Section III — Awards, Achievements and Legacy
“Her loyalties to the passengers of the aircraft in distress will forever be a lasting tribute to the finest qualities of the human spirit.”— Ashok Chakra citation
Neerja’s act of bravery was acknowledged and rewarded by the Indian, Pakistan and American governments. She was awarded the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest honour for bravery in peacetime and she became the youngest civilian to receive it. A postage stamp was also issued in her honour in 2004.
In 2005, her brother went to Washington DC to receive the ‘Justice for Crimes Award’ awarded posthumously to her as part of the ‘Annual Crime Rights Week’. She also received the Tamgha-e-Insaniyat award.
“Her loyalties to the passengers of the aircraft in distress will forever be a lasting tribute to the finest qualities of the human spirit.”— Ashok Chakra citation.
The above piece of Ashok Chakra citation brings about the Indian government's recognition and respect given on the extraordinary qualities of Neerja's duty, empathy, commitment, and serving spirit. Not only the Indian government but Pakistan and the American governments also praised and awarded Neerja for her courage. She was the first person to receive the Ashok Chakra, India's lifetime achievement honour for bravery in times of peace. In \(2004\), a postage stamp was also issued in her honour.
Her brother travelled to Washington, DC in \(2005\) to receive the 'Justice for Crimes Award,' which was awarded to her posthumously as part of the 'Annual Crime Rights Week.' She was also awarded the Tamgha-e-Insaniyat. Her great work was given recognition for saving victims during crisis.
Meaning of difficult words:
The quality of being constant in your support
A feeling of unhappiness or sadness
A statement or an award intended to show respect for a person's accomplishments
|Bravery||A quality of facing danger without any fear|
|Acknowledge||To recognise something|
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-3 English Standard-7. A Story of Self Sacrifice and Bravery (pp. 105-111). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.