New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Friday conferred with the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 on his visit to South Korea. Notably, the Prime Minister was felicitated for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event. The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony. Also Read - PM Modi to Address India Global Week 2020 on Thursday, Focus on India-UK Ties, Trade, Investment
PM Modi is the 14th recepient of the award and the past laureates included former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and renowned international relief organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: Sharad Pawar Again Sides With Modi, Defends PM's Visit to Leh
“This award does not belong to me personally but to the people of India, the success India has achieved in the last 5 years, powered by the skill of 1.3 billion people. On their behalf, I accept the Award and express my gratitude,” said PM Modi, after receiving the award. Also Read - Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: In Letter to PM, Congress Leader Calls For CBI Probe
Furthermore, he asserted that the award was a recognition of the philosophy that gave the world the message of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (the world is a family)”. “It is for the culture that has given the message of peace even on the battle field. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna preached the Bhagwad Gita during the battle,” he said.
“The Seoul Peace Prize is for the land which prays may there be peace everywhere in the sky, in the space, all over planet, in nature. May there be eternal peace. This award is for the people who have always put societal good above individual ambitions. And I am honoured that it is being conferred on me this year, when we celebrate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” the Prime Minister added.
Donating the award money to the Namami Gange fund, PM Modi said, “I would like to contribute the monetary award of $200,000 i.e. Rs 1 crore 30 lakh to the Namami Gange fund for our efforts to clean river Ganga, which is not just the economic lifeline of millions of people but is also held sacred by us.”