Harmony Foundation commenced the ceremony by paying tribute to the brave martyrs of 26/11
27th November, 2023, Mumbai: The prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice 2023 was held in Taj Santacruz, Mumbai on 26th November, 2023 on the theme of “Humanity in Action”. In its 19th year, the Harmony Foundation felicitated individuals and organisations for their outstanding and selfless contributions to humanity. The esteemed event was graced by the Honourable Governor of Maharashtra, H.E. Ramesh Bais as the Chief Guest, and by the Hon. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment of India, Shri. Ramdas Athawale, as the esteemed Guest of Honour among other dignitaries.
The award ceremony at Taj Santacruz, commenced by paying tribute to the martyrs of 26/11 those courageous individuals of the Mumbai Police Force, the NSG commandos, and others who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terrorism, for they were the embodiment of humanity in its truest form.
Instituted in 2005, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice has acknowledged the tireless efforts of individuals and organisations across the world towards promoting peace, harmony, and social justice. Our prestigious awards are globally acclaimed and have earned the admiration of notable dignitaries, including government heads, Nobel laureates, and eminent personalities around the world. The Mother Teresa Awards, have been graciously accepted by six Nobel Laureates who have received the prestigious award post-receiving the Nobel such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
This year’s theme of the awards was “Humanity in Action”. In our world, which is marred by persistent societal challenges, conflict, and suffering, the need for humanity is more than ever. In recent times, reciprocal hostility has been devouring the fabric of peaceful coexistence among nations and communities. The news, whether local or international, is all about strife and contention. The world all over is presently infected with such diabolic acts of extremism. The Russian-Ukraine turmoil in February last year and the current Israeli-Palestinian turmoil are a few examples of persistent challenges in our world today. It is during these critical times that icons of humanity, like the recipients of our awards, are making a tangible difference in making our world a better place and in uplifting suffering humanity.