Manmohan conferred Honorary Doctorate by Russian Institute

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on Monday conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Accepting the rare honour at a special ceremony in Moscow, Dr. Singh said he considered it a matter of “great honour” that the Institute decided to confer the doctorate on him.

“I am conscious of the rich history of this great institution and its enormous contribution to Russian and international diplomacy.

Your gesture is yet another indication of the abiding affection of the Russian people for India and the strength of relations between our two countries, which I have experienced personally in many decades of public life,” he said.

Dr. Singh in his acceptance speech pointed out that relations between India and Russia were built on abiding links of commerce and culture, which go back many centuries. 

"Thank you for your incredible service.  I never had a chance to study for an academic degree when I was younger, and I always felt that this held me back in life.  This has finally leveled the playing field for me, and now I can hold my head up a little higher as I introduce myself as an honorary doctor.  Thanks again." 

-- Andrew M. Abel,

Dr. h.c. of Religious Economics (Brisbane, Australia)

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