Indian Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh
best PM' now
tops Newsweek's list of 10 world leaders
A day after columnist Khushwant Singh's remarks describing Dr. Manmohan
Singh as the best Prime Minister appeared in the media, the news has
now come that he is on top in Newsweek's list
of 10 world leaders.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been honoured with the
2010 World Statesman Award by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation,
an interfaith coalition which promotes mutual understanding,
tolerance and peace.
India's Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, accepted the award on
behalf of the prime minister an a glittering ceremony here Tuesday
from the Foundation espousing fundamental values of freedom,
democracy and human rights for peace, security and shared
In his recorded acceptance speech, Manmohan Singh said: "India has
been guided since ancient times by the fundamental belief that
while spiritual expression takes many forms and the journey for
universal truth takes many paths, we are all united by our highest
values, ideals and our inherent humanism."
Delivering the commendation address, former US Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger described Manmohan Singh as a statesman with
vision, persistence and integrity, and praised him for his
leadership, which has been instrumental in the economic
transformation underway in India.
Stressing the close convergence of India and US interest in Asia
including Afghanistan, he called for regional countries,
particularly India to play a greater role in pursuing ways to
bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.
Conveying the greetings of the US Government, Under Secretary of
State William Burns said: "There could truly be no better choice,
and no better model of what integrity and statesmanship are all
about on the world stage.
"A man of even temperament, and remarkable modesty and humility,
Prime Minister Singh has demonstrated clear vision and steely
determination as a leader, bringing great benefit to India and to
the rest of the world."
Accepting the award on behalf of the Prime Minister Shankar
thanked Rabbi Schneier, President of the Appeal of Conscience and
said that his extraordinary mission addresses one of the most
important challenges for humanity."
It was a challenge "that more than at any other time in human
history is critical for the future peace and prosperity of our
world, which has become far more integrated and interdependent,"
"In honouring Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Appeal of
Conscience Foundation has honoured a leader of extraordinary
statesmanship, vision and intellect who is guiding the destiny of
the world's largest democracy," she said.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at email@example.com)