Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the Seoul Peace Prize from the government of South Korea in recognition for his outstanding service to global growth, international cooperation, and human development.
After receiving the Seoul Peace Prize, PM Modi said that “I am honored to be awarded the Seoul Peace Prize. I believe that this award belongs not to me personally, but to the people of India. The award belongs to the success India has seen in less than five years, powered by 1.5 billion people.”
“I am even more honored that this award has been given to me on the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It makes it even more special,” added PM Modi.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister of India has arrived in Seoul, which is his second visit to the Asian country after his first visit in May 2015.
PM Modi said, “Since 1988, the world has changed vastly… one of them being global poverty, which has declined significantly… But the challenges today are quite different too… Climate Change and terrorism are the two greatest threats the world faces today.”
The Prime Minister continued that “the time has come for all right-thinking nations to join hands to completely eradicate terrorist networks. Only by doing so, Can we replace hate with harmony; destruction with development and transform the landscape of violence and vendetta into a postcard for peace.”
“Like Korea, India has also suffered the pain of division and cross-border strife. Our endeavor towards peaceful development has only too often been derailed by cross-border terrorism” said PM Modi, as back home the nation mourned the death of over 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama terror attack and angry nation called for revenge.
Narendra Modi is the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize, which is sponsored by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation. Past winners of this award include- former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and international relief organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.
A short film on PM Modi’s life was screened at the grand ceremony. While withholding the award, the organizers have acknowledged his policies, include demonetization that has contributed to the growth of country’s economy.
In 1990, the Seoul Peace Prize was introduced to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games takes place in Seoul. The Seoul Peace Prize has its genesis in South Korean people’s yearning for peace in the Korean peninsula.