Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

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Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award
Civilian award for contributions towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace
Sponsored byAll India Congress Committee
Reward(s)Rs. 10 lakh
First awarded1992

Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (English: Rajiv Gandhi National Communal Harmony Award) is an Indian award given for outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony, national integration and peace. The award was instituted by All India Congress Committee of the Indian National Congress Party (INC), in 1992 to commemorate the lasting contribution made by the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, carries a citation and a cash award of Rs. ten lakhs. It is given on 20 August, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, which is celebrated as Sadbhavna Diwas (Harmony Day).[1][2]


Former recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, Shenai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, Former Assam Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia and freedom fighter Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Jagan Nath Kaul, Dilip Kumar and author Kapila Vatsyayan, Wahiuddin Khan(Islamic scholar), Kiran Seth(founder of SPIC MACAY) (2011). Other recipients are civil society activists Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (jointly), S N Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh and Madari Moideen (jointly), former President K R Narayanan, Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta (2007), N Radhakrishnan and Gautam Bhai.[1][3]

Year Recipients Notes
1995 Jagan Nath Kaul [4] Social activist, Founder of SOS Children's Village of India (SOS CVI)
1996 Lata Mangeshkar [5] Singer
1998 Sunil Dutt[6] Actor, Politician, Peace Activist
2000 Kapila Vatsyayan [7] Scholar
2003 S. N. Subba Rao [8] Peace Activist
2004 Swami Agnivesh[9] Social Activist
2006 Nirmala Deshpande[10] Social Activist
2007 Hem Dutta [3] Social Activist
2008 N Radhakrishnan [11][12] Social Activist
2009 Gautam Bhai [13] Social Activist
2010 Wahiduddin Khan Islamic Scholar, Peace Activist [14]
2011 SPIC MACAY[1] Promotes Indian Classical Music and culture among the youth
2012 D. R. Mehta[1] Work through Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur
2013 Amjad Ali Khan Musician
2014 Muzaffar Ali Film Maker
2016 Shubha Mudgal Singer
2017 Mohammad Azharuddin Former Cricketer
M.Gopala Krishna Retired IAS Officer
2018 Gopalkrishna Gandhi Communal Harmony, Peace and Goodwill

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  1. ^ a b c d "SPICMACAY For Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award". Outlook. 5 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Rajiv Gandhi remembered on his 65th birth anniversary". Deccan Herald. 20 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Sadbhavana Award for Hem Dutta". The Hindu. 21 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Muzaffar Ali to get Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award". The Hindu. 1 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Lata gets Rajiv Gandhi award". Indian Express. 21 August 1997.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Sunil Dutt — film star, peace activist, secularist, politician extraordinary". The Hindu. 26 May 2005.
  7. ^ "Secularism under assault, says Sonia". The Hindu. 21 August 2001.
  8. ^ "Rajiv Gandhi award". The Hindu. 24 July 2003.
  9. ^ Swami Agnivesh - Biography betterworldheroes.com..
  10. ^ "A votary of peace and harmony". The Hindu. 2 May 2008.
  11. ^ "Radhakrishnan gets Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award". Sify.com. 20 August 2008.
  12. ^ "PM warns against divisive forces". Indian Express. 21 August 2008.
  13. ^ "PM presents Sadbhavana award to Gautam Bhai". Zee News. 20 August 2009.
  14. ^ "Muslim scholar gets Sadhbhavana Award". Sify.com. 20 August 2010.

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