Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva honoured with Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
This was for his outstanding contribution to the developing world. During Lula’s presidency, relations between India and Brazil steadily progressed. It was during Lula’s presidency that the seeds were also sown for several international fora such as IBSA, BRICS, G-20 and BASIC.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (known popularly as Lula) was President of Brazil from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
The Indira Gandhi Prize (or the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development) is a prestigious award accorded every year by India to individuals or organizations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order; ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity, and enlarging the scope of freedom.
The prize consists of a cash award of INR 25 lakh and a citation. Some of the awardees:
2009: Sheikh Hasina (Prime Minister of Bangladesh)
2010: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Ex-President of Brazil)
2011: Ela Bhatt (Founder of SEWA)