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Former Professor S.P. Ganguly awarded Mexican Order of Aztec Eagle

Mexican government has honoured Indian academician Shyama Prasad Ganguly with "Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca" (Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico.
Former Professor S.P. Ganguly awarded Mexican Order of Aztec Eagle
  • He was awarded for disseminating Spanish language and Mexican culture to strengthen Mexico-India cultural relations.
  • He is the first Indian Academician to get this award.

About Shyama Prasad Ganguly:

  • He is a former professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
  • He belonged to the first generation of a handful of Indian academics who actually made everybody else interested in Spanish.
  • He has authored, edited and translated over 25 books in an academic career spanning 40 years.

About the Order of Aztec Eagle:

  • It is a part of Mexican Honours System and is the highest Mexican Order awarded to foreigners in the country.
  • It was created by decree in December 1933 by President Abelardo L. Rodríguez as reward to services given to Mexico or humankind by foreigners.
  • It corresponds to similar distinctions given to Mexican citizens such as Condecoración Miguel Hidalgo or Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor.
  • It is given by office of the Foreign Minister on instructions of the Council established for this purpose headed by the President, who signs each honour.
  • This Order stands for friendship of Mexico with nations of world and is a means to express respect and admiration of the Mexican people.
  • Its previous recipients of include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Nobel Economics Laureate Amartya Sen, writer and Nobel Literature Laureate Nadine Gordimer.
  • Royal Eagle is Mexico's national animal and was considered sacred for Aztecs.

Question:

Q. Mexican government has honoured which Indian academician with "Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca" (Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico?
a. Shyama Prasad Ganguly
b. Shyam Prasad Ganguly
c. Shyamal Prasad Ganguly
d. None of the above
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