Shashi Tharoor is scheduled to receive France’s highest civilian honour.


According to PTI, the French government has awarded the Thiruvananthapuram MP with the highest French order of merit in recognition of his writings and speeches. The French government is recognising him for his writings and talks, and Tharoor has been informed of the honour in a letter from French Ambassador here Emmanuel Lenain. The MP from Thiruvananthapuram received congratulations from a number of Congress officials as well as the Kerala branch of the party and the state’s Youth Congress branch. I am honoured to be recognised in this way as someone who values our relationships with France, loves the language, and respects the country’s culture. In response to a tweet congratulating him on the honour, Shashi expressed his thanks and appreciation to all who thought it appropriate to bestow upon him this distinction.The honour is presented to persons who have 20 years of civil success in peacetime or who exhibit exceptionally heroic military behaviour during times of conflict. The phrase “Honor and Patrie” is written over a set of crossed tricolours on the rear of the Legion’s emblem, which bears the word “République Française” (Honor and Country). Maharaja Pratap Singh of Idar was the first Indian to receive the Legion of Honor in 1918. Since then, the award has been given to more than 40 Indians. JRD Tata (1983), Satyajit Ray (1987), Pandit Ravi Shankar (2000), E Sreedharan (2005), Amitabh Bachchan (2007), Lata Mangeshkar (2007), Shah Rukh Khan (2014), Kamal Haasan (2016), Ratan Tata (2016), and Azim Premji (2018) are just a few of the awardees on the list.