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As a young student activist, he was imprisoned during Mahatma Gandhis
non-violent Quit India movement against British colonial rule.
He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1953 and served as Ambassador
in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe before joining UNESCO in 1982.
In recognition of his life-long devotion to the cause of communal harmony
and peace, a biannual "UNESCO-Madanjeet
Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence"
was unanimously established by UNESCO Executive Board in 1995.
An international jury, chaired by Nobel Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, awarded the 1998 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize jointly to two non-governmental organizations - the Shanti Sena (Peace Brigade) in India, volunteers dedicated to religious tolerance and non-violence and the Joint Action Committee for Peoples Rights (JAC) in Pakistan, a coalition of some 30 womens organizations working to protect human rights, encourage mutual understanding and friendship between India and Pakistan and fight religious intolerance.
Madanjeet Singh founded South Asia Foundation in 2000,
as he ardently believes that the survival and future of South Asia depends
entirely on regional cooperation. His devotion to this cause is manifested
by the fact that he has committed to SAF his considerable wealth generated
by the sale of stocks of Art Technology Group (ATG), an American software
company created by his son Jeet Singh, a trustee of South Asia Foundation.
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