Jawahar Lal Sarin, a renowned French scholar and the president of the Alliance Francaise de Delhi’s governing body, has been bestowed with France’s highest civilian honour “Knight of the Legion of Honour”, the highest civilian award given by the French Government to a person for his/her outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality.
The award was presented to Sarin by Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enhancing Indo-French cultural cooperation and promoting the French language. Sarin studied French for five years at the Punjab University, Chandigarh, and later at the Sorbonne University, Paris.
The Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour), was instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipient. Noticeable Indians who were also awarded in the past include Amartya Sen, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zubin Mehta, Lata Mangeshkar, JRD and Ratan Tata, etc.