Wednesday, 21 October 2015
“Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s Nobel Prize) for Indians” ―Professor M.S.Rao
"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." — Harvey S. Firestone
Ramon Magsaysay Award is the Asia's highest honour given to Asians in six categories. Established in 1957, it is considered the Nobel Prize of Asia. It is named after the third president of the Republic of the Philippines. In the same year (1957) Philippines lost Ramon Magsaysay in a plane crash on March 17. The first Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given on August 31, 1958. The first awards were given to five outstanding individuals working in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Sri Lanka, and a Philippine-based organization.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation gives the prize to Asian individuals achieving excellence in their respective fields. This prestigious award is given to 6 Asians every year for outstanding contributions in government service, public service, community leadership, journalism, literature and creative communication arts, peace and international understanding and emergent leadership.
During the 2000 Magsaysay Awards presentation ceremony, the Foundation announced the creation of a sixth Award category, Emergent Leadership. The Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership honors "individuals, forty years of age and below, doing outstanding work on issues of social change in their communities, but whose leadership is not yet broadly recognized outside of these communities." An award in this category was given for the first time in 2001.
The award is conferred on those whose selfless service has offered their societies, Asia, and the world successful solutions to some of the most intractable problems of human development.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is given to celebrate greatness of spirit and transformative leadership. Over three hundred outstanding men, women and organizations were given this prestigious award since its inception in 1957. Awardees are selected annually by the trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Awardees are presented with a certificate and a medallion with an embossed image of Ramon Magsaysay. The Award is presented to awardees in formal ceremonies in Manila, Philippines on August 31, the birth anniversary of Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. List of Indians who have received Ramon Magsaysay award are as follows:
T N Seshan
James Michael Lyngdoh
Lakshmi Chand Jain
Banoo Jehangir Coyaji
Mahesh Chandra Mehta
Verghese Kurien India
Dr. Dara N Khurody India
Mabelle Arole India
Pramod Karan Sethi India
Chandi Prasad Bhatt
Pandurang Shastri Athavale
Aruna Roy India
Boobli George Verghese India
Gour Kishore Ghosh India
R. K. Laxman
K.V. Subbanna India
The people who received these prestigious awards have contributed their best in their respective areas. They worked for satisfaction, not for recognition. Hence, excel in your area and contribute your best without looking for recognition to make a difference to the society.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead
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