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British Broadcaster David Attenborough Awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday conferred the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize on British broadcaster David Attenborough at a digital occasion.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was additionally current through the on-line award perform.

She described David Attenborough as one among Nature’s “most staunch conscience keepers” for over half a century. David can also be the brother of actor Richard Attenborough.

“David is already well known to us all through his prodigious creativity in educating the humankind with brilliant films and books about the natural world. And he has, of late, been the most sensible voice warning us that we, more than anything else, are responsible for the accelerating threat to the environment on our planet,” Gandhi mentioned in her speech.

“When environmental protection has become all the more imperative, when climate change and continued loss of bio-diversity is threatening livelihoods and public health, indeed life on earth, there could not have been a more appropriate choice for an award in her name than Sir David Attenborough,” she mentioned.

Accepting the award for the yr 2019, Attenborough mentioned, “We have to change from being nationalists to being international”.

The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Improvement was instituted within the reminiscence of the previous prime minister by a belief in her title in 1986. It consists of a financial award of Rs 25 lakh together with a quotation.

The award is given to people or organisations who work in direction of making certain worldwide peace and improvement, making certain that scientific discoveries are used to additional the scope of freedom and higher humanity, and creating new worldwide financial order.

Sonia Gandhi mentioned Indira Gandhi regardless of being born in a political household noticed herself as a baby of Nature, growing a particular affinity for mountains, forests, birds and animals from an early age.

“As prime minister, she grew to become an unwavering champion of environmental safety lengthy earlier than that trigger had change into fashionable each in India and overseas. Whereas serving to India speed up the tempo of funding and increase its financial infrastructure, she was very delicate to the crucial of sustaining what she would usually name ‘ecological balance’. Her political innings have been a seek for that stability and a journey of training her colleagues and the folks to protect that stability.

“It isn’t a shock, subsequently, to seek out that the authorized and institutional framework India now has for safeguarding its great bio-diversity had been put in place throughout her tenure as Prime Minister. It bears her private imprimatur,” the Congress chief mentioned.

Describing David Attenborough because the world’s main authority on the pure world, she mentioned his ardour has been inspiring and can also be to reiterate what all of us acknowledge.

“Age has not dimmed his zeal, neither has humanity’s willful disregard for what he says,” she mentioned, including that he has stored going relentlessly, educating, enlightening and sensitizing hundreds of thousands of individuals.


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