Angela Merkel chosen for Jawaharlal Nehru Award
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been chosen for the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for her enormous efforts toward sustainable and equitable development. The jury, chaired by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, has decided to confer the award for 2009 on Dr. Angela Merkel.
Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding is an international award presented by the Government of India. It was founded in 1965 and is administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to people “for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among people of the world”. The award carries prize money of Rs.1 crore besides a trophy and citation.