Jawaharlal Nehru Award

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding
Type Civilian
Category International
First awarded 1965
Total awarded 36
Awarded by Government of India
Cash award INR 2.5 million
First awardee(s) U Thant

The Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding is an international award presented by the Government of India in honour of Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's first prime minister.

History[edit]

It was established in 1965 and is administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to people "for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among people of the world". The money constituent of this award is 2.5 million rupees.[1]

Recipients[edit]

The following people have received this award. No prize was awarded in 1986 and between 1995 to 2003.[2]

Year Recipient Country
1965 U Thant Flag of Burma (1948-1974).svg Burma
1966 Martin Luther King, Jr. (posthumous)  United States
1967 Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan  Pakistan
1968 Yehudi Menuhin  United States
1969 Mother Teresa  India
1970 Kenneth Kaunda  Zambia
1971 Josip Broz Tito Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia
1972 André Malraux  France
1973 Julius Nyerere  Tanzania
1974 Raul Prebisch  Argentina
1975 Jonas Salk  United States
1976 Giuseppe Tucci  Italy
1977 Tulsi Meherji Shrestha    Nepal
1978 Nichidatsu Fujii  Japan
1979 Nelson Mandela  South Africa
1980 Barbara Ward  United Kingdom
1981 Alva Myrdal
Gunnar Myrdal
 Sweden
1982 Leopold Sedar Senghor  Senegal
1983 Bruno Kreisky  Austria
1984 Indira Gandhi (posthumous)  India
1985 Olof Palme (posthumous)  Sweden
1987 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  Peru
1988 Yasser Arafat  Palestine
1989 Robert Mugabe  Zimbabwe
1990 Helmut Kohl  Germany
1991 Aruna Asaf Ali  India
1992 Maurice Strong  Canada
1993 Aung San Suu Kyi  Burma
1994 Mahathir Mohamad  Malaysia
1995 Hosni Mubarak  Egypt
2003 Goh Chok Tong  Singapore
2004 Sultan Qaboos (yet to be presented)  Oman
2005 Wangari Maathai  Kenya
2006 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva  Brazil
2007 Olafur Ragnar Grimsson  Iceland
2009 Angela Merkel  Germany

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