The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari presented the First Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award 2013 to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Government of India at a function in Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala on 10 September 2013.
About the Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award
The Sree Narayan Guru Global Secular & Peace Award is named after Sree Narayana Guru. Sree Narayana Guru during his lifetime in the late 19th and early 20th century taught and propagated the message of social justice and equality, secularism, freedom from oppression and empowerment of the poor and marginalised through socio-economic upliftment and education. Sree Narayan Guru transformed the social fabric of Kerala by teaching unity and equality of all human beings, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
Purpose of the Award
The Vice President of India explained that the purpose of award was to honour an eminent public personality who has made important contribution towards building a secular and democratic society as envisaged by Sree Narayana Guru.