New Delhi, India, April 21, 2022. The 17th Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace was handed over in India. Doctor Karan Singh today received the high award Servare et Manere from the hands of Slovak diplomat Patrik Líška. Due to the high age of the laureate and also due to the limited travel to India, this time the presentation of the award was mediated by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Delhi. His Highness Karan Singh is the son of High Highness Sir Hari Singh GCSI GCIE GCVO, the last Maharaja of the Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu. Between the years 1949 – 1952 Dr. Singh ruled as the Prince Regent of Kashmir and Jammu and served till the monarchy’s abolition in 1952. Subsequently was appointed ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ (‘Head of State’) in 1952 and in 1964 as Governor of the State.
Dr. Singh was a member of India’s Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha and in the past served also as an Ambassador of India to the United States of America, Minister of Education and Culture, Minister for Health and Family Planning, Minister of Tourism and also Minister of Civil Aviation. Until 2018 was India’s representative on UNESCO’s Executive Board. He also has been a member of UNESCO’s International Commission on Education in the Twenty-first Century. In 2005 Singh received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.
The Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace was accepted in 2021 and the handing over of the award was realized thanks to the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Delhi on April 21, 2022 in Dr. Singh’s office. The Daily Excelsior portal, the largest circulated daily of Jammu and Kashmir portal as well as the portal the News Network Live provided information about the event.