Hakim Khan Sur Award - (Established in 1986)
Hakim Khan Sur was a Pathan who came to Mewar from his domicile in Hyderabad, Deccan. He became a general in Rana Pratap’s army and fought to uphold the freedom and beliefs of his adopted home in the epic battle of Haldi Ghat (1576 AD) against the invading Mughal army of Emperor Akbar.
This is the first recorded instance in the Annals of Mewar in which the responsibility of leading the Mewar army was not entirely entrusted to Shaktawat or Chundawat brethren. This was the direct consequence of Hakim Khan Sur’s declared undertaking that no one would be able to part him from his sword in a battle.
Despite his being a follower of Islam fighting against his blood brothers, he was the first to lay down his life in battle thereby fulfilling his commitment to uphold the freedom and honour of Mewar.
Even in death no one could part him from his sword and he was buried with full honours – sword in hand.
His sacrifice is symbolic of the supremacy of ideology over religious and comminution – a unique example of his belief in the principles and commitment of unquestionable loyalty and devotion to Manav Dharma.
The Hakim Khan Sur award is a National Award. This award has been instituted to honour work of permanent value for the cause of national integration.
This national award consists of:
- A ceremonial shawl.
- A silver “Toran” plaque of honour.
- A felicitation certificate
- One cash award of Rs. 51,001/-