Favourite Film and Song
September 16, 2016
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Considering his work schedule and the travel, it is natural that Narendra Modi never really had the time to watch films. As Modi explained in an interview,  "I am generally not inclined towards movies.  But I used to watch them in my youth, out of that curiosity which only youth brings.  Even then, it was never my temperament to watch movies just for entertainment.  Instead, it was in my habit to search for lessons for life in the stories those movies told.  I recall that, once, I went with some of my teachers and friends to watch the famous Hindi movie Guide that was based on a novel by R.K. Narayan.  And, after the movie, I got into an intense debate with my friends. My argument was that the central idea in the movie was that, ultimately, everyone gets guided by his or her inner soul.  But since I was too young, my friends did not take me seriously!" The  film Guide made an impression on him for another purpose - the grim reality of drought and the visualimagery of helplessness that lack of water brings to farmers.  Later on in life, when he had the opportunity, he devoted a substantial portion of his tenure in Gujarat in promoting institutionalised mechanisms of  water conservation. It is a project which he has brought to the national level as well in his Prime Ministerial role.

As Shri Modi got immersed in work and the demands of his elected office became his first priority, the luxury of being able to watch films was no longer available to him. However, he did constantly remain in touch with the world of art and culture. Deeply valuing the contribution of our artists in our overall cultural consciousness,  Shri Modi initiated innovative ideas like the Kite Festival in Gujarat to more recently organising the Bharat Parv in the Rajpath Lawns near India Gate.

And does Modi have a favourite song? The instantaneous response is Lata Mangeskar's exhorting rendition of the song "हो पवन वेग से उड़ने वाले घोड़े......" from the film the 1961 film 'Jai Chittor'? The raw energy of Bharat Vyyas's inspiring lyrics, captured so emphatically in S.N. Tripathi's composition have long remains Modi's favourite -  "तेरे कंधों पे आज भार है मेवाड़ का, करना पड़ेगा तुझे सामना पहाड़ का....हल्दीघाटी नहीं है काम कोई खिलवाड़ का, देना जवाब वहाँ शेरों के दहाड़ का ......"

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Taking India’s global standing to new heights!
April 23, 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken India’s global standing to newer heights with the world applauding his transformational leadership. He has been conferred several highest awards by many nations and organisations.

Order of St Andrew the Apostle: April 2019

Recently, PM Narendra Modi received the highest order of the Russian Federation “for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples."

Order of Zayed Award: April 2019

PM Narendra Modi was conferred the highest civil award of the U.A.E. in April 209 for providing exceptional leadership in forging a new strategic relationship between India and UAE.
The award acknowledges that PM Modi is working for everyone in a diverse country having people with different religions, languages and cultures.

Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

For contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, PM Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize in October 2018.
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 the Prime Minister for his contribution towards 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.
Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

 

UNEP Champions of the Earth Award - September 2018

United Nations' highest environmental honour, the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award is bestowed on the world's greatest change agents.
For his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022, PM Narendra Modi was conferred with the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award in September last year.

 

Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - February 2018

The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine is the highest order of Palestine given to foreign dignitaries.
In recognition of PM Modi’s wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India, he was conferred with the award during his visit to Palestine in February last year.

 

Amir Amanullah Khan Award - June 2016

The highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award was bestowed on PM Narendra Modi by the Afghanistan government in June 2016.

PM Narendra Modi was awarded the honour following the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.

King Abdulaziz Sash Award - April 2016

In a special gesture, PM Narendra Modi was conferred the King Abdulaziz Sash Award in April 2016. This is Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour.
Named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state, the Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.