It was a full house of academicians, Delhi socialites and scholars who were gathered to hear Former president Pranab Mukherjee at the India Habitat Centre who was there to award ten eminent achievers with the 2019 Bharatiya ManavataVikasPuraskar.
While speaking Pranab Mukherjee left his papers and broke into a passionate extempore and said he was delighted to come and hand over the awards to such wonderful people and said it’s “being humane that’s most important in the world to become human beings”. Till the time we can’t become humane we can’t become humans.
Interestingly, it’s for the first time that Pranab Mukherjee has awarded the non-Congress member of Gandhi family, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi.
BharatiyaManavataVikasPuraskar (BMVP) is a distinctive initiative, a unique stage of some of the most powerful and humane minds from across the nation. BMVP is a platform created for leaders from the sphere of Politics, Business, Academics and Entertainment who have contributed towards enhancing the cause of human development in India.
Selected by a committee of 24 (twenty four) jury members, headed by Dr. J K Mitra, Former Dean, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, the power-packed day would witness the conferring of 09 National leaders from various walks of life who have built a brand of faith and hope through their conviction and actions while remaining committed to bring about a change in the society and championing the cause of equity, humanity, social justice and human welfare.
In attendance to support, believe in and cherish change the nation needs, and its prime agents, would be the most luminous lights of this country including- Entrepreneurs, NGOs, CEOs, Politicians, Academicians, Media Giants, Sports and Film personalities, et al from around the nation. The ten eminent awardees who were honoured by former President Pranab Mukherjee were Arunachalam Muruganantham, Nafisa Ali Sodhi, Maneka Gandhi, Lakshmi Agarwal, Mansi Pradhan, Dr Prakash Amte, Sandeep Pandey, Anu Agha, Belinda Wright and Santanu Mishra of Smile Foundation.