New Delhi: On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will add yet another feather to his cap with the highest civilian honour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-Order of Zayed-cementing his reputation of a global leader.
On 22nd August, while leaving for his three-day visit to France, UAE and Bahrain, Modi in a statement said: “I also look forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with His Highness the Crown Prince. It will be an honour to receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government, during this visit."
“The award acknowledges that PM Modi is working for everyone in a diverse country having people with different religions, languages and cultures," according to a post on prime minister Modi’s personal website.
The international recognitions while increases Modi’s popularity among the non-resident Indians in the host countries, it also adds to his popularity among the domestic audience. Ahead of the general election in April this year, when asked what he likes about Modi, Bhagawati Lal, a jewellery shop owner in the tribal district of Banswara in Rajasthan said: “He is well-regarded in all countries. Recently, Russia also honoured him. There has not been a prime minister like him in India," he added.
Modi has received a host of international recognitions in last five years including the Seoul Peace Prize in October, 2018, for his contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies.
The Seoul Peace Prize committee lauded Modinomics for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. It also praised PM Modi's initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures. It credited Modi for his contribution to regional and global peace under the 'Modi Doctrine' and the 'Act East Policy'. Prime Minister Modi received the award in person during his visit to Republic of South Korea in February 2019.
In September, 2018, Modi received the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award-United Nations' highest environmental honour, which is bestowed on the world's greatest change agents. Modi received it for his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.
Among other highest civilian awards from various countries, Modi has received ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ of Russia in April, 2019; Grand Collar of the State of Palestine in February, 2018; Amir Amanullah Khan Award of Afghanistan in June, 2016; King Abdulaziz Sash Award of Saudi Arabia in April 2016.