Narendra Damodardas Modi, the Prime Minister of India, celebrates his 69th birthday on Tuesday (17 September 2019). Needless to mention, India shall rejoice the special day of its leader with great pomp and show. Ever since he took over the cabinet as a PM, Modi has been ringing in his birthday in a unique way year after year. This year, he will be visiting his home state Gujarat and witness a milestone as the Sardar Sarovar Dam is expected to reach its full capacity 138.68 meters. The birthday boy will pay his mother Heeraba a visit too and seek her blessings. PM Modi is also reported to spend time with differently-abled kids back in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. Besides, the Bharatiya Janata Party too declared 14-20 September as the Seva Saptah (week of service). It was flagged off by National President of BJP, Amit Shah, Working President JP Nadda, senior leaders Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta amongst others by cleaning the floors in Delhi’s AIIMS.
In July 2019, Modi was voted as the most-admired Indian in the world and the sixth most-admired man globally by an online survey. Being the only politician from India on the list, he sure has other international recognitions to boast which only go to say: Harr ghar Modi! He is clearly favourite among non-resident Indians in foreign countries and well-liked by world leaders. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is a first for an Indian PM to enjoy a prolonged likeness from neighbouring and other countries. Thus, on his birthday, we take a look at the top honours Modi has received during his tenure as the PM of India.
1. Global Goalkeeper Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Fresh off the list, Modi is set to receive the ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ for leading the Swachch Bharat Mission, launched on October 2, 2014. The Foundation states the award is a “special recognition” aimed at celebrating a political leader who has “demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally,” reports an international news agency.
2. King Hamad Order of the Renaissance
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the island country of Bahrain, located in the Persian Gulf. The country’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on August 25, 2019, bestowed upon PM Modi the Bahrain Order-First Class, aka ‘King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’, recognising his efforts to strengthen bilateral relations of India with the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Upon receiving the Order, PM Modi had tweeted, “I humbly accept The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance. This is a recognition of India’s strong friendship with Bahrain, which goes back hundreds of years and is expanding rapidly in the 21st century.”
3. Order of Zayed
The United Arab Emirated conferred UAE’s highest civilian award, Order of Zayed, on Narendra Modi in recognition of the “pivotal role” he played to boost ties between UAE and India.
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I am humbled to have received the Order of Zayed from His Highness the Crown Prince of UAE 🇦🇪 and The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance from His Majesty the King of Bahrain 🇧🇭 . ⠀ This award is not merely for an individual but for the values and ethos of 130 crore Indians. It shows the importance UAE and Bahrain give to friendship with India 🇮🇳 .
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweeted “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal.”
4. Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen
India has been throwing its weight behind the ‘Neighborhood First’ policy and the Indian Prime Minister has been encouraging bilateral relations with Maldives. This award is the country’s highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries.
5. Order of St Andrew the Apostle
In April 2019, Modi received the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, the highest order of the Russian Federation. His efforts to facilitate partnership and friendly relations between Russia and India were honoured.
Besides these, Modi has been the recipient of Seoul Peace Prize 2018, UNEP Champions of the Earth Award, Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, Amir Amanullah Khan Award, King Abdulaziz Sash Award amongst many other laurels. He also bagged Time Person of the Year in 2016 followed by a feature in the TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017. He was ranked 9th in Forbes World’s Most Powerful People list 2018.
From featuring in the famous Bear Grylls show Man vs Wild to promoting yoga for good health and lifestyle to meditating in a Himalayan cave, he is sure iconic. Certainly, PM Modi is a hot favourite and that’s not ending any time soon.
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India- where you find lush green forests, diverse wildlife, beautiful mountains and mighty rivers. Watching this programme will make you want to visit different parts of India and add to discourse of environmental conservation. Thanks @beargrylls for coming here! @discoverychannelin
Happy Birthday, Modi ji!
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