Madanjeet Singh

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Madanjeet Singh (April 16, 1924 – January 6, 2013) was an Indian artist, writer, diplomat and philanthropist. From the year 2000, he was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Singh was born in Lahore. He sponsored the bi-annual UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.[1] He created the South Asia Foundation in 2000 as a regional youth movement and it has now grown to have chapters in eight countries.[2] He was praised as a "freedom fighter and a secular humanist" by Taslima Nasreen, for whom he had helped secure Indian Residency.[3] He is a Secular Humanist.[3] The South Asia Foundation (SAF) has offered scholarships to South Asian students under various disciplines in its 12 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence. These institutions are located in all 8 countries of South Asia and are teaching fine arts, journalism, regional cooperation, green technology, etc. Nishchal N. Pandey, in his book "New Nepal: The Faultlines", called him 'a lifelong adherent and a supporter of India's secular and plural culture'.


On January 6, 2013, Singh died in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France, at the age of 88 from a stroke.[4]


His many publications include:

  • Ajanta, painting of the sacred and the secular, Edita Lausanne, 1965


  1. ^ "UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence". UNESCO. 
  2. ^ Indian foundation helps Pakistan’s poor students, Daily Times (Pakistan), Jan 4, 2004
  3. ^ a b Mukherjee, Susmita (2009-09-09). "Q&A: 'It's worth upholding ideals that are good for mankind'". The Times Of India. p. 12. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Madanjeet Singh passes away". 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ Pandey, Ramesh Nath (Nov. 09-2012 (Kartik 24, 2069)). "Book Review: Culture of the Sepulchre". New Spotlight Magazine 06 (10). Retrieved August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Perilous Pilgrimage (book review), Time magazine, Feb 14, 1969

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