Shashi Tharoor Conferred with Frances Highest Civilian Honor

Image of Shashi Tharoor, adorned with the insignia of the Legion of Honour
Shashi Tharoor Conferred with Frances Highest Civilian Honor

On February 21, 2024, the esteemed French authorities bestowed upon Indian Member of Parliament and esteemed author, Shashi Tharoor, the esteemed title of 'Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur' (Knight of the Legion of Honour) – an accolade representing the highest French civilian honor. This recognition underscores his significant contributions in strengthening the bonds between India and France

A Brief Profile of the Awardee:

Dr. Tharoor, a renowned writer, former diplomat, and incumbent parliamentarian affiliated with the Indian National Congress party, represents the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in the Lok Sabha.

Key Accomplishments:

With a literary portfolio comprising over 20 fiction and non-fiction works, Dr. Tharoor's recent political publication on Hindu nationalism has sparked profound debates. His tenure as the former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations witnessed his fervent advocacy for global humanitarian causes.

The Significance of the Legion of Honour:

Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte as a military order, the Legion of Honour evolved to encompass individuals who have significantly furthered French interests worldwide. Serving as the highest civilian award by the French Republic, it acknowledges outstanding service to France, irrespective of the recipient's nationality. The Grand Master of the Order is the President of the French Republic, with its motto being "Honneur et Patrie" (Honour and Fatherland).

Dr. Tharoor's Connection with France:

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Tharoor has actively engaged with various French leaders, thereby bolstering bilateral strategic relations. His profound admiration for French values is evident. The Chairman of the French Senate lauded Dr. Tharoor as a genuine friend of France, citing his profound understanding of French culture and values. Additionally, his tenure at the United Nations involved collaboration with numerous French foreign ministers.

Announcement and Ceremony:

While the award for Dr. Tharoor was initially announced in August 2022, it was formally conferred by French Senate Chair Gerard Larcher on February 21, 2024, at the New Delhi residence of the French envoy to India. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Tharoor expressed humility, acknowledging the honor's celebration of deep-rooted India-France solidarity and shared universal ideals, transcending individual glory.

Notable Indian Recipients:

Dr. Tharoor joins a prestigious list of Indian luminaries who have been honored with the Legion of Honour, including JRD Tata, Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zubin Mehta, E Sreedharan, Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan, and many others.

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