PM Modi gets UAE’s highest honour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s highest civilian award, last month in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries.
The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The award was conferred on Modi by the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
This is not the only award bestowed on the Indian prime minister. Seoul Peace Prize in October, 2018. Among other highest civilian awards from various countries, Modi has received ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ of Russia in April, 2019; Grand Collar of the State of Palestine in February, 2018; Amir Amanullah Khan Award of Afghanistan in June, 2016; King Abdulaziz Sash Award of Saudi Arabia in April 2016.
But he’s not the only Indian to receive the highest honours abroad. Former prime minister Morarji Desai was the first Indian to be awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan, highest civilian award of the country in 1990.
Similarly, Acharya Vinoba Bhave was the first recipient of the Magsaysay Award. Indira Gandhi was conferred with Bangladesh’s highest honour the Bangladesh Swadhinata Sammanona. Personalities like APJ Abdul Kalam, Shahrukh Khan, Dileep Kumar, Sachin Tendulkar, Lata Mangeshkar and many others have been bestowed with international awards in the past.