seoul prize committee hailed the 'Modi Doctrine' and the 'Act East Policy' for contributing to regional and global peace. Modiji was conferred with Russia's highest civilian decoration The Order of St Andrew the Apostle in April 2019 for "exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries". India's bond with Russia has withstood test of time and Modiji further strengthened it. Again in a first, Modiji's visit to Maldives in June 2019 was the first by Indian Prime Minister in the last eight years during which he was awarded the nation's highest civilian honour, the Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen.

Our beloved Prime Minister received highest civilian awards of two countries on Saturday. The first was UAE’s the Order of Zayed for "his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations" and the second, The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance in Bahrain. Modiji is the first Indian Prime Minister to officially visit Bahrain.

It is evident from the number and the different type of honours awards and recognitions given to Shri Modi that he has left a permanent imprint on national as well as international polity. A very striking feature of Shri Modi's repertoire of recognitions and awards is the long list of Middle East Muslim nations who recognise and treat him as their friend and well-wisher. His diplomacy and building of goodwill has created for India a new area of influence both for political and economic gain.

Countries like China which are investing in Pakistan in the hope that the Pakistani army will help them ward off threat from Islamic terrorists will ultimately have to join Modi's war on terror. He is the best hope for shutting down Pakistan's terror exporting factories and bringing peace not just to the region but worldwide. The Nobel Peace Prize committee regretted not bestowing the honour on India's first apostle of peace, Mahatma Gandhi. Hopefully the modern Gandhian who is nurturing New India will give them the chance to make amends.

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