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Monday, 30 March, 2015, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Mandip Singh Soin receives ‘Citation of Merit’ from the Explorers Club

Mandip Singh Soin, Founder of Ibex Expeditions in India, Founder President of Ecotourism Society of India, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK and the Explorers Club, USA, was awarded the ‘Citation of Merit’ at the recent 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner, in recognition of his work in mountaineering. He is the first Indian and the first from the travel industry from across the globe to receive the honour, as per a release.

The 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner was held across three venues of the Intrepid, the American Museum of Natural History, and the United Nations Building. The guests included astronauts like Honorary Chair John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin; ocean explorers like Bob Ballard, Sylvia Earle, and Jim Cameron; and Don Walsh, Honorary President, Explorers Club; mountaineers; polar explorers; international leaders; military heroes; and royalty.

The Explorers Club stated, “We believe Mandy’s lifetime achievement represents a meritorious example of this principle.”

In his acceptance speech, Soin addressed the gathering, saying, “We have a third century Vedic saying in Sanskrit - ’Udaar charitanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ - which translates into ‘The Planet is my Home’.  At the Explorers Club, we can expand this idea to imply that the whole universe - or all universes - are our home. This intense feeling of respect and big belonging, beyond the artificial borders of countries, is the sentiment we need that requires us to remain in ecological and spiritual equilibrium within our own world, here and now.”

With the award, Soin joins the ranks of past awardees like Jeff Bezoz; Robert Swan; Erden Eruç; John Hemming, CMG; Gilbert M Grosvenor; Lord Robert S T Chorley; Nigel N Winser; Naomi Uemura; and Robert D Ballard, Ph.D.
 
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