PM Modi Dedicates his Seoul Peace Prize to the Nation
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has received the Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea for his tremendous dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development. He dedicated the Prize to the people of India and donated its amount to the Namami Gange Fund.
After receiving the prestigious award, Modi, says, “I believe that this award belongs not to me but to the people of India. It belongs to the success India has achieved in the less than five years powered by the strengths and skills of 1.3 billion Indians and on their behalf, I humbly accept the award and express my gratitude”.
Started in 1990 as a biennial recognition with monetary award to commemorate the success of the 24th Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea, Modi is the 14th recipient of the award and previous laureates include reputed personalities like former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon, Muhammad Yunus and more.
The Prime Minister said, "The Seoul Peace Prize is for the land which prays may there be peace everywhere in the sky, in the space, all over planet, in nature. May there be eternal peace. This award is for the people who have always put societal good above individual ambitions. And I am honoured that it is being conferred on me this year, when we celebrate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi”.
Donating the award money to the Namami Gange fund, Modi said, "I would like to contribute the monetary award of $200,000 i.e. Rs 1 crore 30 lakh to the Namami Gange fund for our efforts to clean river Ganga, which is not just the economic lifeline of millions of people but is also held sacred by us”.
While concluding the gratitude speech, Modi quoted a portion of the 1988 Olympics Theme Song, ‘because it perfectly captures the hopeful spirit for a better tomorrow for all of us’, “Hand in hand, we stand, All across the land, We can make this world, A better place in which to live".
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