The prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2022 was jointly awarded to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Trained Nurses Association of India. The award ceremony took place on November 19, where former Vice-President Hamid Ansari presented the honor to Dr. Sharad Kumar Agarwal, President of the IMA and Professor (Dr.) Roy K. George, President of the Trained Nurses Association of India.
Recognition of COVID-19 Warriors
The award symbolizes a tribute to the relentless efforts of the COVID-19 warriors in India. Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who heads the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, emphasized that the recognition extends to every doctor, nurse, paramedic and support staff for their selfless service, dedication and perseverance in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic.
Sonia Gandhi’s Remarks
Sonia Gandhi, in her capacity as the chairperson of the trust, highlighted the significance of the award named after one of the most remarkable leaders of the 20th century. She expressed that the Indira Gandhi prize aims to honor individuals and institutions that have demonstrated exemplary work in the service of humanity and the planet. Gandhi acknowledged the outstanding contributions of these COVID-19 warriors and their dedication to the principles Indira Gandhi championed throughout her illustrious career.
Indira Gandhi’s Legacy
Reflecting on the life of Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi underscored the former prime minister’s ability to overcome challenges. From challenging orthodoxy in politics to introducing pro-poor policies and fighting hunger on the international stage, Gandhi highlighted India’s role as a valiant crusader of people’s causes. She also credited Indira Gandhi for her leadership in the enactment and implementation of the National Health Policy in 1983, laying the foundations for a more comprehensive and accessible health system in India.
The Impact of COVID-19
Sonia Gandhi acknowledged the COVID-19 pandemic as the most devastating event of the century, affecting countries, communities and families worldwide. She praised the dedication and sacrifices made by the medical community in battling the pandemic. The COVID-19 warriors, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and volunteers, were recognized as the frontline defenders against the virus, standing between the contagion and the people.