(28 Sep '02)
27 Sep 2002, Amritapuri
This year’s Amritakeerti Puraskar went to P. Parameswaran. Union Law Minister Jana Krishnamoorthy presented the award. Sri Parameshwaran is an acclaimed and eminent scholar, thinker, and philosopher. He was born in Alapuzha, Kerala, in the year 1927. Shri Parameshwarji had his higher studies at University College, Trivandrum which he passed out with flying colours. Even as a student he displayed phenomenal oratorial and writing skills and delved deep into the studies of scriptures. The works of Shri Parameshwarji know no boundaries. All his works, including the treatise, “Marx and Vivekananda” have been acclaimed world over.
The award carries an idol of Saraswati Devi, a cash prize of Rs. 1,25,453 and a citation.
Accepting the award, Parameswaran said, “For me, this is not an award; it is prasad from Amma.” Parameswaran went on to say that in Amma he sees Janani (biological mother), Janmabhoomi (motherland) and Jaganmata (universal mother).
As he presented the award, Krishnamoorthy said that spiritual personalities like Amma would lead society to the right path. India’s glorious ancient cultural civilization makes society vibrant and Amma can be described as an embodiment of that culture.