Former Indian President Pratibha Patil has been conferred the "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" (Order of the Aztec Eagle) on Saturday by Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria.
"Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" is one of the highest civilian awards of Mexico given to foreigners.
Patil was the first woman president of India who served the term from 2007 to 2012. She is the second woman from the country to win the Mexico’s highest civilian award after late President S. Radhakrishnan.
This award is presented to the foreigners, who are in recognition of their outstanding services to the Mexican nation or humanity, significant contributions to strengthening the bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries.
The award was created by a decree in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez. It is awarded to prominent heads of state or government, ambassadors after they have completed their service in Mexico, important personalities who have made major contributions in various fields, service to the country or its people.
The award comes in five degrees - Collar, Sash of Special Category, Sash, Plaque, Venera and Insignia.
Previously, the award was conferred to many Indians in various categories including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, renowned artist Satish Gujral, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff and others.
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