President Putin bestows high awards on distinguished Indians

Saturday, 14 December 2013 18:02

President of the Russian Federation, by his Top of Form Decree № 890 dated December 6, 2013 "On conferring state awards of the Russian Federation to foreign citizens," has awarded the Order of Friendship to Member of Parliament of the Republic of India Murli Manohar Joshi and managing director of the joint Russian-Indian venture "BrahMos Aerospace" A. Sivathanu Pillai for their great contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation, the development of scientific and cultural ties, and active charitable work. Lokesh Chandra, Director of the International Academy of Indian Culture, was awarded the Pushkin Medal.

Born in 1934, Murli Manohar Joshi is a prominent Indian politician and statesman. During his work as the Minister of Human Resource Development and the Minister of Science and Technology of India (1998-2004), he actively contributed to the strengthening of ties and expanding programs for scientific and technical cooperation between Russia and India. He initiated and directly oversaw the implementation of a number of bilateral projects, including joint research and publishing work of Russian and Indian scientists. M.M.Joshi enjoys recognition and high reputation as a staunch supporter of the development and deepening of friendship and cooperation with our country as one of the fundamental principles of Indian foreign policy, irrespective of which party is in power in India.

Dr. A. Sivthanu Pillai, born in 1947, is the founder-CEO and Managing Director of the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, a joint venture of the Russian Military Industrial Corporation "NPO engineering" and and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India. For many years, Dr. Pillai has worked closely with Russian organizations in various areas of military-technical cooperation. As one of India's leading experts in the field of rocket science, Dr. Pillai has played a key role in the realization of the unique idea of the joint venture "BrahMos Aerospace," which is a world leader in the production of cruise missiles . Thanks largely due to the purposeful work of Dr. Pillai, brand "BrahMos" has become a symbol of the current stage of special and privileged Russian-Indian strategic partnership, and a synonym of higher achievements, innovation and success in the world rocket and aerospace industry as a whole.

Dr. Pillai is an honorary doctor of several universities, including State Marine Technical University, St. Petersburg. For his outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology, Dr. Pillai was awarded the Order of Peter the Great by the Moscow Academy of National Security, Defense and Law, which also conferred on him the title of Academician.

Professor Lokesh Chandra, Ph.D., born in 1927, is a former member of the Rajya Sabha, former vice-president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, director of the International Academy of Indian Culture, and an eminent scholar of Buddhism and Tibetan studies. Professor Chandra is the author of over 360 scientific papers and publications. In collaboration with his father, he created a multivolume work "New Tibetan-Mongol Pantheon", representing a wealth of material on previously unexplored aspects of iconographic art Russian regions of Siberia and the Volga region . The research interests of Professor Chandra in Russia extend from the shores of Lake Baikal and the Amur River to the Caspian Sea and the Volga: in order to conduct field studies, he traveled extensively in our country. Professor Chandra is one of the initiators of the Roerich Family Museum in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, is a member of the board of trustees of the International Roerich Memorial Trust . Sincerely sympathizing with Russia, he strongly advocates the deepening of cooperation between Russian and Indian scientists in the preservation, study and development of the Roerich heritage in India for closer scientific and cultural cooperation between our two nations.

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