Former President of India Pratibha Patil (85) was conferred the "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" (Order of the Aztec Eagle) - the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners, She was presented with this award by Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria in Pune. With this, she becomes only the second Indian head of state to get this award. Earlier, the late President S. Radhakrishna was conferred with this honour.
She had created history by becoming first woman President. She was 12th President of India and was in office from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, she had served as Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.
Orden Mexicana del Aguila Aztec
- It is awarded by Government of Mexico to prominent heads of state or government, ambassadors after they have served in Mexico, important personalities who have made major contribution in various fields, service to their country or its people.
- The award comes in five degrees - Collar, Sash of Special Category, Sash, Venera, Plaque and Insignia.It was established by a Presidential decree in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez.
- Previous Indian recipients in various categories include renowned artist Satish Gujral, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff etc.
- Note: Royal eagle is Mexico's national animal. It is sacred to the ancient Aztecs and it is present on the National Emblem of the Mexican flag. It serves as essential symbol that links their Aztec past with modern nation.