Honorable Senator
Richard G. Lugar
Bhagat Singh Thind Award*
For Human Values, Justice & Harmony

   ‘An Outstanding Legislator’
Dick Lugar is an unwavering advocate of U.S. leadership in the world, strong national security, free-trade and economic growth. He is the longest serving U.S. Senator in Indiana history. He is the Republican leader on Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committees and is widely respected by the world leaders. Since 1976, he has been elected by a two-thirds majority and has also been the author of a wide array of successful legislative initiatives.

Richard Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, due to his legislative role, nearly 6,000 nuclear warheads were deactivated which were once aimed at the United States.
In 1996, Senator Lugar led the successful opposition to replacing the school lunch program with block grants in the welfare reform bill. He also has been a strong advocate of literacy and school reform efforts. He has aggressively promoted the research-based "Success for All" reform plan, which has boosted reading skills academic achievement in schools throughout the nation. He authored and passed the S-CHIP Improvement Act of 1999, which facilitated sign-ups for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

In 1985, Senator Lugar authored the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which became arguably the most successful soil erosion control program in history. As the co-author of the 1998 Tropical Forest Conservation Act and the 1989 Global Environmental Protection Assistance Act, he has been an active advocate of debt-for-nature swaps. Recently he has led intitiative in support of Climate Change issues.

Senator Lugar was the co-author of the 1996 Nunn-Lugar-Domenici program, which has facilitated the training of first responders in more than 120 cities for the possibility of an attack by nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.

Richard Lugar, and his wife Charlene, were married September 8, 1956, and have four sons and seven grandchildren.

*Bhagat Singh Thind - During World War I, Bhagat Singh Thind fought as part of the U.S. Army but was denied the citizenship on account of his ethnicity. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court but he lost it. This was one of the earliest battles for civil rights by the Asians and his case had impacted the rights of all Asians until the 1940's when the new laws were enacted. Bhagat Singh Thind is a shining example of bravery, steadfastness and formidable spirit.This former soldier went on to obtain a Ph.D. from Berkeley and lectured throughout the country on interfaith understanding and human values.