Professor Shyama Prasad Ganguly wins Mexico's highest civilian honour
Professor Shyama Prasad Ganguly has been awarded the Mexican
Order of the Aztec Eagle.
Professor Shyama Prasad Ganguly is a well-known Hispanist
who has headed the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal
Nehru University five times.
It is the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by
Ganguly was decorated with the striking gold-yellow insignia
by Mexican Ambassador Melba Pria at a ceremony in the India International
Center (IIC) on November 19.
The award was in recognition of his "outstanding work
in the study and dissemination of the Spanish language and Mexican
Ganguly belonged to that first generation of a handful of
Indian academics who "actually made everybody else interested in
He has authored, edited and translated over 25 books in an
academic career spanning 40 years.
The award ceremony followed a seminar on late Mexican Nobel
laureate Octavio Paz, who had constantly endeavoured to create bridges between
India and his country.
Ganguly has been involved in teaching and research in the
area of Spanish and Latin American studies as well as Comparative and Reception
studies at JNU from 1978 onwards.
He has guided PhD and MPhil research work as well and has
also taught Economics at two colleges in the University of Delhi from 1967 to
1977 with focus on developmental perspectives of the third world countries.
He has carried out studies on Indo-Hispanic relationship and
published numerous books and research papers on the subject.
He has edited and translated bilingual poetry anthologies in
Spanish and Indian languages.
He has delivered lectures all over the world and was awarded
in many Latin American countries, including the Order of Merit for
Distinguished Services from Peru.