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VP Presents First Sree Narayana Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari presented the First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 to Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Government of India at a function in Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala on 10th September, 2013.

About the Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award

Secularism and democracy are the fundamental principles on which our republic is founded. They are enshrined in the preamble of our Constitution. So are the principles of justice social, economic and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; equality of status and of opportunity, among others.

The Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award is named after Sree Narayana Guru. Sree Narayana Guru during his lifetime in the late 19th and early 20th century taught and propagated the message of social justice and equality, secularism, freedom from oppression and empowerment of the poor and marginalised through socio – economic upliftment and education. Sree Narayan Guru transformed the social fabric of Kerala by teaching unity and equality of all human beings, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award Purpose

The Vice President said that the purpose of today’s Award is to honour an eminent public personality who has made important contribution towards building a secular and democratic society as envisaged by Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer, who transformed the social fabric of Kerala by teaching unity and equality of all human beings, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. He commended the distinguished jury for selecting a deserving recipient in Dr. Tharoor, who personifies these ideals and has demonstrated his commitment to them in his writings and work in public life in India and abroad.

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