Manmohan awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace for 'momentous' 10 years as PM

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Manmohan awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace for 'momentous' 10 years as PM

Manmohan Singh will receive the 2017 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for his leadership and his achievements during the 10 "momentous" years when he was Prime Minister.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was chosen as the recipient of this year's Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.

Singh received the international award, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for "improving India's stature in the world" and for his "for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development", a statement from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust said.

The Trust's statement said Singh was being recognised for the leadership he provided to the country and for his achievements during the "momentous" ten years between 2004 and 2014, when he served as Prime Minister .

An international jury selects the recipient of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development every year. This year's jury, which chose Singh unanimously, was chaired by the former PM's contemporary and ex-President Pranab Mukherjee.

"The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is awarded to Manmohan Singh... for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development, for improving India's stature in the world and its relationship with the neighbours and the leading nations of the world, and for his dedication to the security and well being of ordinary citizens regardless of their faith, caste, region or language," the Trust statement said.

The Trust also noted that Singh is only the third Indian prime minister to complete two full terms as the Prime Minister and said his tenure witnessed the path-breaking nuclear agreement with the US and the Copenhagen Climate Change agreement.

"There were improvements in troubled areas within the country, notably Jammy and Kashmir [during Singh's tenure as PM]," the statement added. "The ten years of his prime ministership were not only [a] period of rapid economic and social changes, they witnessed the lowest terrorist violence, prolonged communal harmony, peace on the country's borders and a globally acknowledged rise in India's standing in the global community of nations."

The Trust, in a short biography of Singh, called the ex-PM a "brilliant student in his earliest days" and noted he had occupied a number of important positions in his career, including that of the Reserve Bank of India governor, chairman of the Planning Commission and chief economic advisor the government.

Referencing his work as Finance Minister in the PV Narasimha Rao government, the Trust said Manmohan Singh was responsible for "piloting" India's economic liberalisation project and that he "furthered" the reforms during his time as Prime Minister.

According to a PTI report, the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was constituted in 1986 and its last two recipients were Indian Space Research Organisation and the UN High Commission for Refugees.

The announcement of the prize being awarded to Manmomahan Singh came on Saturday, on the eve of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's birthday, which is today.