Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was presented the prestigious Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee award 2020 for Politics at the 6th India Ideas Conclave.
The award was presented at Tent City Narmada in Gujarat on Friday.
The award, instituted by India Foundation, was presented to Chief Minister Sonowal by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of People’s Majlis of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.
The award carries a citation, a specially designed trophy and a cheque worth Rs one lakh.
While receiving the award, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the award is an inspiration to work for national integration and to take Mukherjee’s vision and philosophy forward.
He also dedicated the award to the people of Assam, who have been the source of inspiration and guidance during his public life.
“Syama Prasad Mukherjee was a true son of Mother India, a true nationalist and patriot,” Sonowal said.
“His principles and thoughts were beyond any personal ambition,” Sonowal added.
“He always thought for India, lived for India and finally died for India,” Sonowal further said.
“Syama Prasad Mukherjee established Bharatiya Jana Sangh with the objective of an alternative politics, ideology and alternative thinking that continues to inspire and guide policies and thinking,” Sonowal said.