Former President of India Pratibha Patil has been conferred “Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca” (Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners, in Pune, Maharashtra.
The Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria, presented the award to Pratibha Patil. at a ceremony held in the The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) Bhavan in Pune. 85 year old Patil became the second Indian head of the state to get the award.
She created history as this country’s first woman President (2007-2012).
Earlier, the late President S Radhakrishna had been conferred this honour.
The award was created by a decree in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez.
The royal eagle is Mexico’s national animal, sacred to the ancient Aztecs and it is present on the National Emblem of the Mexican flag.
It is awarded to prominent heads of state or government, ambassadors after they have served in Mexico, important personalities who have made major contribution in various fields, service to the country or its people.
The award is given in five degrees Collar, Sash of Special Category, Plaque, Sash, Venera and Insignia.
It is the highest distinction which is conferred by Mexican government to foreigners for their prominent services to Mexico and to humanity and also for significant contributions to strengthening bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries.
Previous Indian recipients in various categories include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, renowned artist Satish Gujral, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff and others.
The former President of South Africa Nelson Mandel, along with 13 Indian nationals, including the first Vice president of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan has also been conferred the ‘Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca‘ (order of the Aztec Eagle)award.