Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, was today honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.
Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas of regional growth; science, technology & innovation and culture & community.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Infosys Chairman Narayan Murti are among the few Indians who have won the prize in the past.
The awards were created and presented by Nikkei Inc, one of the largest media corporations in Japan.