Madanjeet Singh passes away

Madanjeet Singh  

Former diplomat, artist, writer and freedom fighter, Madanjeet Singh, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2000, passed away in Beaulieu sur Mer in France, on Sunday.

Born in Lahore on April 16, 1924, he was passionate in his commitment to South Asian regional cooperation and solidarity on a secular, democratic, and progressive basis. This commitment was backed by an extraordinary financial contribution to the South Asia Foundation (SAF), a regional youth movement that now has chapters in eight countries.

SAF has offered scholarships to South Asian students under various disciplines in its 12 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institutions of Excellence. These institutions are located in all eight countries of South Asia.

He sponsored the bi-annual UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Award for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

Speaking at an event in Puducherry in June 2012 at the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation in Puducherry, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “In conceiving of and realising the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asia Regional Cooperation, Madanjeet Singh has given us an institution that I am confident will stand the test of time and provide a valuable service in our common goal of building a better and closer South Asia.”