NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE 2021
Shri R.K. Sabharwal, Director – Commercial, Chairman and Managing Director (Additional charges) of Engineer India Limited, and Prof. Dr. Shashibala, Chair, Acharya Raghuvira and Dean of K M Munshi Centre of Indology, by an Order of the President of Mongolia, were conferred the Order of “Altan Gadas” (Order of the Polar Star), the highest state award of Mongolia for their contributions to promoting economic, cultural and spiritual cooperation and bonds between Mongolia and India.
The award presentation ceremony was held at the Embassy of Mongolia in New Delhi on Thursday 24 June 2021.
The Order of Polar Star was handed out by H. E. Mr. Gonchig Ganbold, Ambassador of Mongolia, who in his remarks, underlined the contribution of contemporary Indians to promoting the centuries’ old spiritual bonds and cultural ties between the two Asian nations, and to strengthening the economy and ensuring the energy security of Mongolia, and furthering the friendly and strategic partnership between the two countries.
The Order of Polar Star, which was introduced in 1936, is the highest civilian honour Mongolia, and it is also conferred on foreign nationals.
Previous recipients of the Order of Polar Star from India include H.H. Sri Ravi Shankar in 2006 in recognition of the contribution of “Art of Living,” prominent scholars Dr. Lokesh Chandra and Dr. Mansura Haidar in April 2016 for their years of scholarly effort to promote Mongolian studies and friendship between Mongolia and India.
Well-known sculptors Ram and Anil Sutars were awarded the Order of Polar Star in September 2019 for their remarkable statue of Lord Buddha and his two disciples, which were given to the Gandantegchenlin Monastery in Ulaanbaatar as a gift of India.
The Late Ambassador of India, Ven. Kushok Bakula Rimpoche had also received this prestigious award on the completion of his decade-long distinguished diplomatic tenure serving as Ambassador of India in Mongolia.
The Order does not come with any remuneration, financial or monetary.
Go to the link to see a news report on the award presentation ceremony in "The Statesman" newspaper: Mongolian honour for two Indians - The Statesman