Awards and Commendations
IFUNA Peace Award 23 October 2010
The Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) conferred its first Peace and International Understanding Award on President Ikeda at a ceremony held at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi on 23 October 2010. SGI Representative in India, Dr Akash K Ouchi, received the award on behalf of President Ikeda. The award was conferred on President Ikeda for his “innumerable contributions to global peace and unflagging support to the UN, apart from his efforts to foster a culture of peace through building ties of friendship and solidarity amidst countries across the globe based on respect and mutual dialogue.”
Jamnalal Bajaj International Award 4 November 2005
President Ikeda was conferred the award by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation in recognition of his efforts to promote Gandhian values outside India. The accolade was conferred in a ceremony held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai. Nobel Economics Prize laureate Prof. Amartya Sen delivered the citation and award trophy to Bharat Soka Gakkai Deputy Director-General Dr Akash Ouchi, who accepted the honor on President Ikeda’s behalf.
Mahavira-Mahatma Award, Times Foundation 20 April 2005
Mahatma Award from Soka Ikeda College, Chennai 16 September 2001
The award was presented by the College President Sethu Bhaskaran and Chairman Sethu Kumanan at an alumni gathering of the Tokyo Soka Junior and Senior High School campus in Kodaira, Tokyo. President Ikeda was cited for his dedication to opening new horizons for the future by emphasising human rights and the sanctity of life. At the conferral ceremony, Dr Kumanan read a poem extolling President Ikeda’s untiring pursuit of peace and his spirit of tolerance and love for humanity. He also presented a memento to Mrs Ikeda at the ceremony to express appreciation on behalf of the school. Dr Kumanan was been inspired to make Dr Ikeda his mentor of life after reading his poem ‘Mother’. Wishing to dedicate something to his mentor, he founded the Soka Ikeda College for Arts and Science for Women, because of President Ikeda’s high praise for, and unstinting support of women.
VBS Purvanchal University Confers Award of Honour 1 March 2001
President Ikeda was conferred the award in recognition of his wide-ranging efforts for education. This presentation was made in conjunction with the university’s graduation ceremony officiated by Uttar Pradesh Governor and University Chancellor Mr Vishnu Kant Shastri, in the presence of Vice Chancellor Prem Chand Patanjali and distinguished guests. Prof. Takagi of Soka University accepted the honor on behalf of SGI President Ikeda.
Tagore Peace Award 23 October 1997
The Asiatic Society of India presented the award to President Ikeda at a special ceremony at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. Dr Ikeda is the first recipient of the award and was honored for his creative contribution to the development of human understanding towards peace.
The award was presented by Asiatic Society General Secretary Amalendu De and Vice President Manabend Bannerjee. The Asiatic Society has instituted the Tagore Peace Award to promote peace based on the lofty ideals of humanism and pacifism upheld by the esteemed Bengali poet and first Asian recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Rabindranath Tagore. Accepting the citation and statuette, President Ikeda expressed his heartfelt resonance with the philosophy and spirit of Tagore and pledged to perpetuate the poet’s legacy and create bonds of friendship throughout the world and plant seeds of peace in the hearts of youth.
Gandhi Peace Award 12 August 1995
President Ikeda was conferred the Gandhi Peace Award by the Mahatma Gandhi People’s Welfare Trust on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoichi Kawada received the award on behalf of President Ikeda at a ceremony at Ramachandran Memorial Hall, Neyyattinkara, Kerala. Director of the Trust, Dr N Radhakrishnan said, “President Ikeda, whose activities for global peace arise from his humanistic convictions, has inherited the spirit of Gandhi and [Gandhi’s disciple] Dr Ramachandran in this age.” Managing Trustee Dr Mythili presented the Gandhi Peace Award, a copper plaque engraved with the Mahatma’s image.
ICDO Commemorative Shield 3 August 1994
In recognition of President Ikeda’s outstanding contribution to the promotion of India-Japan friendship and bilateral cultural exchange, the International Cultural Development Organisation conferred its Commemorative Shield on President Ikeda. Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoichi Kawada accepted the shield from the Union Minister of Planning and Program Implementation, Giridhar Gomango, on behalf of President Ikeda. The ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. ICDO Secretary General RS Varma said President Ikeda is a citizen of the world who has made remarkable efforts to promote exchange between youth in India and Japan.
First Global Peace Award for International Understanding 19 September 1993
Priyadarshini Academy, an Indian socio-cultural and educational organization, conferred this award on President Ikeda for his tireless contributions to world peace. Dr Ikeda is the first non-resident recipient of this award from the Indian academy. The award certificate and trophy was accepted by Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoichi Kawada on behalf of President Ikeda at a ceremony at Oberoi Towers, Mumbai. In his message, President Ikeda praised the vital contributions the academy has made in the fields of culture and education, and pledged to continue his efforts to promote international understanding and cultural exchange towards the creation of lasting world peace.
Bharat Mitra Award 22 November 1992
The International Cultural Development Organisation (ICDO) presented the award to President Ikeda at Soka International Friendship Centre in Tokyo. The award was conferred in recognition of his efforts to promote goodwill and closer relations with India.
Global Consciousness Award 16 February 1992
President Ikeda received the Global Consciousness Award from the International Centre for Science, Culture and Consciousness at a ceremony at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. In his acceptance speech President Ikeda said that to create a new world we have to stop focusing on ideologies, political structures of ethnic groups, and return to the point of origination, that is, the human being. The award is conferred on individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of global awareness.
Prof. Raghuvira Award 7 December 1990
The International Academy of Indian Culture conferred the Prof. Raghuvira Award on President Ikeda at Nehru Memorial Auditorium. On behalf of President Ikeda, Mr Hiromasa Ikeda received the award from Dr Karan Singh and read out President Ikeda’s message. In 1963, Prof. Raghuvira – an internationally recognized authority on Sanskrit and the Vedas – founded the International Academy of Indian Culture, the nation’s most prestigious institute for the study of Buddhism. His son, Dr Lokesh Chandra, instituted the award in memory of his father. The award is conferred on individuals who have enhanced the values of the Lotus Sutra in the contemporary world.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial ICDO International Award 6 December 1990
At a special ceremony held in the Parliament Annex, New Delhi the International Cultural Development Organisation conferred the award on President Ikeda. On behalf of President Ikeda, Mr Hiromasa Ikeda received the award from Vice President SD Sharma and read out the message. The award is bestowed on persons who are recognized for their unwavering commitment to the promotion of culture and the enhancement of moral and ethical values.
Anuvrat Award for International Peace 6 December 1988
In recognition of his untiring efforts to promote world peace in accordance with the universal principle of the dignity of life, the Anuvrat Global Organisation conferred the Anuvrat Award on President Ikeda. The Anuvrat Global Organisation was established in 1983 to promote world peace. The Anuvrat Award, first conferred in 1987, is bestowed on persons recognized internationally for their firm commitment to nonviolence and peace.
G Ramachandran Award 7 January 1987
The National Centre for Development Education presented the G Ramachandran Award for International Understanding to President Ikeda. The award was conferred in recognition of President Ikeda’s endeavors to promote world peace, culture and education.
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