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Business News/ News / India/  Shashi Tharoor gets France’s highest civilian award for ‘outstanding career’; what is Knight of the Legion of Honour?
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Shashi Tharoor gets France’s highest civilian award for ‘outstanding career’; what is Knight of the Legion of Honour?

Shashi Tharoor has received France's highest civilian award at the French Embassy. French Senate President honoured the Congress MP for his efforts to strengthen India-France bond and dedication to global peace.

New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor at the Parliament House complex during the Budget session, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore) (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)Premium
New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor at the Parliament House complex during the Budget session, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore) (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

Shashi Tharoor has received France's highest civilian award, "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur". This event took place at the French Embassy. French Senate President Gerard Larcher honoured the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram.

The accolade was announced in August 2022 but awarded on February 20. France recognised Tharoor for his efforts to strengthen the bond between India and France, his dedication to global peace and his friendship with France, as per a statement issued by the French Embassy.

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Larcher highlighted Tharoor's impressive career and his dedication to fostering a better world.

"Through his outstanding career as a diplomat, author and politician, Shashi Tharoor has embraced the world with a thirst for knowledge and an intelligence that has led him to live several lifetimes in one, and all of them in service to India and a better world," PTI quoted Larcher as saying.

"Dr Tharoor is also a true friend of France, a Francophone with a keen understanding of France and its culture. Through this award, which I have the privilege to confer, the French Republic recognises your accomplishments, your friendship, your love of France, your commitment to a fairer world," Larcher said.

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Tharoor expressed his gratitude while receiving the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

"To my mind, the conferral of this award to an Indian is an acknowledgement of the deepening of Franco-Indian relations and the continuity of the warmth that has been a feature of this relationship for a very long time," Tharoor said.

What is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur?

The Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is France’s highest civilian award that acknowledges extraordinary accomplishments and services rendered to France. It covers contributions in arts, literature, science and public service, among others.

Indians who have received Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur

Durga Charan Rakshit was the first Indian to receive the honour. Rakshit was given the award in 1896 for his humanitarian work. Then, Mohamed Haniff - the Deputy Mayor of Pondicherry in French India - got it in 1937. In independent India, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan received the honour in 2005. The “Metroman of India" played a key role in constructing the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.

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Cedric Prakash (2006) and Anjali Gopalan (2013), both human rights activists, were given the award next. In 2014, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received the award. Tata Sons Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran received the honour in 2023.

Other names include actors Sivaji Ganesan (1995), Kamal Haasan (2016) and Soumitra Chatterjee (2017), and industrialist Nadir Godrej (2008), fashion designer Manish Arora (2016) and Wipro founder Azim Premji (2018).

 

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